Since 1994, Tekken has been the leading franchise in 3D
fighting games. While not the first game to do this, an honour that goes to
SEGA’s 1993 game Virtua Fighter, it is certainly the most popular and long
lasting franchise to feature this style. The original Tekken game features 17
playable characters, 9 of which were unlockable, the same number of fighters
that was featured in the fifth release of Street Fighter II, 1994’s Super
Street Fighter II Turbo.
The number of characters featured on the roster has been ever
growing in subsequent releases, with 65 original playable characters across the
many releases of the franchise. As well as this, Tekken also features five
guest characters. In Tekken 3, Gon from the manga of the same name appears as a
playable fighter. In Tekken 7, Akuma from Street Fighter, Geese Howard from
Fatal Fury, Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV and Negan from the
Walking Dead all appear as guest fighters.
The rich cast of original characters have made a place for
themselves in gaming culture. Dedicated fans stick by their favourite
characters through every iteration of the franchise, and cry out for their
favourite legacy characters to return in subsequent releases. But out of all
the characters, who stands out among the rest as the true King of Iron Fists in
the eyes of fans?
Hey, Darren here! I'm a Media enthusiast with a strong passion for Film and Video Games. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2019 with a degree in Digital Media Design, and now I am here writing articles.