Pokken Tournament is a Wii U game that combines the fighting elements of the popular Tekken series with characters from the Pokémon franchise. It was released only two months ago, on March 18th, and quickly became a high-selling and popular game.
Following the original Tekken design, Pokken Tournament is a game in which you choose a character and engage in combat with an opponent. These playable characters include Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Gengar, and Gardevoir. It is also possible to play as Shadow Mewtwo, which can be unlocked with an amiibo card. Not only that, but players can choose to take a set of two support Pokémon with them to assist in their fights. These include Farfetch’d and Electrode, Umbreon and Espeon, and Reshiram and Cresselia.
The release of this combination game actually resulted in Wii U sales increasing by more than 150%. Pokken Tournament also sold an impressive 70,000 copies in the first two days after its release.
In fact, this game has actually outsold Street Fighter V on PS4 in the US.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise; upon its release, Street Fighter V was immediately hit with criticisms regarding its lack of single-player content, and its online instability. Even though this PS4 game received a 78/100 score on Metacritic and Pokken a score of 77/100, it has still been outsold by the popular Wii U game in the US.
Industry analyst ZhugeEX shared the news on twitter on May 13th, although no specific sales numbers were given. The general numbers, however, don’t include digital sales, such as the game copies downloaded from Steam, the Nintendo eShop, and the Playstation Store.
Upon being questioned further, ZhugeEX added that “based on the physical numbers, [the digital sales] won’t make much of a difference”. Although this is ambiguous, it suggests that the Pokken Tournament sales are significantly ahead of Street Fighter V sales.
It might not be too late for the PS4 game to jump ahead, as Street Fighter V releases more content and puts its delicate launch behind it. We’ll just have to wait and see!