Bandai Namco sprinkled some Tekken magic on top of Pokémon, and out came Pokkén Tournament. It came to Japanese arcades, then Wii U in 2016, then Nintendo Switch as Pokkén Tournament DX in 2017. The DX version sold over a million copies, so it wouldn’t be out of the question to expect a Pokkén sequel someday. Now, Bandai Namco General Manager Katsuhiro Harada has clarified on Twitter that he would like to make a Pokkén Tournament sequel, but that decision is up to Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, not him.
We have a good relationship with Nintendo and Pokemon Co., Ltd., and POKKÉN has had a great response, so I would like to make it again.
But it's not what we decide, it's what they decide.https://t.co/U8mzxSpWsv
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) January 24, 2021
Harada also stated that Bandai Namco has a good relationship with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, which was of course already assumed, considering they are all currently collaborating to create New Pokémon Snap. Although, if these three giants could get together to make a sequel as long anticipated by fans as New Pokémon Snap, then that makes the prospects for a Pokkén Tournament sequel look even better. If you’ve been holding out hope for such a game, I think there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic.
In related news, earlier this month, Katsuhiro Harada revealed that Bandai Namco is working on its priciest game ever right now, but we don’t know what it is yet.