Tekken is an arcade fighting game that was released by Namco in December 1994. In 1995 it was ported to the PlayStation with a few enhancements. Thus began the journey of the best selling fighting game franchise in history. Yes, the Tekken series as a whole has sold more that the likes of the Street Fighter II series, The Mortal Kombat series, The Soul Calibur series, the Virtua Fighter series, and every other fighting game series you can think of.
The original Tekken is notable for being one of the first 3D fighting games available. It was developed on Namco’s System 11 arcade board which was essentially a PlayStation so the port, if you even want to call it that, was quite easy. In a bit of irony, the developers who created Tekken for Namco were largely former Sega employees who created Virtua Fighter.
On a side note, as a demonstration of how far arcades have fallen, Tekken 7, the latest in the series, was released on a limited scale in arcades in Japan. In the U.S. there was no arcade release. What’s an “arcade” you ask? My point exactly…