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)
- Extra Game Modes
- Fantastic Graphics
- Fast Paced Action
- Superb Sounds
- GamePad Could Offer More