Pokemon News: ‘Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’ Australia, NZ Hoopa event, ‘Pokken Tournament’ Wii U detailed

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Sceptile is the newest playable character revealed for "Pokken Tournament." Pokken Tournament website

A new event is starting out for “Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.” Fans who are in Australia and New Zealand can expect the Hoopa event.

The event will be running in three locations in Australia and two in New Zealand. According to trusted Pokemon source Serebii, the event will take place in JB Hi-Fi, Big W and EB Games in Australia and JB Hi-Fi and EB Games in New Zealand. The Hoopa event will run until Jan. 29 with a serial code cards distribution occurring for the mentioned stores.

Another “Pokemon” title, “Pokken Tournament” has received new details, starting with a definite release date. Tech Times reported that it will now debut on the Wii U on March 18.

This is the first time that fans from outside Japan will be able to play the game. It was previously released for Japan via arcade games, but the worldwide release will enable more fans to get their hands on “Pokken Tournament” via the Wii U.

Apart from the release date, the developer has also announced a few characters and game modes coming to the title. There is a fighting system that relies on distance of the fighters to each other. When players are far apart, the fight is more target-based, making use of projectiles or targets. For near-distance face-offs, fighters make use of a 2 fighting environment instead of the 3D experience. This transforms the game into a fighting arena-style combat.

Interestingly, “Pokken Tournament” will also make use of two types of Pokemon. Battle Pokemon will be at the forefront of fights, while Support Pokemon are expected to assist the main fighters when the time is right.

There are currently 16 Pokemon confirmed for as Battle Pokemon, including Pikachu Libre, Machamp, Lucario, Gengar, Garchomp, Shadow Mewtwo, Weavile and Suicune. Support Pokemon will come in pairs, like Emolga and Fennekin, Jirachi and Whimsicott and Frogadier and Eevee.

“Pokken Tounament” will also include Single Battles that features three difficulty levels. A local battle will also be available for those who will be playing on the GamePad and another player on the standard controller. An online mode also features two components, similar to other online style games. Friendly Matches will allow players to go against anyone, whether they are on their Friend Lists or bear the Battle Code for the Friendly Match. Ranked Matches, on the other hand, will allow players to earn rank points, which will dictate the awards given for every successful match.

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