Retro Gaming- Tekken Tag Tournament: (1999)

The Tekken series was probably among the coolest fighting games when it first began around mid 90’s.  Many people loved the sequels following the original Tekken title which was originally released during the later part of 1994.  Following the release of third installment in the late 90’s Namco had developed another cool game in the series known as Tekken Tag Tournament in the summer of 1999.  When Tekken Tag Tournament was first released many people were excited about the fact that they could switch between selected characters during 2 on 2 battles.  Another thing that was very cool about this game was the fact that it included many returning characters from the first three prequels including Jin Kazama, Nina Williams, Eddy Gordo, Hworang, Yoshimitsu, Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima and many more.  The arcade version of Tekken Tag Tournament was awesome after it was first released but when the game was ported to PlayStation 2 many people will agree that the visual presentation had improved dramatically.

Even though, the graphics for the PS2 version was so much better some would argue that playing the game in an arcade center provided a much better atmosphere to have fun.  As exciting as the 2 on 2 team battle feature was Tekken Tag Tournament  had lacked an actual storyline along with cinematic endings for each character.  However, since Tekken Tag Tournament was regarded as a non-canon title for the series many people did not have a problem with it.  Besides around the late 90’s and early 2000’s many people were probably still playing Tekken 3 for the PS1.  When Tekken Tag Tournament was first released for the Namco System 12 in 1999 the desire to play this game was much higher because there was no possible way that it could be ported for the PS1.  Those who loved the Tekken series would only be able to play Tag Tournament after the PlayStation 2 was released in 2000.  Since the PlayStation 2 was backward compatiblity with the PS1 people could play Tekken Tag Tournament along with the rest of the games within its series.  While Tekken Tag Tournament might not be the most popular game in the series it was definitely one of the most innovative in terms of gameplay.


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