Remembering My First Tekken!

The Original Tekken hasn’t aged well, but its still a classic.

The Yo! Videogames crew recently streamed gameplay of the earlier Tekken games, including the first Tekken. This got me reminiscing about this classic beat ‘em up.

Back in the early-to-mid 90s, 3D fightes were a new thing. 2D fighters, mostly from Capcom or SNK, were the norm, while this new fad, started by Sega’s Virtua Fighter, was more of a novelty. I remember though being blown away when I first saw VF in the arcade- the animation (at 30FPS) was AMAZING. It was so lifelike, so impactful… so SOLID.

I first heard of Tekken in gaming mags- I remember seeing articles of something called ‘Rave War’ (which was Tekken’s original title) which had these weird-looking, but oddly compelling characters. Some time later, when Namco released its fighting game in arcades, I saw Tekken and was hooked. The animation was amazing, the music was awesome and the gameplay- for some reason it was even more fantastic than VF’s ultra-realistic fighting. Tekken mixed a bit of over-the-top action into its gameplay, which appealed to me.The clincher was seeing an arcade employee do Nina’s linker throws, which at the time was unheard of.

Fast forward to months later. I was in my second job in an advertising agency, and as company bonus we went on a trip to Hong Kong. I saved up money and on the trip I bought one of those new Playstation thingies, and with it two games- Battle Arena Toshinder…and TEKKEN. BAT came and went like flare pants. But since then, I’ve been a Tekken fan and will probably be for life.

Hopefully I’ll make even more awesome Tekken memories next week, when Tekken 7 hits consoles and PCs on June 2. We’re almost there, gamers. ALMOST THERE.

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