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Byte Sized: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is an outstanding game, we already said as much in our Xbox 360 review a few months ago. It has super fast action, a wonderful roster of fighters from past and present and some of the best graphics you'll see in a fighting game. Well, I'm pleased to say that this stunning game has just got a whole lot better, thanks to the release of the Wii U. Who'd have thought a fighter would be the systems best third party game, but it is.

Loading up the Wii U disc, you'll notice that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has all of the content from the other versions, which is a great start. The main difference here though is that Namco has also crammed in a couple of extra modes in Mushroom Battle, Tekken Ball and Tekken Supporters. In addition there are also Nintendo themed costumes, allowing you to dress your characters up as the likes of Mario and Luigi.



Of the gameplay modes added, Tekken Ball is basically Volleyball with fighting moves. The idea here is to whack the ball into the opponents half of the court and keep it off the ground. The player who does let the ball hit the ground loses life, with the winner decided in the usual way (i.e when your opponents health bar is depleted). This mode originally appeared in Tekken 3 and it's just as fun as it was then, so much so that owners of this game on other consoles are missing out.

The best addition without a doubt though is Mushroom Battle, this is simply excellent and to be honest I've hardly been able to put it down. What happens here is that during a level mushrooms will appear on the selected stage and as you fight your opponent you'll get a chance to grab these. If you're lucky and you get a good mushroom you'll grow to giant proportions, giving you the chance to crush your tiny opponent into the ground. Grab a bad mushroom though and you'll shrink in size. Both states can have their advantages and disadvantages, although being bigger always seems to give you the best chance. In all honesty, Mushroom Battle is one of the most entertaining game modes I've ever played, made even better by the upbeat Mario music which plays in the background.



Other differences within the game come down to the Wii U and its controller. Features outside fighting allow you to read about the characters and doodle on their costumes, while during a brawl the gamepad offers instant access to preset moves and combos. In addition, all previous DLC from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions is automatically unlocked in this version, while you also have the bonus of not needing an online pass.

Graphically Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Wii U is at least on a par with the Xbox 360 version. There really is no difference in this respect, meaning that you won't be taking a step down is you were waiting on the Wii U version. In fact it's fair to say that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the definitive version of the game. I'm not saying you should go and trade in your 360 if you're a massive fan of the series, however if you're yet to pick up the game then the Wii U version is definitely the one to go for.

As mentioned, we have already reviewed Tekken Tag Tournament 2, hence the reason for the 'Byte Sized' tag. If you want to know all about the game, then read our full review of the Xbox 360 version here. Just be safe in the knowledge that Namco's done a brilliant job here, so if you've picked up a Wii U then be sure to check out this game out.

(Version Tested: Wii U)

Pros

- Extra Game Modes
- Fantastic Graphics
- Fast Paced Action
- Superb Sounds

Cons

- GamePad Could Offer More


Edited On 02 Dec, 2012

Comments
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Robichoico 4 years ago
I picked this one up too. Was so glad to see all the DLC in there too. And the price was right (sorry Shopto. Amazon had it for £30) which wasn't a huge markup compared to the other versions. The problem I did have was how unfriendly it is to new people. I tried to play the tutorial but it kinda told me everything once and then challenged me to remember it. So was basically trial and error and so not fun. I also couldn't get the Analogue sticks to work and was forced to use the D-Pad. Which I honestly couldn't figure out why in this day and age you cannot use the sticks. But meh. I'm not a huge fighting fan anyways and picked this one up on a whim. It's decent enough. (Although it's a shame this is the first Tekken for Wii U as I have no idea who any of these people are.)
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Barada 4 years ago
The issue with many fighting games, is the sheer amount of moves usually available. There are some great games out there, where only a small number of players ever become proficient with the controls, the rest of us just become random move fighters, with little or no actual style! ;)
Dovey's avatar
totally agree. some games go over the top with the amount of buttons and controls for all different moves. but as gamers I think that is what we love. the thrill of split screen against your mate with 5% life left whilst tapping every last button till your fingers fall off just to survive. games like that especially tekken made my childhood.
Dovey 4 years ago
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Dead 4 years ago
So glad I waited for the Wii U version of this, the extra game modes sound great. It's currently top of my rental list, and I'll pick up my own copy when it's cheap in the new year.
Barada's avatar
Tend to side with Soul Calibur, Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros. for my fighting fixes.
Barada 4 years ago
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
The extras don't sound very exciting, and after all the problems I've heard about the Wii U version (Lower sub-HD resolution than PS3/360, online issues) in addition to it being the most expensive version by far, this doesn't sound a very worthwhile purchase if you can get the game on any other platform.
Robichoico's avatar
online is fine on the Wii U version. Been on it all afternoon without a hiccup at all. Incidently. I had a look around. Seems the cheapest I can find this on the PS3/360 is at £23 while on Wii U cheapest is £27. So £4 difference. In the meantime you get extra modes (which wouldn't interest you since they're nintendo modes.) and most of, if not all of the DLC released thus far. So factoring all of that in it's the same price for all three versions.
Robichoico 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
It must be killing kevin that all the rmultiplatform Wii U games are the best versions ;)
Dead 4 years ago
PrometheusFan's avatar
Nope yet again. Go take a look on the tech analysis sites like Digital Foundry and Lens of Truth to see their analyses of Wii U games against existing versions and not one of them is the "best" version by any stretch of the imagination. Several actually don't match up to the PS3/360 versions at all in fact (See Batman for the showcase example of this). Robi, all the DLC for Tekken Tag 2 has been free, so that isn't a factor.
PrometheusFan 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
That explains everything, you listen to a bunch of nit picking pedants who analyse and over exaggerate slight graphical differences rather than people who play the games and judge them on how well they play.
Dead 4 years ago
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Beazi 4 years ago
I would want this just for Mario vs Bowzer that is just flipping awesome!
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shiny miller 4 years ago
And of course one big advantage of this over the Xbox version is the Xbox controller is AWFUL for beat-em ups. The d-pad is just a mess and you need to invest in a specialist controller if you want to play properly, so in that respect the PS3 and WiiU are always going to be better.
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Beazi 4 years ago
I never have played a beat em up on the Xbox but never was a fan of there controllers especially my original one years ago which was enormous!
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Glad to see that the games coming out on the WiiU are the same if not better than the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions. Loved this game on 360 and if i get a WiiU (hopefully) then i will be getting this, The extra modes and costumes look amazing!!
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Beazi 4 years ago
Wonder if you can dress up as Yoshi!
Robichoico's avatar
Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, Link, Zero Suit Samus, Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Zelda and Fox
Robichoico 4 years ago
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GAZZAAAAAAAAA 4 years ago
I've not played a Tekken game in years shame on me I know,this looks pretty cool.

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