Tekken Tag Tournament (鉄拳タッグトーナメント Tekken Taggu Tōnamento?, lit. Iron Fist Tag Tournament) is an update of Tekken 3 and is the fourth installment in the Tekken fighting game series. It is not canonical to the Tekken storyline however. The game was originally available as an update kit for Tekken 3.
Tekken Tag Tournament was first released in arcades and was later ported to the PlayStation 2. The arcade version operated similarly, but ran on a 32-bit graphics engine like Tekken 3. For the PlayStation 2 version however, the graphics were significantly enhanced from the arcade version, and it ran on a better game engine, which allowed the characters and stages to appear less angular and more detailed compared to how they used to look in the PS1 Tekken trilogy. Tekken Tag Tournament is one of the two games in the series to be released in an alternate cover.
Tekken Tag Tournament is a non-canon game which means it has no storyline. According to Namco, it brought back the characters that did not return to Tekken 3: Baek Doo San, Bruce Irvin, Jun Kazama, and Kunimitsu. Their ages were still the same from the previous Tekken games. It is more of a compilation of the Tekken series giving fans the opportunity to play as almost every character in the series up to that point, including many of those that had apparently been killed off in the main Tekken storyline. Of all the returning characters, Kazuya Mishima was the most heavily promoted, as he was featured prominently on the game's cover art and promotional material.
Tekken Tag Tournament was notable for having the largest character roster in the series up to that point, boasting a total of 39 playable characters. 37 characters return from previous installments in the series, and two new characters, Tetsujin, a costume swap of Mokujin, and Unknown, the boss character in this game, were introduced. The most prominent feature is its tag system. A player selects two characters and may tag out between them to utilize special combos and throws. When in Team Battle mode, the fights are also tag fights unless there is one person left on a team where they will fight alone.
Certain pairs of characters, when selected as a tag team, have special intros, win poses, lose poses, Tag Throws and also Netsu ratings. The Netsu ratings affect gameplay, and whether a character 'liked', was indifferent to, or 'disliked' another, would result in faster or slower ability to gain a damage boost when their partner was damaged. The special intros, win and lose poses are more lore based, and do not directly map onto the Netsu system, though the Netsu system can give hints as to who will have a special interaction. Some special intros can only be seen if the characters are wearing certain costumes.
Tekken Tag Tournament included a mini-game called Tekken Bowl, that challenged the player to use a team of characters to play a bowling game. Depending on the player's selected character, different attributes would be placed into effect in the mini-game. For example, Bryan Fury has a powerful roll due to his super strength, and he can use a targeting system to make more accurate shots because of his cybernetic enhancements. A physically weaker character like Julia Chang would have a much less powerful strike, but would be easier to control when placing the spin and amount of force on the ball. Yoshimitsu also has a targeting ability, which can control how straight the ball goes, making him one of the easiest to control characters of Tekken Bowl.
List of moves by character that can be performed in Tekken Tag Tournament.
|Armor King I|
|Baek Doo San|
|Tiger Jackson (acts as a costume swap of Eddy Gordo)|
|Alex (acts as a costume swap of Roger)|
|Angel (acts as a costume swap of Devil)|
|Mokujin (acts as a costume swap of Tetsujin)|
|Panda (acts as a costume swap of Kuma)|
|Unknown (unlockable, unplayable in the arcade version, playable in the PS2 version)|
Tekken Tag Tournament HD
Tekken Tag Tournament HD is a high-definition update to the original game. It was included in Tekken Hybrid and showcased enhanced graphics and included trophies. This HD re-release, however, removes the "1 on 1" single-player and "1 on 1 VS" game modes from the PS2 version of Tekken Tag Tournament.
- Tekken Tag Tournament is notable for these distinctions:
- It is the only game to feature a licensed car; in this case, the Honda S2000 which is driven by Lee Chaolan in the first arcade intro cutscene.
- It features the highest amount of participation by the Jack robots so far, being three.
- The first appearance of the Tekken Bowl Mode.
- The first Tekken game released for the PlayStation 2.
- The last game where all of the fighting arenas have no walls.
- The first game since the original Tekken to have the same stage music in every character's ending. This is not the case with Unknown's ending, however, as she has different music in hers.
- The last game where the character falls into the "arched back" animation once KO'ed while they were standing since Tekken 2, instead of standing KO'ed from Tekken 3.
- The first game in the series where players can preview characters’ moves in Practice Mode.
- The last game where characters perform their win poses between rounds.
- In this game, all Tekken 3 characters gets an alternate version/color schemes of their Player 1 and Player 2 outfits.
- Marshall Law is the only character missing from this game that would later return in the canonical games.
- There are two differences between the models arcade and console versions:
- Arcade version’s models remained based on the original PlayStation era.
- Home version’s models has moveable facial expressions, in addition to having spectators and much more detailed 3D modeled stage backgrounds on certain stages as well. This type of model rendering was carried and updated through out the later Tekken games.
- The special case when fighting True Ogre is that the stage background in the home version is no longer blank like in the arcade version.
- Unknown is the only character in the game to have a CGI ending (all other characters use the in-game graphics).
- The chain throw combos seen in King's ending was later installed as an actual chain throw combo in Tekken 5, although all of the moves were based upon existing throws in Tag.
- The non-canonical premise of the game may have been inspired by SNK's The King of Fighters '98, which similarly ignored series canon for a "dream match" that brought back deceased and obsolete characters.
- Characters like Alex, Angel, Forest Law, Jun Kazama, Michelle Chang, Ogre, Prototype Jack, True Ogre, Unknown, etc., would not be playable again until the game's sequel, Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
- After this game, Anna Williams, Armor King, Baek Doo San, Bruce Irvin, Ganryu, and Mokujin (who is replaced by Combot in Tekken 4) wouldn't appear again until Tekken 5.
- If the player pairs up Kazuya Mishima and Devil on the same team, they will morph into one another instead of tagging out of the fight.
- Many characters have special before-battle and losing poses if they are paired up with certain characters.
- For example, Law and Lei lay down on the floor in a comical fashion if they lose.
- Nina kicks Bryan in the crotch with them both getting into their fighting stances immediately afterward if they lose a match.
- This is the last game where Jin used the Mishima style
- In before-battle poses, some characters will do things with/to their partner occasionally depending on the leader.
- For example, when Paul and Kuma II are paired, whomever the leader is will do their special attack to the other (Kuma will do his Salmon Fishing move on Paul, and Paul will do his Phoenix Smasher move to Kuma's gut when Kuma is growling).
- Heihachi will turn Lee over his knee and spank him if paired together.
- Ling Xiaoyu is the only character in the game to have two endings. It is viewable by beating Arcade mode in her school girl outfit. Xiaoyu also has the most outfits with an additional secret green/orange costume, only obtainable by selecting her with a random select.
- Screaming no longer echoes when a character is KO'd.
- There are no replays after every round, but after Arcade mode, they show replays from the last round and the word "replay" now flashes on the top left of the screen instead of the top right. However, in Tekken Bowl, the word flashes on the bottom left except when a super strike occurs.
- Health meters no longer load up before a fight begins.
- The stages in this game are the exact same locations from Tekken 3, being set in a different time of day. For example, Lei Wulong's Hong Kong Street stage took place in the daytime in Tekken 3, but in this game, it takes place at nighttime.
- Although he is not playable, Doctor Bosconovitch appears as a spectator in Tekken Bowl. He can be "KO'd" by throwing the ball away from the lane towards him, which counts as a miss.
- In Tekken Bowl, pressing the X button when the shot power bar is at its absolute maximum will result in an "Over Charge." The character will hang onto the ball when throwing it, sending them sliding down the lane and crashing into the pins in a comedic fashion. This will count as a miss, and the message "Caution: Please do not try this at home" will display.
- While Tekken Tag Tournament is non-canon, it looks as if it would have taken place during the same time as Tekken 3 since all of the characters that were in that game's roster, as well as the fighters who last appeared and debuted in Tekken 2 but didn't return in 3, have not aged yet.
- The differences between original and HD versions are the voice clips’ tones of the characters who last and only appeared in Tekken 2. The original releases has their voice tone up prior to revert back to original tone in HD version.
- The differences between arcade and home versions are the stages' background sceneries and the characters' facial expressions during a battle:
- The arcade version remains graphically similar to Tekken 3, as both Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament run on the Namco System 12 arcade hardware.
- The home version (starting from PlayStation 2) marks the first Tekken game to have characters with facial expressions during a battle, fully modeled stages, animated environments, and having crowds on certain stages, which later apply to post-PlayStation Classic trilogy Tekken games.
- The European instruction manual showing Jin's biography incorrectly has a picture of Kazuya instead of Jin.
- This game marked the only appearance on the PlayStation 2 for Kunimitsu, Jack-2, Michelle, Armor King, Gun Jack, Forest Law, Angel, Ogre, and Unknown.