on the arcade and PS1 smash hit, Tekken 3, Tekken Advance was the first
portable version of Tekken ever made, and was released only for the Gameboy Advance.
The controls are simplified for the Gameboy's buttons layout... one button for punch,
one for kick, one trigger for throw, and the other trigger for sidestep.
The game includes traditional 1-on-1 bouts, and also 3-on-3 tag battles.
Ohh Tekken 3... what did
they do to you...
Tekken's tried-and-true gameplay
mechanics are obviously drastically simplified for the GBA... and as a GBA game,
I suppose it's
not completely horrible. However, as a representation of Tekken and as
a fighting game in general, it's lacking to say the very least. First off, many
characters and tons of moves are missing in action.... ouch.
There are some
decent combo possibilities, but they're done quite differently than in
the arcade counterpart. With that said, Tekken Advance doesn't really feel
much like Tekken at all, contrary to what some "mainstream" reviewing sites
have said (what were they thinking). lol.
These screens look way
better than the actual game. lol.
there's not a whole lot going on... but considering the time period, and by GBA
standards, I suppose you could say the graphics are, dare I say... decent?
got your flat 3D texture mapped rotating floor, cut & paste background
image, and poorly animated 2D sprites which were ripped straight from the
3D character models in Tekken 3... so "good" might be pushing it. I think the
GBA looks best when it uses clean cut 2D sprites, rather than attempting
something that was originally made with 3D polygons. I can appreciate the
effort in smoothing out the Tekken models, but the end result really doesn't
impress in any way.
So is this
game trash, Frank? No, it's not complete trash. The sound is actually
fairly decent considering the system its on, and the 3-on-3 tag mode is somewhat
interesting. However, I can't
get past the fact that this is a very 'dumbed down' version of the blockbuster game
that is Tekken 3... there's just no forgiving that. Damn you Tekken
Damn you to hell.
Silly GameBoy... Tekken is
If you want to
play Tekken, play it on a system that can handle it... because playing this
version is simply a waste of time. By playing Tekken Advance, you're not getting any better
at Tekken because the gameplay isn't true to the series. There really isn't a need for this version of Tekken... especially now
that true portable iterations of Tekken have been created (see Tekken: Dark Resurrection,
Tekken 6 & Tekken 3D: Prime Edition).
Tekken Advance... no, I didn't buy it. I played my friend's copy of the
game, and gently put it down after a tear ran down my cheek... from laughing.
Simply put, due to the change in the control layout, it's already not
"pure" Tekken... which immediately turns off hardcore players like
A decade after Tekken Advance was made, the series finally returned to a
Nintendo handheld system with Tekken 3D: Prime Edition. It's amazing what
10 years can do!