Jin Kazama getting smashed by his dad and his grandpa

Every gamer has fond memories of the video games that defined them growing up. Alongside television shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Biker Mice From Mars and the lesser known Dino Riders, there are certain games and consoles that are crucial to the culture of a particular time. Now think back to the beautiful Playstation 1, with it’s cheeky little 32 bit graphics, rounded disc plate and CDR functionality. The delicious daylight consuming light grey console could easily have caused the children of the time to be classified as vampires, were their behavior to be analyzed by a fantasy loving psychologist (and remember…this was before Twilight came along with it’s over-emotional, Sweet Valley High inspired romantic tarnishing of the very idea that vampires represent).  If I have successfully stirred the memory pots of all original playstation 1 owners, then you should find yourself reminiscing about THE original Tekken series, without forgetting the crazy colours of Wipeout and and the afternoon stealing Coolboarders.

And so it gives me great joy to reveal that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be released on Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 in September 2012. Although I never had the joy of playing the original Tekken Tag Tournament (my family didn’t own a PS2 at the time), that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a whale of time smashing it up in Tekken 4 and Tekken 5 during my stoner years. When Tekken 6 was finally released on the current generation of consoles, I was somewhat disappointed by the game, which seemed to have lost it’s original flair and fun factor. But I have faith in Namco. Tekken is always fun to play and I have no doubt that Tekken Tag 2 will bring back all the original elements that made the first Tekken games so awesome.

About Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

The gameplay expands on the tag mechanics featured in the first Tekken Tag, allowing for extended tag combos and combined moves. New techniques include combined tag throws which, if timed properly, can be escaped from. Tag combos (referred to as “Tag Assaults”) can now be done simultaneously with both characters participating in the combo at the same time. The game also inherits gameplay features from Tekken 6, such as “Bound” hits (hits that slam an airborne opponent to the ground and stun them so combos can be extended) and walled arenas. Character-customization is also be featured, similar to past Tekken games.

Features suggested by game developers include a Practice mode as well as a Tutorial mode to bring new players into the fold more smoothly than has been possible in the past. The game features a “stage gimmick” system. An example of the system shown in Famitsu has the player slamming his opponent into wall, which breaks and the opponent goes flying, landing in a new area where the fight continues. As the opponent falls, the tag partner is waiting at the bottom to continue the combo.

The game does not include the “Rage” system from Tekken 6, but a new tag partner Rage system like the “Netsu Power” in Tekken Tag Tournament will be a feature of the game.


Release Date:

September 2012

PS – You can only truly count yourself a Tekken fan if you’ve had sexual fantasies of Nina Williams. The bootylicious blonde bomb shell is arguably the best looking female game character in history, and her vivacious purple ways served as the catalyst for many cases of early onset puberty. Mere words will never do justice the shared digital girlfriend that so many gamers have played with, so I’ve placed a bonus screenshot gallery below. Magnifique!


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