Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Digital FoundryTekken Tag Tournament 2 Xbox 360 3D Performance Video

Namco struggle to maintain the signature 60Hz update of its premier fighting franchise in stereoscopic mode.

Digital FoundryTekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3 Performance Video

Namco uses a number of tech tricks in order to sustain a 60FPS in-game frame-rate.

Digital FoundryTekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3 3D Performance Video

Frame-rate suffers when the stereo 3D mode is engaged in Tekken Tag Tournament, as seen here on PS3.

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SoulCalibur 5 sales aren't as strong as SoulCalibur 4's

SoulCalibur 5 has now sold 1.56 million copies worldwide since its release in February 2012.

That's fewer than SoulCalibur 4, which notched up more sales in less time: 2.3 million in seven months.

Those figures and more come from Namco Bandai's new third-quarter earnings report.

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Face-Off: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 hits Nintendo's shiny new console with a bang: the Wii U edition comes loaded with all of the hidden characters and stages of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions completely unlocked from the get-go, along with a range of tasty Nintendo-themed additions supplying some obligatory fan service. There are also a number of gameplay and balance tweaks, making the Wii U Edition the most complete version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 available by far.

So on the content side, we're covered. But how well does the Wii U game stand up to its 360 and PS3 counterparts on a technical level, bearing in mind the conversions of mixed quality we've seen since Nintendo's new machine launched a few weeks ago?

Based on first impressions, not much appears to have changed. We find that the same rendering set-up is used, with a dynamic framebuffer employed, adjusting the resolution on the fly according to the rendering load. In order to maintain the target 60FPS update as closely as possible, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 aims to operate in native 720p but drops down as low as 700x720 (with 800x720 and 900x720 also being seen) when there are two characters on screen performing tag-team combos with motion blur enabled.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sells 840,000

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sells 840,000

SoulCalibur 5 nears 1.4m sold.

Fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is nearing one million sales.

It shifted 840,000 copies in Europe and Japan up to the end of September 2012, Namco revealed in its financial report. The game launched in early September, so that figure relates to only a few weeks on sale.

With the game due to launch on Wii U soon, TTT2 should hit the million mark - a total that will please the money men at the Japanese publisher.

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Namco Bandai offers free tattoos for Tekken fans

Kuma have a go if you think you're hard enough.

Always wanted to have your favourite fighting game etched into your skin with a thrusting ink-filled needle, but just didn't want to pay for the privilege? Namco Bandai understands.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

When the PlayStation 2 made its emotional debut, I was too young and too jobless to afford one. None of my gaming friends made the leap either, so when I happened upon a used PS2 in a pawn shop just before Christmas 2000, I scraped all my funds together for the console and a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament. There wasn't even enough change left over to for a second controller, but when I saw that intro playing for the first time, I was instantly hooked.

You could argue that the first Tag Tournament was little more that a graphically improved version of Tekken 3 with a bolstered roster and a functional tag system - but even when played today, it's clear that Namco struck a near perfect balance between visual finesse, button-tapping accessibility and mechanical sophistication. Anyone with the faintest interest in gaming could spectate, play or spend hours in the training room with their chosen pair of characters. What's strange is that it's taken Namco well over a decade to return to one of the greatest sideshows in fighting game history.

I'm pleased to report that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has been worth the wait, as from the opening sequence that hits the nostalgic erogenous zones in all the right places to the weighted meaning of the word "tag", Katsuhiro Harada and his team have crafted a high-quality package that should entice the dabblers back while offering added depth for the zaibatsu diehards. The only thing missing is any genuinely new characters, but with over 50 familiar faces to mix and match, the lack of new blood isn't too jarring.

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Mr. Tekken: Behind the shades of the franchise chief

Harada-san on telling his bosses DLC should be free, fan abuse and why he might be next to collapse.

Katsuhiro Harada is Mr. Tekken. That much is clear simply from the way he strides onto the stage. He's clad in a leather jacket and thick black shades, even in the pitch darkness of the cinema auditorium.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer shows off game modes

Several game modes and characters have been highlighted in a new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer - shown below.

Since the trailer couldn't decide if it wants to be in Japanese or English, we were unable to decipher all of it, but could make out that game modes include: Arcade Battle, Ghost Battle, Team Battle, Practice, Survival and Time Attack.

Additionally it contains pandas fighting kangaroos and customisable clothing, so you can deck your fighter out in a stuffed animal backpack like Charlize Theron in Arrested Development.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 release date announced

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 release date announced

Pre-order DLC characters, Collector's Edition revealed.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 releases in Europe on 14th September, Namco Bandai has announced.

Pre-order at select shops and you'll get one or more of four additional DLC characters free: Michelle Chang, Angel, Kunimitsu or Ancient Ogre immediately at launch.

In the UK, pre-orders at ShopTo get Michelle Chang and Angel DLC. Pre-orders at Zavvi get Kunimitsu and Ancient Ogre.

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No paid character DLC plans for Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Those who pre-order will enjoy limited early access to characters.

Upcoming fighter Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will not feature paid-for DLC locked onto the retail disc, Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed at Namco Bandai's Global Gamers Day event in Las Vegas.

Fights for the Future

Fatal four-way.

Last month I packed my rucksack with the usual assortment of travelling essentials and made my second pilgrimage to the Eurogamer Expo. And while travelling from the UK's most southerly county isn't exactly cheap or hassle-free, the level of gaming opulence on offer made it worth the while.

Beginner's Guide: Fighting Games

The ultimate combo ice breaker.

In theory, fighting games should be one of the easiest genres to define - it's pretty much all there in the title. Two people trade karate chops, dragon punches and flying kicks until one is knocked unconscious or mercilessly killed, the only real complication coming from the clicking timer (fighters tend to suffer a cardiac arrest if they break the 60 second rule, you see.)

Tekken Hybrid includes TTT2 demo

UPDATE: TTT2 confirmed for 2012 release.

UPDATE: A post on the PlayStation Blog promoting Tekken Hybrid today confirmed a full 2012 release for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, though the reference has since been removed.

How Tekken Vita may work

Harada teases unannounced game.

Namco Bandai announced new Tekken games for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS at last week's E3 2011 trade show – but what about PS Vita?

Tekken Blood Vengeance details

Tekken Blood Vengeance details

Work yet to start on Tekken x Street Fighter.

Namco Bandai has shed more light on its feature-length CG movie Tekken Blood Vengeance.

In a group interview at Namco Bandai's LevelUp event this morning, attended by Christian Donlan for Eurogamer, Tekken project leader Katsuhiro Harada revealed Blood Vengeance has actually been in development since January 2010.

The film, based on the cinematic intros of Tekken 5 and Tekken 6, is stereoscopic 3D throughout.

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Tekken Blood Vengeance movie revealed

Out this summer in stereoscopic 3D.

Namco Bandai has announced a new Tekken movie – this time computer generated, in stereoscopic 3D and with the full cooperation of the video game development team.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announced

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announced

Out in Japan next summer.

A sequel to PlayStation 2 launch game Tekken Tag Tournament is in the works, Namco Bandai announced at the Tokyo Game Show.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is due out in Japanese arcades in the summer of next year, with Western release dates to be determined.

As the title suggests, TTT2 focuses on two-on-two battles, with characters swapping in mid-combo to dish out juggle damage.

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