Weird Video Wednesday: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U)

Tekken is one of those franchises I automatically associate with Playstation. And there’s no other game that screams Sony louder to me than Tekken Tag Tournament, the first game I ever played on the then-recently released PS2. Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition is of course, a sequel to the original Tag Tournament, originally released on Xbox 360 and PS3 and subsequently ported to the Wii U. Nothing too strange there, you might think, but no. Times have changed, and the insanity levels in the Tekken franchise are clearly on the rise.

It’s impossible to choose just one ludicrous scenario, there are so many. After you’ve experienced Tiger, aka Disco Toad, competing in the Mushroom Battle, you might also like to sample the beach volleyball contest between a bear dressed as Mario and a panda dressed as Princess Peach (30:40), or the introduction of Roger Jr., a baby kangaroo who fights from the pouch of his parent, dressed as Bowser Jr. and Bowser Sr. respectively, of course (59:20)! It’d be remiss of me not to recommend too the hilarious FMV game intro, which manages to be completely absurd despite the lack of Nintendo costumes (2:00).

Last thing to mention by way of a bonus is Snoop Dogg. That’s right, the icing on the meaningless violence is Snoop Dogg’s marketing contribution for this game. Bandai Namco liked his song, ‘Knocc Em Down’, so much they even gave him his own stage in this game. “Take a second for me to blow your mind… Tekken.”

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One comment

  1. moresleepneeded

    I have not played this game, but I do remember the first Tekken Tag Tournament game on the Playstation 2. I enjoyed the game, but I have heard it was not very popular among fans of the series and the story is not considered part of the story of the series. At least the opening cutscene in this game shows combatants preparing for a tournament, rather than showing them continuing their stories, with no explanation of what the sequence means. I like the way the characters look serious in their profile pictures and perform complex martial art techniques and taunt the opponents before each match, but wear such strange costumes. It is like some muscular martial artists performing some impressive attacks before changing into costumes and fighting in a tournament. I find the idea of a fighting game having a volleyball mode weird.
    Do the stages reflect locations from Nintendo games? Or are they from Tekken? Does the game still have animated sequences when the player completes the main game?

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