Nintendo 3DS

Tekken 3D Prime Edtition Doesn’t Support 3D During Multiplayer


While other Nintendo 3DS fighters like Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions run at a higher framerate in 2D mode and a lower framerate in 3D mode, Tekken 3D Prime Edition runs at a smooth 60 frames-per-second in both 2D and 3D.


That said, there’s a catch.


It would appear this combination of 3D and 60 frames-per-second only applies to the game’s singleplayer mode. An Iwata Asks interview with Tekken series producer, Katsuhiro Harada, notes the following, with regard to stereoscopic 3D display:


“In Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, the game supports 60 frames per second during wireless play, but stereoscopic 3D display is not supported.”


That sounds like you can’t play the game’s multiplayer modes in 3D at all, which is something we weren’t aware of earlier. A good catch on the part of Siliconera reader, Peace Legacy, who pointed it out in our comments section!


Tekken 3D Prime Edition will be released on February 14th in North America.


Food for thought:

I’m rather curious as to what people think of this. One the one hand, while having the choice to fight multiplayer matches in 3D at a lower framerate would have been nice, I always wrestled with the prospect of turning 3D off in Dead or Alive: Dimensions because it looked so good. It always came at the cost of a smooth experience, but despite that, even today, I have trouble turning 3D off because it feels like I’m missing out on part of the experience.

From a design standpoint, is forcing 2D mode perhaps the best course of action?

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.