If you are on the prowl for any Tekken Tag Tournament 2 news then here is the latest piece I have found in regards to the game, an interview that Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada had with EDGE Magazine. There is plenty of talk as to why return to the Tekken Tag series, what makes Tekken different than games like Street Fighter and of course, some talk about arcades, including why they still prefer to release Tekken in arcades before they bring it to consoles.
Unfortunately there is the usual “arcades are dead” or in decline thing going on here but aside from me posting the thousands of locations down one-by-one, how about we just leave it at there is a market for fighting games out there (yes even in the US) but not so much for a fighter that surpasses $14k on up to $20k. It’s true that there are very few locations willing or able to spend that kind of money on these kind of games. But I’d be willing to bet good money that a fighter like Tekken or Street Fighter released for $5k-$6k would do pretty darn well in the US, and I’m not a gambling man either, it’s just plain common sense. Also, us arcade operators kind of like having enough exclusive time with our games so that they can at the very least make their money back but in no other genre are arcade versions more undermined by console releases than in the realm of fighters, Tekken being one of the prime suspects in this sort of practice(particularly with Tekken 5). If you disagree with that assessment(it feels like one I’ve made many times before), feel free to comment about it below.
Anyways, with that aside, here the link to the interview for those interested.