In late March, The Pokémon Company announced that it would be cancelling the annual championship series for its video and card games due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. A bummer for sure, but understandable. It’s now replaced those tournaments with the next best thing: online competition.
A Pokkén Tournament event at SwitchFest in California crowdfunded travel for two internationally elite competitors, Tsubasa “CrossIgarashi” Igarashi of Japan and José Manuel “XAbsoluted” Sanjuán Carreño of Spain. Curiously, it wasn’t just fans and spectators supporting these players, but also their direct competition.
Croagunk was the closest thing the Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament has to the prototypical fighting game joke character, but the character’s stock rose dramatically over the weekend when a player discovered something new about its Gunk Shot.