The Pokémon Company remains silent on whether Shadow Mewtwo is considered a canonical character in the long-running RPG series.
Created for spin-off brawler Pokkén Tournament, players will encounter the Pokémon when competing in the Ferrum League, a new single-player game mode exclusive to the Wii U version. Shrouded in mystery and possessing overwhelming strength, only successful players will bring the secrets of Shadow Mewtwo to light.
“When we were originally coming up with the design, we worked very closely with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak to make sure everything was right,” Pokkén Tournament producer Masaaki Hoshino explained to Polygon.
“What happened was, we at Bandai Namco had the idea of making a really cool dark-colored Mewtwo, so we had one of our designers take a crack at it and then presented that to The Pokémon Company and Game Freak. They all thought it looked really cool, so then we worked together to brush it up.
“Because everyone really liked Shadow Mewtwo, I have a personal hope that they’ll continue to use it, but it’s not really our decision, unfortunately.”
Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada added, “For this game, it is kind of a spin-off from the main series. It takes place in this area called the Ferrum Region, which means something like ‘Iron Region,’ playing back into the Tekken connection.
“So, within the context of this spin-off, [Shadow Mewtwo] is obviously a canonical character. Of course, how The Pokémon Company and Game Freak decide to use the character is up to them, but I think Mr. Hoshino’s passion for the character might inspire them and encourage them to use it!”
Pokkén Tournament will release exclusively for Wii U worldwide on March 18th.