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Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Producer: Katsuhiro Harada
Platform: Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (as part of Arcade History mode in Tekken 5)
Release date:
  • JPN December 9, 1994
  • INT May 12, 1995


  • JPN March 31, 1995
  • NA November 8, 1995
  • EUR November 29, 1995

Playstation Network

  • PAL May 21, 2011
  • NA June 3, 2011
  • JPN July 6, 2011
Genre: Fighting
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer
Arcade System: Namco System 11

Tekken (鉄拳? lit. Iron Fist) is a fighting game and is the first in the series of the same name. It was first released in 1994 in arcades and later in 1995 on the PlayStation and was released again in Tekken 5's arcade history mode. It was developed and published by Namco.


A worldwide martial arts tournament is nearing its final, with a large purse of prize money to the fighter who can defeat Heihachi Mishima in the final round of competition. The contest is sponsored by the giant financial group, the Mishima Zaibatsu. There are eight fighters that remain after winning death matches all over the world. The winner of the tournament will receive The King of the Iron Fist title. Only one will have a chance at defeating Heihachi and taking home the prize money and fame. The player is initially able to select one of those eight fighters at the start of the game, each one having their own personal reasons for entering the tournament aside from the prize money.

Kazuya Mishima is the main character. Heihachi's biological son, he was thrown into a ravine by his tyrannical father when he was five years old. Heihachi, believing his son was too weak to ever inherit his conglomerate, decided that if he were truly strong enough, he would be able to survive the fall and climb back up. Kazuya barely survived a fall that left him with the scar prominently visible on his chest. Fueled by hatred for his father, he enters the tournament to exact his revenge.

Although all playable characters in Tekken have their own ending upon completion of their particular scenario, depicting events following the tournament as if they were the one victorious, it became a staple in later Tekken games of having only one character's ending as the true canonical one, and the following sequel's storyline is based on what happened after that particular ending.


Tekken is one of the earliest 3D fighting game franchises, with the first game applying many of the concepts found in Virtua Fighter by Sega.

As with many fighting games, players choose a character from a lineup, and engage in hand-to-hand combat with an opponent.

Tekken differs from other hand-to-hand fighting games in some ways. Traditional fighting games are usually played with buttons which correspond to the strength of the attack, such as strong punch or weak kick. Tekken, however, dedicates a button to each limb of the fighter, making learning special attacks more of an intuitive process. The player could watch the animation on screen and figure out the appropriate command: if the character kicks low with their right leg, the move is likely to be executed by pressing down and right kick, or a similar variation.

Traditional fighting games, such as Street Fighter, involve inputting commands as rapidly and accurately as possible, whereas Tekken slows the action down, emphasizing rhythm, strategy, and deception over speed.


Starting characters
Kazuya Mishima
Marshall Law
Michelle Chang
Nina Williams
Paul Phoenix
Unlockable characters
Anna Williams
Armor King
Devil (acts as a costume swap for Kazuya)
Heihachi Mishima (final boss)
Lee Chaolan
Prototype Jack
Wang Jinrei


Angkor Wat
King George Island
Marine Stadium
Monument Valley





  • This Tekken game is notable for having these distinctions:
    • All of the arenas are located outdoors.
    • This is the only game where Nina Williams fights barefoot.
    • The sub-bosses and the final boss do not have endings.
    • Identical music is used for every character's ending.
    • The arcade mode is faithful to the original arcade game, allowing the player to complete a time record without being stuck with default game settings.
  • Devil Kazuya is unlockable by beating the Galaga mini game that is playable before the actual game loads up.
  • Originally Tekken was to be titled "Rave War" but the development team later replaced it to Tekken.
  • Marshall Law's son Forest Law and wife Mrs. Law can both be seen in Yoshimitsu's ending.
    • This is the first time Forest Law appeared, he is seen as a toddler in this ending.
    • The toddler version of Forest Law is wearing a white tank top and yellow pants.
  • King's ending features real digitized children, a technique which would later be used again in his Tekken 2 ending.
  • In the PlayStation version, the Stadium stage has a big screen in the background reflecting the fight.
  • If a memory card with completed Tekken save data is inserted and the Tekken 3 disc is inserted (with theater mode unlocked), the player can view the endings for Tekken; this also works for Tekken 2.
  • In Jack's ending video, the machine connected to Jack is named System 11, which is the name of the arcade hardware used in both Tekken and Tekken 2.
  • With the exception of Wang, the boss characters' voices are identical to other characters.
    • Kazuya Mishima and Lee Chaolan (with some voice clips)
    • Paul
    • King, Armor King, Kuma
    • Law
    • Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu
    • Nina Williams and Anna Williams
    • Michelle
    • Jack, Prototype Jack, Ganryu, and Heihachi Mishima
  • In the arcade version, after selecting a fighter, their facial expressions would change, similar to Virtua Fighter. The character's name is also announced upon character selection.
    • The only boss characters to have their names announced are Wang, Lee, and Heihachi. Armor King, Prototype Jack, and Devil Kazuya use the same samples as their default characters, King, Jack, and Kazuya Mishima respectively. With other characters, the announcer simply says You Win.
    • Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu share the same animated facial expression.
  • Each stage's background music, with the exception of the Venezia stage, would later be recycled in Tekken 2. Some tracks also made a comeback in Tekken 4, including Venezia.
  • The intro featuring Kazuya has remixed music in the PlayStation version, but cannot be changed to the original arcade music like the arcade intro in Tekken 2.
  • If Heihachi Mishima is selected, he must fight all of the sub-bosses; the characters fought are in a specific order: Kunimitsu, Kuma, Wang Jinrei, Ganryu, Lee Chaolan, Prototype Jack, Armor King, Anna Williams, and Devil Kazuya.
  • The player can listen to all the game music with a CD player.
  • The cover has a blue figure in addition to the eight default playable characters. Based on certain artwork showing more of the cover, it would appear to be a version of Prototype Jack.
  • In the PlayStation version, due to weaker system specs, the character animations on the character select were removed and their still character images are either the beginning or end of them, with the exception of Heihachi Mishima, who has a similar but different image.
  • Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu share the same winning poses.
  • Anna WIlliams, Armor King, Ganryu, Heihachi Mishima, Kuma, Lee Chaolan, Prototype Jack, and Wang Jinrei only have one win pose instead of two.

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