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The powerful fighter Heihachi Mishima throws his five-year-old son Kazuya off a cliff, saying that the child will survive the fall if he is truly his son. The fatally wounded boy is approached by the Devil, who offers him his life and a chance to become a fearsome fighter in exchange for his soul. Determined to get even with his father, Kazuya agrees. Twenty-one years later Heihachi, now the head of a corrupt corporation, organizes a fighting championship his son is eager to join.

Tekken is a versus fighting game similar in concept to Virtua Fighter. Besides Kazuya, other fighters of the tournament all have their own range of moves, something to prove, and a reason for any combat opponent to fear them. For example, Nina Williams is a trained assassin, Yoshimitsu is a robotic recreation of a ninja, and Marshall Law aims to set up a fighting school to pass on his knowledge.

As one of these eight figures, the player must come through fights in a 360-degree 3D environments with texture mapped backdrops and polygon graphics. After beating the seven rivals there are two bosses to beat. There are three difficulty levels, and fight lengths and number of rounds can be varied.

Each limb's movement is controlled with a different button, making finding the right combos a matter of instinct and planning rather than experimentation. Pure martial arts inspire most of the moves. The slow-motion replay of the final moves allows the player to see where and what went right or wrong.


Tekken Arcade Fight on stadium
Tekken PlayStation A goofy victory pose.
Tekken PlayStation Paul vs Kazuya
Tekken PlayStation Paul vs Yoshimitsu

Promo Images

Tekken Screenshot
Tekken Screenshot
Tekken Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "铁拳" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "鐵拳" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "鉄拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Rave War" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Continue ? PlayStation GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 02, 1995 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 A- 91
Mega Fun PlayStation Aug, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Apr 15, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Edge PlayStation Apr 27, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Dec, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Retrogaming History PlayStation Apr 23, 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Nov 26, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
neXGam PlayStation 2002 7.3 out of 10 73


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1001 Video Games

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

Mini game

As with other Namco games of it's day (like Ridge Racer), Tekken's PlayStation version includes Galaga as a diversion while the game loads.

Title translation

The name Tekken literally translated, means "Iron Fist".

Working title

When the game was being developed for the arcade, the original title of the game was Rave War.


  • Game Players
    • 1995 (Vol. 8, No. 13) - Best Arcade-to-Home Translation Award (togetehr with Mortal Kombat 3)
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Donatello and Zovni

Related Web Sites

  • Tekken Zaibatsu (Great fan page with information on Tekken, including FAQs, secrets, soundtrack info etc.)
  • Wikipedia: Tekken (Information about Tekken at Wikipedia)
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