Pokkén Tournament is releasing next month, and fans of both Pokémon and fighting games are looking forward to seeing how the hybrid title works out. But however the game fares, one thing is for certain: it could have been very different. In fact, when Bandai Namco and The Pokémon Company first met to discuss creating a crossover, it didn’t involve Tekken at all. Rather, Bandai Namco approached CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara with a proposal to mix the Pokémon series with the very different Taiko Master series.

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Taiko Master games are rhythm titles which mostly revolve around hitting a drum to match the rhythm of the notes on the screen. It probably would have been quick and easy to make a Pokémon-themed version – throw some Pokémon on the screen, maybe use tunes from the Pokémon series, and you’re ready for release.

Of course, that’s not the direction they ended up going, mainly due to Ishihara. According to one of
Pokkén Tournament‘s co-producers, Katsuhiro Harada, “Mr. Ishihara actually said, ‘If we’re going to work with Bandai Namco, I want to do a collaboration with Tekken.’” Bandai agreed to his proposal, and from there the two companies began working together to craft a unique fighting game featuring the diverse and fascinating creatures of Pokémon.

I’m sure I’m not the only one thankful that they decided to go down this route instead. How about you? Are you looking forward to
Pokkén Tournament‘s Wii U release next month? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The Verge

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