Tekken 3DS: Most Wanted Features
Tekken Bowl, online play, Mokujin? Make it happen, Namco Bandai.
Nintendo's portable systems have a shaky history with fighting games. There's a Game Boy version of Street Fighter II that Capcom would like to forget, along with a string of horrible Mortal Kombats that were tossed into the bargain bin. Suffice to say, you don't purchase Nintendo handhelds to play outstanding fighters.
At least that used to be an unwritten rule. Now, you can play two hard-hitting and fun brawlers on the company's 3DS, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, and Dead or Alive Dimensions, both of which prove that it's possible to bring a stellar beat-em-up to a Nintendo platform.
Not content to let Capcom and Tecmo Koei have all the fun, Namco Bandai plans to unleash Tekken 3DS upon the masses. The 17-year old franchise has remained consistently great, both on consoles and handhelds. Even Tekken Advance offered a few hours of punch happy fun.
As for Tekken 3DS, Namco Bandai rolled out footage over a month ago that showed what 3DS was capable of, but that was it. No release date, characters or modes.
With this in mind, we created a list of features we'd most like to see.
The biggest Tekken roster yet
Both Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive Dimensions have huge rosters, with 35 and 26 characters, respectively. We expect nothing less from Tekken 3DS. Put everyone in there. Nina Williams, Heihachi Mishima, Paul Phoenix. We'll even take Panda and Mokujin. The more competitors, the better.
Capcom did a wonderful job making use of the 3DS' StreetPass feature, allowing players to fight without opening their systems; DoA uses this as well. Would be great to have a similar option in Tekken 3DS.
Like StreetPass, both Super Street Fighter IV and DoA let gamers compete against other players from around the world. Namco Bandai shouldn't release Tekken 3DS without this very important feature.
We had a blast playing Tekken bowling in the original Tekken Tag Tournament for PlayStation 2. That said, the recent (and free) iPhone/iPad game was a bit light on options. Namco Bandai can redeem itself with a more full featured mini-game in Tekken 3DS, with more playable characters, environments and puzzles.
While on the subject of mini-games, we'd love to see Tekken Force make a comeback. The mode, which first debuted in Tekken 3, is a side-scrolling Streets of Rage style beat-em-up that tasks players with pummeling a bunch of thugs. Just a cool way to pass the time.
Virtual command list
Tekken appeals to both casual and hardcore players, thanks to user-friendly controls. To make each character's moves more accessible, the developers should display them on the touch screen, giving players a chance to pull off devastating maneuvers with a single button press.
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