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|Developer(s)||Namco (later renamed Bandai Namco)|
|Publisher(s)||Namco (later renamed Bandai Namco)|
|Platform(s)||Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Xbox One, Game Boy Advance, Wonderswan/ Wonderswan Color|
Tekken is a popular fighting game series from created by Namco in 1994 starting with Tekken. Being Namco's first fighting game franchise, the game was created to compete with the buzz of 3D fighting games that was first picked up by the Virtua Fighter series created by Sega AM2 in 1993.
The Tekken series has 7 main installments:
- Tekken 2
- Tekken 3
- Tekken Tag Tournament
- Tekken 4
- Tekken 5 (Dark Resurrection)
- Tekken 6 (Bloodline Rebellion)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Unlimited)
- Tekken 7 (Fated Retribution (Round 1 > Round 2))
Influence on the Soul Series
With the introduction of Soulcalibur, an ancient incarnation of the mask ninja, Yoshimitsu was introduced as one of the main characters of the series and has returned for all sequels that followed it. Many of Yoshimitsu's attacks are borrowed straight from Tekken's Yoshimitsu, as well as the second sword which Soul's Yoshimitsu has used in Soulcalibur IV and its PSP port. He has a sword in every appearance in both series. There is a strong speculation that Soulcalibur's first or second or both Yoshimitsu's are an ancestor of Tekken's Yoshimitsu or its the same character in both series but does not appear to age due to his artificial nature. However, it has not been confirmed by Namco.
Soulcalibur II introduces Heihachi Mishima, one of the central characters of Tekken as a guest character for the PlayStation 2 and recently the HD versions. In Soulcalibur III, there is a Jaguar Mask which looks exactly like King's from the series, as well as a hairstyle that imitates that of Tekken's current protagonist (antagonist as of Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion), Jin Kazama, the grandson of Heihachi Mishima.
Apart from Yoshimitsu having a lot of attacks from his Tekken counterpart, many of the playable characters throughout the Soulcalibur games use some of Tekken character's attacks. examples include Yun-Seong having some of Hwoarang's attacks, Lynette using some of Eddy Gordo/Christie Monteiro's moveset, Viola using some of Zafina's moves and stance, Devil Jin's moves make an appearance as a fighting style for Created Characters.
Some characters in Tekken can be customized to look like Soul Calibur characters. For example, Lili can be customized to look like Amy, Lee Chaolan like Raphael, Marshall Law like Maxi. and Bob (as his "Slim Bob" form) like Patroklos.
In Soulcalibur V, custom characters may be equipped with the unique style of Devil Jin, one of the series' iconic characters. Following the patch due for March 21, custom characters will have access to King's, Xiaoyu's, Jin's, Jun's, and Asuka's apparel.
As Tekken 7 has DLC season passes and only one of the guests to be part of main storyline in form as Akuma from Capcom’s Street Fighter, Soulcalibur VI follows similar roots as the former game, with one of the latter game’s guests Geralt of Rivia from Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher becomes part of its main storyline as well.