The good news for Pokken fans is that the game is still getting supported. October 13, a week from now, will include the reveal of yet another addition to the roster.
In fact, it’s not the only new character at all – though you might not have known if, like the rest of the western playerbase, you’ve ever only touched the Wii U version. Legendary nightmare Pokemon Darkrai was made a Pokken fighter months ago – exclusively for the arcade version.
That was back in July. It’s now been three months, and there’s been not a word of his inclusion on home consoles.
In fact, according to dataminers, Pokken’s supposed to be getting three fighters – Darkrai, yes, but also Scizor and Empoleon. The data for them is on the Wii U version, which only makes the silence on console support all the more deafening – the groundwork for their release’s in place, so why aren’t they launching?
Naturally, speculation includes the possibility that work on console updates has been stalled in advance of the highly speculated NX release. But, in itself, that raises further and increasingly awkward questions. Will the HORI gamepad, standardized for most tournament use, be cross-compatible? And more worryingly: will we have to buy a Pokken NX for the complete roster, or will the game we already spent money on be transferrable to the new system?
The Nintendo NX is expected to release sometime in March 2017.