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Pokken Tournament release date announced

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Pokémon battles are coming to the Wii U early this year.

Nintendo has given upcoming fighting game Pokkén Tournament a release date of March 18.

The upcoming game is part of the celebration for Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. Rather than the turn-based battles of traditional Pokémon games — or even other arena-like titles in the franchise like Pokémon Stadium — Pokkén Tournament will let players battle it out as Pokémon in a more traditional fighting game style.

The first run of copies will come with an Amiibo card that allows players to unlock the Shadow Mewtwo character.

Pokkén Tournament will arrive shortly after the original Pokémon games are re-released for the Nintendo 3DS on the franchise’s 20th anniversary, Feb. 27.

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