We have heard of, and talked about Pokken Tournament previously as well, but the developers filed a trademark for it only now and luckily there is something to take out of it.
The game currently is Arcade only, but it looks like when it does come out on consoles, there will be Amiibo support for it – or at least the filing with OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market Europe) suggests so.
Apart from mentioning the generic categories that this trademark – filed under sections 9, 14, 20, 28, 35 and 41 – can be used for like computer games downloadable games, programs, software and a number of other categories that all sound the same, this trademark also mentions NFC technology.
You might be wondering what that is and why that is important, so here goes: NFC is the abbreviation of Near Field Communication and while giving the examples of such devices, the trademark for Pokken Tournament also mentions “figurines.”
Now we don’t know of any other type of figurines that fall under the NFC category than Amiibo – unless Nintendo wishes to introduce a completely new product which doesn’t seem likely.
That being said, here’s the part of trademark description that relates to Amiibo:
Near field communication (NFC) technology-enabled devices, namely, key chain tags, key chains, key fobs, key tags, key rings and key holders, and figurines, to facilitate the transmission and recording and exchange of video game content.
Of course it will have to be confirmed by the Pokken Tournament developers first but there must be a reason why NFC was mentioned, right?