Nintendo Was Understanding With Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition Collaborations

By Spencer . September 24, 2012 . 3:43pm


Mushroom Battle mode is one of the highlights exclusive to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition. This adds Mario themed items like Super Mushrooms that make fighters grow, Poison Mushrooms that shrink and damage characters, and Super Stars that grant temporary invincibility. I played Mushroom Battle mode and it has more of a "party game" kind of feel than standard Tekken.


Producer Katsuhiro Harada explained while you typically get stronger when you eat a mushroom, growing changes the distance and range of your attacks.




Originally, the "mushroom battle" mode didn’t have a Nintendo theme. The Tekken team was playing with the concept of character scale while developing Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

"When we were developing the game early on, we had this new feature where you could scale the character size making them bigger or smaller," Harada explained. "We were playing around with that. It was interesting and entertaining, but we didn’t really have any good ideas to tie that to gameplay. When the Wii U version came along we thought it’s Mario and it makes sense if you’re Mario to eat a mushroom and get bigger."


"That was an an idea from our side that they approved. We also told them we wanted to use the stars for invincibility and they were OK with that," Harada disclosed. "We do use some of the sound effects from Mario and remix some of the music. Some of these are things we really wanted to do, but we thought Nintendo would not be OK with. They actually were and they made it into the game as you can see. They were very cooperative. We didn’t expect to get as far as we did. There aren’t many third party games that go as far with Nintendo properties so you can see how understanding they were this time."


Not all of the Tekken team’s ideas were Nintendo material, though. "We would like to try some violent features like raising poison mushrooms below the stage and then you can take them online and when you’re fighting your friend you can shove it in their face," Harada joked. "We’d like to try some violent features like that, but I don’t like Nintendo would agree with that. I think they would be kind of angry!"




Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition also has a number of Nintendo themed costumes. These ideas came from the Nintendo side where they asked the Tekken team if they could give one of their fighters a certain Nintendo costume.


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Regarding characters, Harada prefers not to have platform exclusive characters like the Soulcalibur series. That doesn’t mean there is a zero percent chance Tekken or another fighting game series will get exclusive characters, though. "We are a third party developer, so there might be some instances where a first party says the game will be much more exciting and we can hype it more if this particular character is in it. That was probably the case with some of the other titles we made."

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  • SantiagodelosSantos

    This was a great idea for the Wii U edition, it convinced me to buy the game because of the Zelda costumes (to be fair i would buy anything that allowed me to dress up as link) and from what i hear a lot of people are interested in this version thanks to the costumes. Although it shouldn’t be overdone, 3rd parties should try to do this when trying to appeal to a more “nintendo” audience. This way you will get a lot more sales for the game on that platform and introduce people who are not familiar with the franchise so you can get more fans of said franchise. 

    • drproton

       I’m waiting to buy this game on Wii U myself.  These features fit well into TTT’s trademark wackiness.

      Also it’s a bit nostalgic to get TTT2 at a console launch, since it was one of the games I got at the launch of the PS2.

  • Herok♞

    The more I read about the gladder it makes me to wait to get this for WiiU.

    • midgard229

      odd, this had the opposite affect on me

      • SantiagodelosSantos

        I don’t see how. Its ttt2 but with extra exclusive Nintendo content. What exactly is negative to you?

        • midgard229

          well extra’s are normally always a plus. But I really despise mario, and obviously i dont have to use those extra’s, but why would i wait to play it on wii-u when i can play with my friends and family  now and with a far far bigger community ?

          good for Nintendo only loving guys though

          • SantiagodelosSantos

            but still, how did these announcements give you the opposite effect? It’s TTT2 but with the OPTION of using Nintendo costumes and an extra multiplayer mode. If the community was your biggest problem then why would this news make you want the game less than before?

          • midgard229

            haha i will agree with you sir. generally it shouldn’t have an opposite affect, but it did.

            it was only because of the throwing in silly incentives that i personally dont like.

            obviously it was not meant for me, so to me knowing i could see marios fighting online would piss me off. 

            it doesnt mean the extra’s are dumb, its obviously awesome for fans of nintendo, just saying it annoyed me, thats fair right?

            sorta like how hearing justin beiber sing”Baby, Baby, Baby Oh!” pisses me off, it just does lol

  • Heihachi MArio? Bowser Ganryu? Kazuya Luigi? kekekekekke

    • Just Tim

      Just be thankful there’s no costume for Tingle!  >_<;

      • What are you talking about? Of course a Tingle costume will be made available in this game! Japan loves Tingle! Dunno what Harada thinks of that character, though. But if he can make all the male characters wear thongs (it’s not even the weirdest thing in this game), then making them dress as “Fairy Boys” is certainly not out of the question!

        • Just Tim

          It’s because the “thong” you’re talking about is actually the traditional sumo garb.

          Meanwhile, Americans revile him outright!  As a compromise, make Tingle’s outfit (alongside Captain Rainbow’s) into DLCs.

  • heartless141

    Got a hand on at TGS. It sucked.
    Basically being bigger disable your ability to combo, your high and even mids will all miss also make you and easier target to get comboed.
    Not to mention the horrible frame rate. Offline battle lagged way more than tekken 6 online.

    The wii u controller didn’t help either. Both the classic and the pad.

    • midgard229

      yeah it didnt look good, figured it was just tossed in as a gimmick so people would buy it.

      looks stupid anyway

    • Just Tim

      Basically, this mode only turns chars into Gold Lightan and PTX-40A, as portrayed in TvC, given all those descriptions.

      • heartless141

        Gon as well.

      • Ty Arnold

        PTX was high-tier, if I recall. Poor Gold Lightan, on the other hand…

    • zero254

      Who needs to combo when you can hammer fist all day like tekken 4 hehachi. On a wall? Have some hammer fist.

  • Xmas Lopez

    Those costumes are pretty adorable, even if they are on Heihachi

  • Tekken is kind of meh anyway as a fighting game. They have some good character design though

  • This game is missing Warioware Inc. Character costumes! I want Lili dressed as Ashley! And maybe someone dressing as Dr. Crygor and his grandaugther, Penny!

    • Crygor and Penny? How about Wang and Xiaoyu get those? Grandpa-granddaughter and all.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    <3 only getting the wii-u version 

  • “Originally, the ‘mushroom battle’ mode didn’t have a Nintendo theme.”

    I’m starting to think the initial creative process involved actual mushrooms. [Nod]

  • psycho_bandaid

    Yeah this mode wont get much play. Tekken is sold as a technical 3D fighter. Not sure if thats the same group that will really go for this.

    • GuyAlpha

       I guess when people aren’t playing to win, they can play this for fun.

  • Some1onearth

    I’m only getting the WiiU version…and glad I held out, I almost forgot why I held out.

    Hopefully a SoulCalibur comes out for WiiU and brings back Link! I don’t have the gamecube version. T_T

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