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Heihachi Mishima, the head of the powerful Mishima Zaibatsu, has been dethroned and defeated by his son Kazuya, backed and possessed by the Devil himself. Under his leadership, the organization has grown even more corrupt, and is involved in illegal animal experiments. An animal rights activist named Jun Kazama is sent to confront Kazuya. Meanwhile, Heihachi is plotting to overthrow his son. In attempt to draw his father out, Kazuya organizes the second King of the Iron Fist tournament.

The follow-up to Tekken is a versus fighting game featuring similar mechanics, with four buttons assigned to left and right punches and kicks. New moves include back throws, chain-throws, and a sidestep unique to Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima. Tackles now inflict damage depending on the distance.

The game also introduces three new gameplay modes: Survival, Team Battle and Time Attack mode. Survival mode is an endless series of matches, keeping track of the number of opponents the player defeats and not restoring the controllable character to full health after each battle. Team Battle is a two-player mode with up to eight selectable characters. Time Attack offers the opportunity to establish records in timed combat.


Tekken 2 PlayStation Law vs. Heihachi
Tekken 2 Zeebo Bruce, one of the unlockable characters, backflips to avoid Jack-2's approach.
Tekken 2 PlayStation King winds up for the kick.
Tekken 2 PlayStation Close combat attacks are shown from different angles.

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Alternate Titles

  • "铁拳2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Nov 15, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamezilla PlayStation 1996 94 out of 100 94
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 A- 91
Game Revolution PlayStation Sep, 1996 A- 91
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Sep, 1996 34 out of 40 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Jun, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Oct, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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King's ending

King's ending (as the only one) actually contains some live action footage.

References in movies

Tekken 2 is mentioned in the zombie-comedy movie Shaun of the Dead.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - PlayStation Game of the Year + Fighting Game of the Year (PlayStation version) + PlayStation Game of the Year runner-up (Readers' Choice) + Fighting Game of the Year (PlayStation version) (Readers' Choice) + Game of the Year runner-up (All Systems) (Readers' Choice)
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue 100).- voted #59 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll

Related Web Sites

  • Tekken Zaibatsu (Great fan page with information on Tekken 2, including FAQs, secrets, soundtrack info etc.)
  • Wikipedia: Tekken 2 (Information about Tekken 2 at Wikipedia)
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