(Thanks to ArcadeBelgium for retweeting this!)
In an answer to a question from a fan today, Tekken producer Harada gave us some arcade news to talk about. The latest Tekken coming to market, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be released in Japan on the 14th of September but so far, there has been no news to speak of on when (and if) it might show up in other territories with a translation. The question was “Will there be a U.S. arcade release for TTT2?”. The answer:
We are considering now. Location Test = at October in LA, TX, NY (Probably). RT @HiRisk808 will there be a U.S. arcade release for TTT2?
Guessing where they might loctest given these locations: Round 1 for LA, Arcade UFO for Texas and Next Level Arcade in NY. Just an educated guess, given the support those locations offer for games like this. As for the setup, who knows if they’ll stick with the Versus style (1 cabinet per player) or do something a little more suited to most American arcades of 2p per cabinet. I could see it going both ways in a deluxe and standard setup, as I’m sure that places like I mentioned for the loctesting would prefer multiple units, while others would prefer just one. Tekken 6 was released in the US in very limited quantities as a 2p unit but it’s hindrance more than anything else was the price tag (between $14k-$16k). Hopefully improvements can be made on that front as well, in addition to giving operators who jump in enough time to make the money back. At least October is a short time away so we’ll know soon enough if Namco will take the plunge or not.
Oh and in related fighter news, if you’ve ever wondered where the whole “Toasty!” thing came from in Mortal Kombat, here’s your explanation.