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Tekken is 20 years old – Bandai Namco release montage

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Heihachi got so old O_o I remember when he had black hair

It’s not just the PlayStation that’s 20 years old now. The first Tekken debuted in arcade two decades ago believe it or not. It was later ported and found a home on the first of Sony’s console, and each sequel has done so since then. Want to see how the series has evolved?

Trust me, it has… we’re talking near-Final-Fantasy-VII-like block muscles in the first game for crying out loud! Bandai Namco have put together a montage showcasing every title in the series, from the first right through to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Game Informer via @Harada_TEKKEN).

(Vidme Link)

As a matter of interest, here are all the dates of release for the arcade versions. A console port usually happened the following year.

  • 1994 – Tekken
  • 1995 – Tekken 2
  • 1997 – Tekken 3
  • 1999 – Tekken Tag Tournament
  • 2001 – Tekken 4
  • 2004 – Tekken 5
  • 2007 – Tekken 6
  • 2011 – Tekken Tag Tournament 2

I have a soft spot for Tekken, I think it’s easily my favourite fighting game – beating the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat only because I spent countless hours with Tekken 2 when I was a young un.The series will continue with Tekken 7 which will see an arcade release in February 2015. I’m still waiting for Tekken X Street Fighter. That should come out one day, right?

Street Fighter V was recently announced, and it is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and PC. Imagine the drama if, by some dark sorcery, Microsoft secured Tekken 7 as a Xbox One exclusive. That’s unlikely to happen though, as Tekken has been synonymous with PlayStation since the very beginning.

What’s your favourite Tekken title? Are you feeling ancient now? I know I am!

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Last Updated: December 8, 2014


  1. Well, that was, um, an interesting video. Perhaps a bit slower and not such a quick montage of pictures. Also, some more video of actual game play and not character intro and end videos perhaps?

    Still, 20 years on! Wow. How much fun was Tekken 3? It was just an awesome game, fun at the heart of it.


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 8, 2014 at 15:36

    “when I was a young un”… When was that, last week? How time flies. ;P


  3. RinceThis

    December 8, 2014 at 15:38

    That’s more Tekkens then ESKOM has been doing recently…


  4. Hammersteyn

    December 8, 2014 at 15:39

    Matty is feeling ancient. WE MUST DEFEND THE ANCIENTS!
    *Picks a Dota character


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 8, 2014 at 15:42

      I’d help, but I don’t know any DOTA characters other than Pikachu.


      • Scruff304

        December 8, 2014 at 15:50

        Comment of the week, right over here! Thanks for the lols… Now please clean the coffee of my screen…


    • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

      December 8, 2014 at 15:43

      *Picks Puck or Pudge just to screw with him


  5. Hammersteyn

    December 8, 2014 at 15:41

    Tekken 5. Mostly because it was bundled with Tekken 1,2 and 3 on the same disc. Couldn’t believe what a bargain it was when I bought it. Now it will be paid DLC.


    • DrKiller

      December 9, 2014 at 12:34

      Namco won’t release paid DLCs for Tekken.. They are not EA 🙂


  6. Thami540

    December 8, 2014 at 15:47

    Tekken 3 is my favourite. Tekken 2 OST is the best.


  7. CAE9872

    December 8, 2014 at 16:31

    I would say Tekken 3


  8. Tbone187

    December 8, 2014 at 16:40

    My 3 second KO with Paul in Tekken 2 makes it a clear leader.


  9. DrKiller

    December 9, 2014 at 12:32

    Played all of them!

    Tekken 3 was probably the best at the time… Most new characters in a new Tekken game as well as Tekken Ball and Tekken Force.. That was pretty cool..

    They need to remake all of these Tekkens in HD versions… I’ll so preorder that 😀


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