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Tekken Force, a paramilitary organization protecting the Mishima karate fighters, is nearly obliterated by the might Ogre. Heihachi Mishima's only hope is his grandson Jin Kazama, who lives with his mother Jun, unaware of his legacy. When Ogre attacks his home and presumably kills his mother, Jin seeks out his grandfather and learns the martial arts of the family. On his nineteenth birthday, Heihachi announces the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3, hoping to use Jin to remove Ogre out of his way.

Tekken 3 is a versus fighting game similar to its predecessors in the series. Differences include prominently featured side-stepping, allowing characters to retreat into the background and back during fights, new combo throws, and reduced jumping capabilities aiming for more realistic combat. Fifteen new characters have been added to the roster. Also included are two minigames, Tekken Force (a beat-em-up stage that unlocks a new character) and Tekken Ball, a beach volleyball variant where characters are hurt by the ball.


Tekken 3 PlayStation Don't call me 'Predator'. Yoshimitsu de-cloaks as he leaps from a tree in the CGI intro.
Tekken 3 PlayStation Main menu
Tekken 3 PlayStation Poor Julia
Tekken 3 PlayStation Naturally, Tekken 3 also features some wacky bonus characters the series is infamous for.

Promo Images

Tekken 3 Render
Tekken 3 Render
Tekken 3 Screenshot
Tekken 3 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "铁拳3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Tekken 3 is King of Iron Fist! Anatole (61) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Lots of value to cover up another gameplay-impaired Tekken title Zovni (10633) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
One of the greatest fighters ever made. CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joshua Price (28) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A giant step forward for the Tekken series ToMegaTherion (7) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Tekken 3 takes Tekken series to a new level. ABGamer (107) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
The graphics, cinematics, and gameplay are all excellent. But for total enjoyment, play DoA or the original Tekken. Jim Fun (243) unrated

Critic Reviews

CyberGames May 13, 1998 10 out of 10 100
Entertainment Weekly Jun 19, 1998 A 100
Meristation Dec 19, 1998 9.5 out of 10 95 / Jul 21, 2004 94 out of 100 94
Gamezilla 1998 93 out of 100 93
Game Revolution Apr, 1998 A- 91
Mega Fun Aug, 1998 90 out of 100 90 Jun 19, 2009 18 out of 20 90
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) 1998 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Aug, 1998 87 out of 100 87


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1001 Video Games

Tekken 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


One of three games to be emulated on the short-lived bleemcast! PlayStation emulator for Dreamcast.

Western versions

In the Western versions of the game, Anna's ending video was cut and changed. A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).

References to the game

This game is referenced in the Eiffel 65 song, My Console.

Information also contributed by Ace of Sevens

Related Web Sites

  • Tekken Zabaitsu (Great fan page with information on Tekken 3, including FAQs, secrets, soundtrack info etc.)
  • Wikipedia: Tekken 3 (Information about Tekken 3 at Wikipedia)
Grant McLellan (622) added Tekken 3 (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by The cranky hermit (2946)