Tekken 3D Prime Edition: First Day Impressions

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, My Stuff, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on February 16th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Is that an Iron Fist in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

Got my copy of Tekken 3D Prime Edition for the 3DS yesterday. Yeah, I’ve had my gripes with it, but as I’ve said- I have so few games on my N-portable so why the hell not. So, how is this latest beat ‘em up on the Big N’s portable so far?

Looks-wise, gameplay-wise… it’s TEKKEN! Surprise, surprise! As expected this is a pretty good incarnation of Tekken 6 (well, BR to be exact), complete with the 41-strong roster, all of whom are available for use right out of the case. That’s a lot of fighters, at least a bit more than the other 3DS brawlers available. For the most part, the game looks pretty slick- comparable to the PSP version actually, although this game’s visuals really shine when you play it with the 3D turned on.

The 3D effect for the game is actually quite solid- perhaps even better than that in other 3DS fighters. The characters really seem to pop up and ‘be there’ on your screen, and they animate, as advertised’ quite smoothly in a buttery 60FPS.

One wrinkle though has popped up with this- to actually see and appreciate the 3D effect, you have to have the 3DS centered in front of you, angled in a certain way so your eyes register the visuals correctly. UNFORTUNATELY, at least for me, it’s hard to play the game the way I usually do while holding the 3DS in the ‘usual’ way. To put it another way- I can’t properly input the multiple button combinations required for certain moves with just my thumb; I need to use two fingers. In this, it’s hard and kinda iffy to be standing up while playing Tekken 3D- I have to sit down, or have the portable propped up on a table or stable surface. The only other alternative is to just turn the 3D off.
That said, the 3DS controls should be fine for Tekken (there are four face buttons default) but the directional pad and buttons’ relative small size may take some getting used to. Not sure if the stick is usable for Tekken- I haven’t tried.

UPDATE: A really nice thing about the control options is that you CAN map either individual buttons, button combinations (LP, LP + RP, LP+RP+LK+RK, etc) or even specific moves (you choose from the characters’ move lists) to the L, R and Touchscreen buttons (of which there are four). The only limit here is that the touchscreen isn’t multi-touch though. You set these parameters individually for every fighter, which is pretty neat.

Control issues aside, the game plays pretty well. I’ve only tried Quick Battle so far, and I have to say the A.I. is kinda challenging on Hard and higher difficulty levels with later opponents, which is good. Haven’t unlocked anything yet (alternate colors for costumes and the 700 collectible cards are in there somewhere), nor have I tried online play yet.

All said, this seems to be a pretty solid, albeit as expected little-frills fighter. If you’ve only got a 3DS and love fighters, then this may be something to look at. Heck, if you’re a Tekken fan and own a 3DS you probably own this already; can’t hurt to have a portable Tekken to keep your skills sharp on the go. I’ll post a more proper, complete review once I’ve clocked more hours. Stay tuned then!

Incoming Fighters! Incoming Fighters! Tekken 3D Prime, SF X Tekken and Skullgirls

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, PS3, Skullgirls, Streetfighter X Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on February 4th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Portable ferrous-flavored pugilism on offer this month!

Yeah, I’m neck-deep in fighting game bliss right now, what with my recent acquisition of the gorgeous-looking and gorgeous-playing Soul Calibur V (review to come soon!). Still, that doesn’t mean I’m totally fixated on Ivy and the gang. There are no less than three fighting games of high quality that are coming very soon.

First off is Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS). Have to say, I’m really disappointed with the lack of any Character Customization- in fact, the lack of any feature that has me excited. Having a mini, 3D version of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance film is not really anything to get excited about. HECK, I own the freakin’ thing with Tekken Hybrid. I have the movie on my phone. Who needs another copy? ANYWAY, this is at the very least Tekken 6-style fighting on the go, which is fine since I loved Tekken 6. I think the graphics are at least better than the PSP version (although the PSP had customization to a degree), and the 60fps animation should be cool. I guess I’ll be picking this up ’cause… well, it’s not like my 3DS is awash in games now, is it? Iron-fisted 3D fighting is out later this month, right in time for Valentine’s. For now, check out a gallery of screenshots just posted recently.

Next is Streetfighter X Tekken (PS3, Xbox360, PS Vita), which is due for March. The game has gone gold, which means it’s done, done, DONE. There are still fighters to be revealed or shown off, which may or may not include Alisa Bosconovitch and Lei Wulong, whose presence in the game was kinda-sorta-pretty much given away by an ESRB rating. In any case, this looks entertaining at least, so I’ll be grabbing this when it arrives. Check out the SF devs’ blog entry marking this last waypoint till release.

Finally there’s Skullgirls, that downloadable fighting game with the awesomely cool, cartoony visual style and pretty mature fighting (according to the Australian ratings board). The game still has a vague release date, but it should be out in the next couple of months. A new video preview has been posted by the devs, showing off a Story Mode and other cool features. Certainly looks great, so definitely I’ll be checking this out when it arrives on PSN and Xboxlive… soon.

Fast Tube by Casper

Story Mode and other features revealed.

So many fighters, and it’s just February 4! There’s even bigger brawlers to come in the months ahead, so stay tuned. Later then!

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Update

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken 6, Tekken Blood Vengeance on November 17th, 2011 by thelonegamer

The gang’s all here…
The 3DS Iron Fist game, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, is still slated for release this coming February. The game features the return of the roster from Tekken 6, with the only real ‘new’ addition being TTT2′s Young Heihachi. Other than that though, the only other new feature in the game so far are original stages (whoopie). No news if the game has any kind of customization, but at the very least has the old P1 alt outfits, which is more than I can say for Tekken Tag 2. Oh, and yeah, you are of course getting a 3D portable version of Tekken Blood Vengeance, although you’d already have this if you bought Tekken Hybrid.

To sweeten the deal, apparently there’s a launch promotion for Prime that will give those who purchase the 3DS game a bonus of 10,000 in-game money for the arcade version of Tekken Tag 2, plus some special items (just for names/rankings, not actual in-game items though). Obviously, this is only for Japan.
Yeah, I’m still probably getting this just to get one more title on my 3DS, but my enthusiasm for this has dropped quite a bit. Having a Tekken 6 version on 3DS is nice I guess, but it seems that the usual going-the-extra-mile of the Tekken team isn’t too much in effect here. But we’ll see in the final release… maybe we’ll be surprised. The game is out in Japan this coming Feb. 16, 2012.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Release Date!

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on October 26th, 2011 by thelonegamer

A sorely-needed title on the 3DS…

Famitsu of Japan has revealed that Tekken 3D Prime Edition has been given a release date of February 16, 2012. This is probably just for Japan; I’d expect other territories to get it either earlier or around the same time. As previously announced, the game will include a 3D version of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance CG movie.

I’m certainly awaiting this, though I’m pretty peeved that up to now, I haven’t really gotten any more fun from my 3DS since getting Resident Evil 3D The Mercenaries, which was a couple of months ago. Perhaps I’ll squeeze more enjoyment from this rock of a portable once I have a Tekken game on it. Still, aside from the movie extra, there’s been little to no info on 3D Prime since- all we know so far is that it SHOULD have the roster of fighters from Tekken 6 (about 40 fighters), which includes the young version of Heihachi, and that it can maintain 60 FPS even with the 3D effects turned on. Hopefully we’ll find out more about this title, and what other features it will have once Harada and the Tekken team find the time for it.

More as we get it then…

Tekken 3D: Prime Edition Gameplay @ TGS2011

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken 6 on September 19th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Looking over the shoulder at Tekken 3DS at TGS.

Okay so far we’ve seen Katsuhiro Harada doing his best Neo impression and as evil and corporate Yoshinori Ono in the advertising for the 3DS’s Tekken. But here’s finally quite a bit of actual gameplay from what appears to be a playable build of Tekken 3D: Prime Edition from the recently-concluded Tokyo Game Show.

From the 4+ minute of actual demo play above we can easily get several things. Graphically, the game looks pretty good, and I guess while in screenshots or 2D video it may not impress, in 3D this portable fighter may look quite impressive. Also, the game moves quite smoothly, supporting the devs’ claim of 60FPS constant even with 3D On (even if the 3D doesn’t seem to be on at this time). The gameplay seems pretty much taken from Tekken 6, which leaves me wondering at what possible additions or features will set this apart as a distinct version.

Well, since it’s been forever since the last Tekken on a Nintendo system, I guess just having a decent if not reasonably spot-on port of Tekken 6 would be pretty cool. Still, I think we can expect a bit more gravy- perhaps Character Customization, hopefully improved over that in the last portable Tekken, the PSP Tekken 6? Perhaps some kind of special mode to take the place of Scenario Campaign mode? A new Story mode with new endings (can’t see them rehashing the Tekken 6 endings again after all this time)? Obviously there will be online and multiplayer features to take advantage of the 3DS’s Streetpass features.

Control-wise, we can see that the game will allow players to use the bottom touchscreen to assign moves for easy access, ala DOA Dimensions. Aside from that though, the 4-button layout of the 3DS is perfect for a Tekken game.

With a full roster and solid gameplay and controls, this may be something else- hopefully though it will have the right stuff to make it a replacement for Tekken 6 PSP, which is still the best thing to have for Iron Fist action on-the-go. The game has been given a February 2012 release, but let’s cross our fingers for it to come sooner rather than later.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Special TGS Trailer

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Streetfighter, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Videogame Comedy on September 17th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Now THIS is a Boss Battle…

Here’s the fun little spot for Tekken 3D Prime Edition for the Nintendo 3DS that debuted early last week at a pre-TGS Nintendo event, this time with subtitles. Yeah, the trailer’s game content is pretty much the same as the previous T3D trailer, but seeing the live-action sequence, complete with Japanese TV-style camera work and hilariously hammy performances from Streetfighter’s Yoshinori Ono and Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada is priceless. The 3DS Tekken game is still very much in development, apparently, but it’s been given a release window of as early as February 2012. Well before then I expect we’ll see various trailers and spots to show what this latest portable Rave War has in store for mobile gamers.

On other Tekken-related news, Harada has tweeted that release dates for Tekken Hybrid will be announced soon, along with news of a possible Collector’s Edition. Also currently ongoing is testing of Tekken.Net for online play for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in international arcades. More as we get it then!

Harada X Ono in New Tekken 3D Prime Edition Promotional Vid!

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Videogame Comedy on September 13th, 2011 by thelonegamer

More Wackiness from the Tekken and SF Heads!

From the recently-concluded Nintendo 3DS Conferencecomes this PV for the upcoming Tekken 3D Prime Edition. Streetfighter’s Yoshinori Ono guest-stars with Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada in this hilarious over-the-top and hammy continuation of the two fighting game producers’ ongoing ‘feud’.
Aside from the directors’ antics though, there’s little actual game footage on offer aside from the previous T3DPE trailer (which includes the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie pack-in). I guess this is just something to show at the conference… perhaps they’ll show something totally new at TGS.

For now though, check out the action over here. Man, my 3DS has been gathering dust a bit lately… that should change once this baby reaches my grimy paws… hoping for a release date announcement soon.

Tekken Updates: Tekken 3D Prime Edition Webpage Up, TTT2 Boss Reveal Coming?

Posted in 3DS, Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on August 25th, 2011 by thelonegamer

The Tekken gang’s coming to the 3DS, in case you didn’t know.

Tekken Official has just added a new page for the latest upcoming Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition. There’s nothing much there yet save a nifty montage of character art from Tekken 6 and still a big ad for the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie pack-in. Famitsu just posted an article for the game with some character bios for the fighters appearing in their featured screenshots. The thing about Tekken 3D- depending on the individual screen shot, it can either look quite impressive and slick, or very pixelly and iffy. Still, Tekken has always been about beauty in motion, not in stills…

On another topic, there’s a little bit of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 talk on arcade site ariesu, which has this intriguing translated text which seems to refer to TTT2′s end boss.

Famitsu arcade game channel is “Tekken Tag Tournament 2″ is the follow-up. Introducing the boss appearing in single play.
1 boss Mishima parents. Ogre is to appear next. Additionally the emergence of the next semi-Kazama. The aura of mystery and black from the feet of her slump to defeat Kazama …?

UPDATED: Though initially I thought that ’1 boss Mishima parents’ was the Final Boss, this may instead refer to a Mishima Parent-and-Child Tag Team… which may be one of three possibilities- Jinpachi and Heihachi, Heihachi and Kazuya or Kazuya and Jin. Afterwards, Ogre is faced, then Jun Kazama- which is odd to me; will you face them separately, not as a team? Finally, after Jun is defeated, some sort of black mist or energy appears at her feet(?) while she’s sprawled on the ground… perhaps heralding the appearance of the actual Final Boss. I GOT IT! THOSE FREAKIN’ WEIRD SHOES OF HERS ARE THE BOSS…!

From Harada’s Twitter we can confirm that Jun herself is NOT the End Boss (known this for some time actually), and that the boss will ‘look like human’ (Harada’s exact words). No beam attacks though, so it won’t be something like Devil Kaz or Devil Jin. Who or what will it be? As of now, I have no freakin’ idea, but this is really intriguing. It shouldn’t be too long before we find out though, given the impending release of the game in Japanese arcades next month. More as we get it then!

Musing About Tekken 3D: Prime Edition

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance on August 19th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Will Tekken 3D pack a Doryah, or a Meh? Hopefully the former…

I’m gonna just lay it out on the table- I bought a Nintendo 3DS. Got it for Super Streetfighter IV 3D and Dead or Alive Dimensions. Granted, I had a blast playing with both titles a few months ago, but now… I haven’t touched the thing in weeks. It’s in a drawer on my desk, in a nice cozy carrying case with all three games I have (SSFIV3D, DOAD and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D), only coming out every so often just so I can recharge the battery. It’s waiting. WAITING. Waiting for the game that will make me want to pick up and bring the 3DS around with me again. That game is Tekken 3D- or, to be more exact, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition. What IS this rather flashily-named beat ‘em up? What do we know about it, and will it be a portable fighter worthy of the Iron Fisted Franchise?

There have been several portable Tekkens. One was pretty sub-standard, which is alarming since it was on a Nintendo system; Tekken Advance for the Gameboy Advance. It was as half-hearted and half-fit a fighter as could be. Since then, portable pugilism has improved with Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection and Tekken 6 on the PSP. The 3DS probably isn’t a super-powerhouse of a system, but it’s at least a lot more capable than the Playstation Portable (which is several years old), and there’s quite a bit of muscle in the foldable along with the gimmicky 3D. So that should ensure T3D won’t be a throwaway title in terms of content. At the very least, we expect it to look and, more importantly, PLAY like a Tekken title.

At the very least, expect Tekken 3D to sport an up-to-date, full roster of fighters.

In fact, from the look of things so far revealed, T3D seems based on Tekken 6- not a bad thing, I say, since T6 is the best Tekken (for me) out since, well, since forever (if you don’t agree, well, fine). Expect stuff like Bound! and Rage to be in. As well, expect the huge 40+ roster of T6 to be included (something already mentioned in some articles)- everyone from oldies like Paul and Nina to the latest wave of new challengers like Zafina and Bob. Hell, even Young Heihachi has made it in (although he’s really just plain Heihachi now), but don’t expect TTT2 Lucha-chicka Jaycee to appear. Who will the end boss be? I don’t see Azazel making a return- will it be the same boss we’ll fight in TTT2? Or something (or someone) totally new?

Screenshots have so far shown that T3D has detailed characters, supposedly animated at 60FPS, even with the 3D on. Wow!

To prevent this from being just a port of Tekken 6, T3D seems to have quite a bit of all-new content. For starters, the Stages so far shown look to be new- or at least half-new, with some noticeably being based on stages appearing in other games (such as the desert in TTT2). Not known if multi-level stages will return, but I won’t rule them out.

Character Customization was teased a bit early on, and it will probably make it in as a feature- I’m pretty certain that the ability to trick out your fighters is by now standard in any new Namco-Bandai fighter. One clue that it’s included in T3D is a fleeting glimpse of what appears to be Lili with customized hair and attire, which I’ve capped below.

A peek at the game’s Character Customization?

If this is indeed so, I’m really hoping that the options are more detailed and closer to the arcade/console version customization rather than the dumbed-down, truncated feature in the PSP version. Having a unique look to your character will be a big part of the enjoyment when you engage in Tekken 3D’s online battles, which we also assume will be making it in. At the very least, Tekken 3D will have some sort of online/WiFi features, but we’ll have to wait a bit for more information.
What else may make it in? Harada and Michael Murray were throwing around the idea of a movable, controllable camera at some parts. This was, at the time, just being played up for humor as the main benefit for it was the opportunity to peek up a prone Lili’s skirt- not a bad thing, mind you, but perhaps there will be other uses/modes that will benefit. In DOA Dimenions, a controllable view let you check out 3D models of the characters- perhaps that will be available in some form in Tekken 3D.

Ouchies… good thing Asuka’s got really flexible ankles.

In any case, we can probably expect a slew of modes, both Single and Multi-Player, offline and online. Expect the expected- Arcade or Story mode, VS battle, Practice, Time Attack and so forth. Minigames? Hopefully. Maybe we’ll have stuff that will take advantage of the 3D- AR Cards, perhaps? Tekken Bowl would benefit greatly from the extra depth of a 3D view. Scenario Campaign? Probably not.

Lastly there’s the inclusion of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie as a bonus. I assume it will be included on the same card, which makes me hope that they won’t cut off anything from the game just to make room for the freakin’ flick. Still, having a full portable CG 3D movie with you on the 3DS is actually pretty awesome.

There’s a lot riding on Tekken 3D Prime Edition. As a 3DS title, it’s gonna be important given the recent troubles the portable has had. As a new Tekken, it’s something that the Tekken devs cannot just handle haphazardly given how they’re very serious about taking their fighting franchise out to a wider audience and a whole new field of players- it’s really something they cannot flub; T3D MUST be a quality title. Finally for me, of course, this game is going to be THE one reason which makes me not regret getting the darn 3DS in the first place.

We’ll all see how wrong or right we are later this year (hopefully) when Tekken 3D Prime Edition is unleashed. Till then, keep those 3DS’s cozy and those batteries alive.

Tekken 3D: Prime Edition Trailer, Screenshots!

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Tekken, Tekken 3D, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid on August 17th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Eye-popping beat ‘em up action is coming!

From Gamescom 2011 comes this brand-new trailer for Tekken 3D: Prime Edition for the Nintendo 3DS! This should please fans and owners of Nintendo’s new handheld given the recent air of uncertainty and cancellation of titles. But nicely enough, Namco-Bandai is apparently moving forward with their fighting foray into 3D territory.

About the game itself, Tekken 3D looks as updated as Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as per the roster, judging from the inclusion of the Young Heihachi Mishima. If we are to assume correctly, the roster should include the whole Tekken 6 lineup at least of 40+ fighters, though we probably won’t see Jaycee in this game. Aside from that, we can only speculate as yet what other features will be coming, such as Character Customization, various game modes and online/multiplayer options. If the Tekken team manages to at least squeeze in as much gameplay and content as Tekken 6 into a 3DS cart, I’ll be happy- but here’s to them going the extra mile for this debut on a handheld.

Anyway, aside from the trailer, Siliconera just posted a whopping 40+ screens of Tekken 3D in their article on the game- check out their gallery. The game certainly looks slick, with detailed models, costumes and stages- it should look even better in motion, supposedly at a solid 60FPS.

No word yet on a release date, but I expect this to be out within 2011. Me and my 3DS are positively ACHING to get some 3D Iron Fist action going as soon as possible. I’m gonna be on this like a freakin’ hawk. More as we get it then!