Bandai Namco reports that its latest fighting game, Pokken Tournament, has now sold over one million copies worldwide. Pokémon Tournament initially started off as an arcade concept that quickly gained popularity. Its success prompted Nintendo and Bandai Namco to focus on porting the game straight to WiiU.
Building upon the unprecedented success of the console edition, both companies took aggressive steps to establish a robust tournament initiative. The Pokken Tournament World Championship Series garnered a lot of interest across the globe, and it inspired notable high-level players like Panda Global’s Steven 'Coach Steve' Delgado to become a devoted competitor.
Pokkén Tournament has gained significant exposure thanks to the support of prestigious tournament brands like the Evolution Championship Series, which included the title as part of its primary lineup.
To add some context, video game analyst Daniel Ahmad pointed out that Street Fighter V current sales metrics isn’t too far ahead.
Capcom’s tentpole esports-based IP recently reached 1.4 million units combined between the PlayStation 4 and PC platforms. It seems unlikely that Pokkén Tournament will ever catch up to Smash 4, which has already surpassed the 13 million mark.