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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U to Have 'Nintendo Like' Features

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The E3 sizzle-reel didn't lie

Sometimes we see reveals and footage at E3, allow ourselves to get intrigued and excited before an inevitable disappointment, weeks later, when we find out it was all a big tease. It happened to an extent at E3 2011, when a third-party Wii U sizzle reel showed off games that have since been withdrawn from the console; it was also confirmed that the footage was from Xbox 360 and PS3 titles, not Wii U dev kits.

In the case of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U, a brief glimpse demonstrated one fighter, Heihachi, eating a Mario power-up and increasing in size, no doubt going on to hand out a serious beat down. Was that a fun clip that won't actually resemble the final game? Thankfully, director Katsuhiro Harada has told that the Wii U version of the title will have unique, Nintendo-style touches.

Well, because of the controller, obviously there are going to be a few features that are more convenient because you can control them directly from the interface. But it’s not like the overall game mechanics are going to change that drastically. There are going to be some modes that will be interesting, because they are very Nintendo like. Some of this was shown at E3, where a mushroom drops down and Heihachi eats it and gets bigger. You know Nintendo fans hearing and seeing that just exploded with excitement. The things that we can do because it is Nintendo are things people will be very excited about, but we can’t go into it any further. That being said though, a lot of the online modes and customisation on the 360 and PS3 will be geared towards the core audience a little bit more.

As Namco Bandai is also involved in the next Super Smash Bros. entry, we can only hope that the partnership will lead to some interesting features in other Wii U titles. What kind of crazy power-ups or modes would you like to see in Tekken?


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Shpongled_Mario said:

Online and customization will be geared towards the "core" consoles...tell me that doesn't mean the Wii U versions online is gonna suck...



bro2dragons said:

I just hope it contains all the modes of the other two consoles AND the extra features. The Wii U is a more advanced system. Maybe not by a whole lot, but it's still stronger. There's no reason at all why it couldn't have as much content and more and I'll start getting really worries about the system's future if it starts off by getting lesser ports of PS360 games.



Kyloctopus said:

Yeah Tekken is a little bland in my opinion, if they do something Nintendo-esque it will really shake things up in a good way.



Koos said:

Yeah i hope that part was lost in translation or something because if something is dumbed down Nintendo should just stop releasing third party games on its platforms unless they contract not to be so stupid.



Pokefanmum82 said:

@mariomushroom all he said was that the online and customization on the 360 and the PS3 will be geared to the core audience. That has nothing to do with the WiiU's online or customization.



pikku said:

Haha, at first glance I thought that it said the game was to have "Nintendo-Life" features. Turns out I got my hopes up for nothing



komicturtle said:

Pikky, you have the most SEXIEST avatar on Nintendolife if not the whole internet. puts mine to shame.

Anyhow, glad there's nifty exclusive features in this game. Please have Sexy Suit Samus!



HaNks said:

comment about online is worrying so hopefully it will still have reasonable online functionality.

in fact there hasn't been much in the way of online gaming being confirmed for wii-u, compared to info on its social hub. being able to take any co-op or multiplayer game online should be a given in 2012, i'm looking at you pikmin 3 ¬_¬



darkgamer001 said:

"That being said though, a lot of the online modes and customisation on the 360 and PS3 will be geared towards the core audience a little bit more."
This is a bit he implying that they're taking a casual approach with the WiiU? I don't mind having extra features that give it a Nintendo feel, but these should be additional features and not replacing the experiences found on the versions available for the other consoles.



Mechadestroyah said:

@MarioMushrooms I think what he meant was that they are trying to advertise online and customization to the other systems, hopefully. As though those features would be the more definitive features for those consoles because of their limitations.



shonenjump86 said:

Cool, but I'm gonna stick with the other consoles with Tekken. Having exclusive Nintendo stuff won't be enough to make me get a Wii U.



Kage_88 said:

I have a feeling that Harada's comments about the Xbox 360 and PS3's online and customisation reflects the current lack of knowledge regarding Wii U's online services - rather than implying that it wil be 'inferior' to the competition.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will likely be out at launch - and I imagine that the Nintendo Network won't have a strong presence in the initial weeks of the console's availability (though I'd be glad if I was wrong).



Araknie said:

They are saying that putting Nintendo gear and customization is causal?

Never gonna buy a Tekken game anymore.

PS: I never did owned a Tekken game anyway...



MeloMan said:

Hmm... I took that to mean that "we won't go as far with the core experience for Wii U and will slide in Nintendophile stuff instead". Can't 3rd parties just give the exact on all, and THEN add the "signature" stuff because it's on a Nintendo platform? SERIOUSLY. Just give the Wii U version the full blown Monty first and FOREMOST. 3rd parties for Nintendo systems are forever convinced they cannot bring their untouched games over without Mario-ing them. Makes me sick some days, /rant



DrDaisy said:

Whatever they add, I hope it's optional. I don't want any damn blue shells while I'm trying to fight!

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