Genre: 3D Fighting Game
Platform: Wii U
Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Release Date: November 18, 2012
The words Tekken and Nintendo really don’t go well with each other: the series has always been a Sony franchises and has only opened up recently to the Microsoft Xbox 360 console. The only Tekken entries for Nintendo consoles have been two portable games released on Game Boy Advance and 3DS and both haven’t done too well on the market. Namco tries again to bring the Tekken franchise on a Nintendo console with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the new Wii U. The first Tekken Tag Tournament was released as a launch game for Ps2 and was a pretty successful game for a number of reasons. Will TTT 2 do the same, being a launch window title for the Wii U? Let’s find out together.
Two is better than one
The last time Tekken characters appeared in a fighting game, it was for the mediocre Street Fighter X Tekken, a game remembered more for its controversy rather than for its unbalanced gameplay. This is probably the reason why TTT 2 was presented right from the beginning as a pro-player game: no paid DLC characters, extra features on the online mode and an overall high level of attention in making the community as good as it can be. Gameplay wise, the features around 60 playable characters and the copy-paste job that is usually expected out of such a roster is almost non existent: almost all characters play differently without adding any new character to the roster. The game’s Tag mechanics add a lot to the game, making the game quite hard to master: however Namco has added the possibility to play one against one as to make the game more newbie friendly, together with a slew of the usual offline modes like Arcade, Survival and so on.
Wii U Exclusives
If you have played any recent Tekken game, you know what to expect from this Tekken Tag Tournament 2: a solid beat em up with some deep Tag mechanics and online masters who will crush newbies easily. If you’re in for more, the Wii U version offers some exclusive content. Tekken Ball makes a comeback from Tekken 3 and it’s just as fun: throw a ball at the opponent to damage them and win the match. The other new mode is not as fun: in Mushroom mode you’ll be playing as Mario and other characters, looking for the mushrooms on stages and win the match by obtaining and using them. This mode is kinda chaotic: not being playable online also makes it a bit pointless. Among the additions are some other Nintendo themed costumes: not being customizable doesn’t make them that great of an addition, but it could be fun to see Heihachi Mishima dressed as Link or Toad as he crushes his opponents. Other than that, the game is almost identical to the Ps3 and Xbox 360 versions: no slowdowns, same graphics and controls with the Pro Pad. For players wanting to use the Gamepad they can set 4 pre set combos and unleash them by tapping the Gamepad’s screen or press a button while holding the L trigger. The game also features the Off TV Play option, something that’s always nice to find in a Wii U Game and that some launch titles didn’t have, unfortunately. The Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament also comes with all the DLC, free and paid, for the game as an added bonus.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U is an excellent port: it plays and looks just like the other versions. The additions are small and not to good, to be honest, so I don’t see any reason for players owning other versions to get this one as well. There’s a small Gamepad integration, some extra pointless modes and costumes, all DLC on disk and little else. If you have a Wii U and don’t have any other mean to play Tekken Tag Tournament 2, get it: the fact that it comes with all DLC is a nice bonus. Everyone else won’t be missing much.
- Plays and looks like the Ps3/Xbox 360 version
- Solid gameplay and online experience
- Many unique characters available
- Customization Options
- Tekken Ball mode is as fun as it was in Tekken 3
- All DLC on disc
- Off Tv Play option
- Mushroom mode is chaotic and pointless
- Nintendo Costumes are limited
- While solid, the online community has very low numbers compared to the other versions of the game.
8 out of 10 for the game’s content, 7 out of 10 for the Wii U version exclusive features
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