Now that the Wii U has been out for just over 6 months, we thought we’d look back at some of the launch games. One of the first games that sprung to mind right away was Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which has now had a permanent price reduction on the eShop. It seems only fitting that in light of this, we give the game a full on review.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the face of it is a fairly simplistic fighting game. Much like Super Street Fighter IV on 3DS, Tekken allows you to tap one of four combos on the Wii U gamepad for you to bring about a move. This is perfect for beginners since it also shows the button presses that are required. However, each fighter also has in excess of twenty moves which is a huge amount for anyone to get their head around.
Luckily, these moves are easily accessed via the pause screen, and you can even get a demonstration of each move before you jump back into the main game which is a great feature since you can see the exact timing of the move. In a fighting game, timing is a crucial element. As would be expected, there’s a tutorial mode under the guise of the ‘Fight Lab’ which does a good job of helping you get to grips with the gameplay mechanics as well as providing some great and hilarious animation sequences.
Of course, as the name suggests, this game has the tag team element which is a nice shake up to the fighting genre. The benefit of this is that of course, you can have to distinct fighters, i.e. a martial arts expert and a kangaroo and pit them against the entire roster. It’s just so simple to switch between the two fighters and it really adds an additional layer of strategy to the game. You can however in the arcade mode decide to fly solo against two fighters in each round if you’re a gluten for punishment.
As mentioned previously, the gamepad has four moves on it. However, as has become the norm on the Wii U, you can send the entire game to the gamepad for off screen gameplay. Whether you’re playing on the TV or the gamepad, the visuals and the audio is consistently excellent and there’s no hint of slow down using either method to play the game. It’s also good to see that the same is true when taking the game online. Whilst this will vary depending on your internet connection, we never had an occurrence that brought the game to the stand still. Even with our high speed broadband, Smash Bros Brawl still stutters so it’s a breath of fresh air to play a fighting game without a horrible delay online.
Thankfully, there’s also ranked matching involved so you won’t be paired up against someone that has a near perfect win record. We has no problem in getting an online match at various times of the day, including 3am which is pretty obscure but it’s good to know that you’re guaranteed a fight regardless of the time.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s also an extensive customisation element to the game that allows you to mix up the weapons and moves of your character, as well as changing their costumes. Whilst this isn’t a key factor to make you go out and buy the game, it’s the little added touches like this that show the developers are really pulling out the stops to impress you as a player.
Hold onto your Mario hats though, because you can dress up your characters as Mario in this game, as well as a Zelda costume for the ladies (we won’t spoil the rest). In some respects, it harks back to the days of Soul Calibur II on the Gamecube that had Link making a cameo in in. Whilst it’s not quite the same, it’s still nice to see Nintendo characters in at least part form making an appearance out with their comfort zone.
As an added bonus to Wii U owners, three special modes have been added. Our favourite has to be Mushroom Battle that allows you to use various mushrooms from the Super Mario franchise to change your fighters size, ranging from gigantic to minute proportions. It’s silly and completely OTT, but it’s a fun way to mix up the usual fighting game fare.
There’s also Tekken Supporters which is more like a lottery mode that allows you to throw the money earned during fights into this mode in order to get back items for your chosen character. It’s a nice little addition and an easier way to unlock each of the characters items. Lastly, we have Tekken Ball. It’s a crazy concept of playing volleyball in a fighting game, but it’s extremely satisfying whacking a giant beach ball against your opponent to inflict damage by using a variety of combos. It’s technically still fighting, but fun none the less.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 really is a great achievement on the Wii U. At the new lower price on the eShop, it’s a complete steal. Just make sure you have enough space on your Wii U, this game takes up near enough 16GB of space!