Tekken 3D Prime Edition (Nintendo 3DS) Preview

By Az Elias 02.01.2012 8

Review for Tekken 3D Prime Edition  on Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS has been the go-to system for handheld fighters lately, with Dead or Alive Dimensions, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition all making appearances on the portable. Namco Bandai also wants to capitalise on this rise in handheld fighter popularity by bringing over one of their most famous series to a Nintendo console once more. The first and only game in the long-running Tekken franchise to appear on a Nintendo format was the Game Boy Advance’s Tekken Advance, way back in 2002 in Europe. We’ve come a long way since then, so what can we expect from Tekken 3D Prime Edition?

Handhelds aren’t normally the ideal format of choice for ultimate fighting experiences, but the Nintendo 3DS seems to be disproving that theory, and Tekken fans will be pleased to know that Tekken 3D Prime Edition remains as faithful to the console titles as could possibly be expected. Over 40 characters from the series are crammed into this version, so long-time players can rest assured of their favourites being available. As with other 3DS fighters, the touch screen can be used for combo attacks, with four programmable touch buttons having commands assigned to them, ready to input during combat. Movement is done via Circle Pad or D-pad, with the face buttons representing traditional punch and kick outputs.

One major selling feature Namco Bandai is pushing with Tekken 3D is a constant smooth 60 frames per second, even with stereoscopic 3D turned on. Other fighters reduced gameplay down to 30fps when 3D was turned up, but the development team has worked hard to ensure maximum speed so the game is true to the console versions without sacrificing any of the gorgeous graphics, which look tremendous. The characters themselves are extremely pleasing on the eye during battles, and fans can expect equally as high a degree of quality during cut-scenes.

Screenshot for Tekken 3D Prime Edition  on Nintendo 3DS

Playing through modes such as Arcade, Survival and Tag Challenge, the last of which has 26 tag missions, will increase your profile ranking, which lets you earn points and 'Tekken Cards,' of which there are over 700. Cards can be used in StreetPass to swap 3D character cards that really stand out when viewed in 3D. On top of the traditional battle modes, online multiplayer is included to fight others around the globe, and to trade your cards and data.

As if all of this had failed to whet your appetite, Namco Bandai is also including the full CG-animated movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, on the same game card, viewable in 3D. The movie is set between the events of Tekken 5 and 6, featuring famous faces from the series. For the price of a standard 3DS game, fans are getting a true console-like Tekken game and movie, ready to take anywhere. What a delicious prospect!

Screenshot for Tekken 3D Prime Edition  on Nintendo 3DS

Final Thoughts

All of the main features and play modes for the game still have yet to be revealed, but from what has already been shown of Tekken 3D Prime Edition it is shaping up to be a worthy entry into the franchise. At long last fans look like they will be getting a handheld version that is on par with its console counterparts, and will boost the Nintendo 3DS’ ever expanding quality fighting library even further. 3DS owners can pick up Tekken 3D Prime Edition, which includes the movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance, when it releases in Europe on 17th February, 2012.

Developer

Namco Bandai

Publisher

Namco Bandai

Genre

Fighting

Players

2

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Comments

So far we've seen SSFIV3D ship a million worldwide, DoA ship 400,000 worldwide and BlazBlue tank on both 3DS and PSP. Hopefully the hype surrounding Tekken will land it somewhere between SSFIV3D and DoA...

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Errol (guest) 02.01.2012#2

60 frames per second in 3D and online multiplayer mode! Wow. Day 1 purchase for me.

60fps in 3D does definitely sound impressive, do want to see how it looks in action. Not the biggest Tekken fan admittedly, got 2 and 3 but lost interest soon after.

Good preview!

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It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

What is it with post-NES Nintendo platforms and games on them that feature an element of the platform's name in the name of the game? Super Mario Kart. Super Metroid. Mario Tennis 64. Duke Nukem 64. Tekken Advance. Wii Sports. Just some that pop to mind. The two Nintendo platforms which are an exception to this are Game Boy (and therefore GBC), and GameCube. I guess the 'Cube had this illustrious website named after it, so it's all good. Poor Game Boy, though!

Martin_ said:
What is it with post-NES Nintendo platforms and games on them that feature an element of the platform's name in the name of the game? Super Mario Kart. Super Metroid. Mario Tennis 64. Duke Nukem 64. Tekken Advance. Wii Sports. Just some that pop to mind. The two Nintendo platforms which are an exception to this are Game Boy (and therefore GBC), and GameCube. I guess the 'Cube had this illustrious website named after it, so it's all good. Poor Game Boy, though!

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/2/564352_196071_front.jpg

and

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/9/557719_53203_front.jpg

To give you two examples ;p

Hardly any GC ones, but there are some GB ones.

Azuardo said:
Martin_ said:
What is it with post-NES Nintendo platforms and games on them that feature an element of the platform's name in the name of the game? Super Mario Kart. Super Metroid. Mario Tennis 64. Duke Nukem 64. Tekken Advance. Wii Sports. Just some that pop to mind. The two Nintendo platforms which are an exception to this are Game Boy (and therefore GBC), and GameCube. I guess the 'Cube had this illustrious website named after it, so it's all good. Poor Game Boy, though!

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/2/564352_196071_front.jpg

and

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/9/557719_53203_front.jpg

To give you two examples ;p

Hardly any GC ones, but there are some GB ones.

Actually the only real example I know of for GC is Cubivor...which I own & THOROUGHLY enjoy, as trippy as it is!!

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

this is my favourite video game

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