NYCC 2012: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition Hands-On

While Nintendo had a great showing at their booth at NYCC this year, it was clear that developers were embracing the Wii U as well. Namco was present to show the Wii U edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and we were lucky enough to get out hands on a Game Pad to try it.

Tekken Tag II on the Wii U is presented as an enhanced version of the already-beloved fighting hit, with plenty of Nintendo-themed extras thrown in, such as the Link costume seen above. However, our experience mostly showed off the game’s technical achievements. Tekken Tag 2 looks great on the Wii U, with a constant 60 FPS rate and sharp, beautiful graphics. Namco didn’t stop there, however – they’ve completely embraced the use of the Wii U Game Pad. Specifically, the touch screen served two functions: showing a list of moves and how to perform them (though being in Japanese, we had a hard time following them), and also duplicating the display on the main TV screen. Even on the smaller touch screen, the game looks sharp, and shouldn’t be considered a downgrade except for the staunchest videophiles. The controls are laid out extremely well, with punches assigned to the X and Y buttons and kicks to A and B. Tekken’s combo system is incredibly interesting, involving linking left (Y and B) and right (X and A) strikes together to form chains. Having the triggers and shoulder buttons within easy reach on the Game Pad make modifying these combos very easy.

Our demo consisted mostly of an Arcade Mode demo, and unfortunately didn’t show off any of the included extras with the Wii U edition of the game. However, the character roster is expansive, and the combat feels solid. Any fan of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, or even the past games in the series, will find no issue with the Wii U edition. Some of the planned included features include character costumes of prominent Nintendo characters (such as the Mario Bros. Link, Captain Falcon and many more), a Mushroom Battle mode where players can collect Mushrooms to increase in size and power, while avoiding Poison Mushrooms that do the opposite, and the return of Tekken Ball, a game mode not unlike Volleyball where fighters strike a ball in a tug-of-war struggle. The Wii U edition will also include all DLC characters and stages released for PS3 and Xbox 360 by the Wii U edition’s release.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition is slated to be a day-one release game, going on sale on November 18th.

Check out our gameplay footage straight from New York Comic Con’s showroom floor below, and stay tuned to Gamers Xtreme for even more NYCC coverage!