Nearly 20 years have passed since the end of Tekken 2, and a whole new generation of fighters is ready to brawl. But! An aged Heihachi, Paul Phoenix and more are still hanging in there!
This wraps up our look at the PS1 era of Tekken endings. When T3 hit PS1 in 1998 it was a prettttty big deal, and these endings are part of the reason – the rise in model and animation quality is immediately apparent and helped make Tekken 3 a console smash hit.
Today the whole “time jump” thing is pretty common – Naruto transforming into Naruto Shippuden might be one of the more famous, recent instances. But for video games, especially in the 90s, the concept was pretty fresh and outside of Street Fighter Alpha making characters younger, I can’t think of other examples. Point is, when Namco revealed an aged Heihachi and Paul it was like, whoa, they’re real people and they’re getting old, as opposed to SF/MK where they kinda changed outfits but didn’t look all that different.
MK3 and Street Fighter II did show some signs of aging, but the MK leap was nowhere as vast and the bubbly sprites of SFIII still looked like amazing cartoons, not “people.” Not saying Tekken 3 is hyper realistic, but there was something special about this time jump I swear!
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