As anyone who was at Eurogamer will tell you, the Nintendo section at Eurogamer was a consistently busy place. There were queues to get in that took hours and hours, and, understandably, even once you got in there was waiting about to do as everyone was so keen to try the new Wii-U titles. But there was one terminal that I always found free. This may have had something to do with the fact it was concealed around some hidey-hole, and had no literature stuck up in the main area directing people to it. However I certainly wasn’t begrudging the lack of queues to use this terminal, for it housed the game I had most been looking forward to playing at the con. It housed Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U version.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition will be released on 30th November, making it one of the console’s launch titles. It follows the release of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, which are available to purchase now.
The gameplay is similar to that of other 6th generation Tekken titles, except with the added tactical opportunities afforded by the switch in/out tag system. Modes available to play at Eurogamer were regular Arcade mode and ‘Mushroom Battle’ mode. Mushroom Battle mode, to those of you who haven’t been following recent gaming news, is an exclusive mode to the Wii U version, where players can grow or shrink in size in response to eating the giant/mini Mario mushrooms (first introduced in New Super Mario Bros) dotted around the stage. Its a brilliant innovation, and watching my character of choice Bob grow even more huge and stomping around the screen was a personal highlight of the show. Beware mind : the size shifts have a big effect your character’s attributes, chiefly power and speed. So while my giant Bob had the ability to pack an even greater punch than usual, it hardly mattered as he was so slow he rarely got the chance.
I must point out, for those of you who are wondering, that this game appears not to have any special uses for the Wii U Gamepad, other than offering players the option to view the action on its screen instead.
The Wii U graphics look every bit as good as they do in the Xbox/PS3 versions. Which is a plus or a disappointment depending on your expectations of Nintendo’s latest. Regardless of your opinion on this, however, it cannot be denied that, regardless of format its played on, TTT2 is a very pretty game. Those familiar with earlier releases in the generation will notice that what you have here are all new character models, new animations, new backdrops, everything. No effort has been spared. And everything looks so vibrant and detailed! Namco Bandai have really outdone themselves here.
The music, composed by techno legend Akitaka Tohyama (who also worked on the first Tekken Tag and Katamari Damacy) sounds like a euphoric blend that sits somewhere between Funky-House and J-Pop. Clearly influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, these tracks really pump adrenaline through your veins, and are perfectly suited to a title with such a high emphasis on multiplayer as this.
In conclusion, if you’re planning on getting a Wii U I would certainly say its worth putting off the purchase of this title until you get it, as the Mushroom Battle Mode really does add an element of fun and sillyness you just don’t usually see in a series such as Tekken. Other incentives include the fact it will exclusively allow you to dress your character in costumes you can’t find in the other versions, based on Nintendo characters such as Link and Mario. All in all it seems like the superior version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Would it be worth buying a Wii U just for this game? If it were a complete Wii U exclusive there would be a strong argument to say so. However, if you’ve already got an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 the extras, while awesome, probably aren’t quite amazing enough to justify the purchase of a whole new console. Not one at £300 anyway. I say probably, as I know a small number of our readers are crazy enough both about Nintendo and Tekken to actually purchase a whole new console just for the exclusive Ninty outfits. For most of us (myself included) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is already amazing enough as it is.
The bottom line is this : Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is one of the finest fighting games you will ever play. Regardless of console you’re getting it for ; buy it for God’s sake!