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).
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!