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Tekken 2
Tekken 2-game-cover
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Producer: Katsuhiro Harada
Platform: Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (Tekken 5 version), PlayStation 3 / PlayStation Portable (PlayStation Classics)
Release date:
  • August 1995
  • NA April 26, 1996 (Ver. B)


  • JPN March 29, 1996
  • NA August 25, 1996
  • EUR October 1996
Genre: Fighting
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer
Arcade System: Namco System 11

Tekken 2 (鉄拳2 Tekken Tsū?) is the second installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. The game was first released in arcades in 1995, and later released for the PlayStation in 1996. It was again released in 2005 as part of the Arcade History mode of Tekken 5 for the PlayStation 2, and later in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable via the PlayStation Network.


The gameplay in Tekken 2 is much like its predecessor, with a few additions. It continues to use 2D backgrounds in its stages, features an infinite playing field, and uses a fighting system that utilizes four buttons: left punch, right punch, left kick, and right kick. Distinct additions included attack reversals for some characters, back throws, chain-throws, sidestepping, and tackles also were modified to inflict damage when running from a greater distance.


A worldwide martial arts tournament was nearing its finale. A large purse of prize money which was to be awarded to the fighter who could defeat Heihachi Mishima in the final round provided incentive for warriors from all over the globe.

Financed and sponsored by the giant financial group, the Mishima Zaibatsu, the first Tekken tournament began with eight fighters, all of whom had emerged victorious from various matches held all over the world, all brought together by different motives, all possessing the skill and power to crumble mountains.

Many battles were fought. But only one lone warrior emerged with the right to challenge Heihachi Mishima for the of "King of Iron Fist" title. This warrior was Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi's cold-blooded son. Bearing the scar given to him by Heihachi, he enters into vicious combat with his father on the same field where Heihachi last struck down his own son and dropped him into a trench at age five.

After a grueling battle which raged on for hours, Kazuya emerged victorious by utilizing the power granted to him by the supernatural entity known as Devil.

As Heihachi's broken body lay on the ground, Kazuya dropped to his knee and lifted his father into his arms. Kazuya walked slowly to the edge of the same cliff from where his father had thrown him from, as a child. He stared out over the landscape, and let go of his father's body. As Heihachi's body plummeted, Kazuya's smile gleamed in the sunlight.

Two years have passed. The Mishima Zaibatsu under Kazuya's leadership has become even more powerful with its tendrils reaching to all corners of the world. Soon after his father's apparent death, Kazuya disappears into the shadows. However, rumors of his immense power, and a dark side, slowly begin to spread throughout the world.

Two years after the end of the first Tekken, a message is relayed from the Mishima Zaibatsu fortress to news agencies all over the world announcing a second tournament with a prize a thousand times that of the first.

Like his son before him, Heihachi survived his fall into the ravine thanks to his supernatural endurance. He retreated to the hills to meditate in order to rekindle and enhance his fighting ability. He enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 to reclaim his conglomerate and dispose of Kazuya once and for all. The roles of primary protagonist and antagonist from the first game (Kazuya and Heihachi respectively) were reversed for Tekken 2, with Kazuya being the selected character's ultimate opponent (with the exception of Kazuya himself). Like the first Tekken game, there is a canonical ending, which is Heihachi's ending. Heihachi flies in a helicopter with an unconscious Kazuya, towards a volcano. Heihachi tosses Kazuya in the volcano and flees as it erupts (this ending would be correct, as the PS2's intro to Tekken 4 shows Heihachi dropping Kazuya into a volcano).


Returning characters
Heihachi Mishima
Marshall Law
Michelle Chang
Nina Williams
Paul Phoenix
Anna Williams (unlockable)
Armor King (unlockable)
Devil (unlockable)
Ganryu (unlockable)
Kazuya Mishima (unlockable)
Kuma (unlockable)
Kunimitsu (unlockable)
Lee Chaolan (unlockable)
Prototype Jack (unlockable)
Wang Jinrei (unlockable)
New characters
Jun Kazama
Lei Wulong
Alex (unlockable, acts as a costume swap of Roger)
Angel (unlockable, acts as a costume swap of Devil)
Baek Doo San (unlockable)
Bruce Irvin (unlockable)
Roger (unlockable)


Stage Character
Morning Fields Jun Kazama
Serene Forest Yoshimitsu
Athens Nina Williams
The Great Wall Marshall Law
Pagoda Temple Heihachi Mishima
New York City Paul Phoenix
Akibahara Jack-2
Church Sanctuary King
Arizona Desert Michelle Chang
Hong Kong Rooftop Lei Wulong
Szechwan Fields Wang Jinrei
Cambodian Wetlands Kunimitsu
Taj Mahal Anna Williams
Korean Temple Baek Doo San
Launch Pad Lee Chaolan
Hills Kuma / Alex
London Ruins Prototype Jack
Nowhere Desert Armor King
Kyoto at Sunset Ganryu
Grand Canyon Bruce Irvin
Eternal Darkness Kazuya Mishima
Mirror Darkness Devil / Angel
Beach Roger


Tekken 2/Gallery



  • This is the only game in the series where the arcade intro has the option of remixed music.
  • The existence of Kazumi Mishima (Heihachi's wife) was alluded for the first time in Tekken 2; the floor carving mark ("Heihachi and Kazumi") seen in Heihachi's Pagoda Temple stage in which their names are written on the floorboard of the temple in the style of Aiaigasa (a romantic expression to show love between couples).
    • The floor carving mark was later seen again in the very first trailer of Tekken 7 (where Kazumi made her canonical debut).
  • Special close up images of the sub-boss and final boss (Kazuya Mishima and Devil) can be seen as the background of the pre-fight loading screen. This would later be used again in Tekken 6, showing Kazuya's son Jin Kazama and Azazel before their respective fights, onwards. For Tag 2 only has 3 pre-boss fight loading screen.
  • The final part of the intro in which the screen shows Heihachi's head and then moves up towards the sky eventually showing the game's logo would later be mimicked in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection.
  • All characters from the previous game return in Tekken 2, with the exception of Jack who was replaced with Jack-2.
  • In Heihachi's ending in which he throws his son into the volcano, Kazuya is clearly seen wearing his purple tuxedo. In Tekken 4, this scene is repeated only Kazuya is now instead wearing his white pants.
  • In Practice Mode, if the player's character is left standing idle for a few moments, a thought bubble will appear above their head with either Pac-Man or the Pac-Man ghosts inside. If the player leaves Practice Mode paused for a long time, a countdown will start and the game will eventually return to the title screen.
  • Once all 25 characters are unlocked, the Tekken 2 logo on the title screen will contain an image of Kazuya Mishima's face.
  • The arcade version states 23 characters are selectable, as it doesn't distinguish Alex and Angel as separate characters. Angel is also referred to as Devil in the arcade version.
  • In the arcade version of Tekken 2, the announcer does not say 'Devil' or 'Angel' when either character is selected.
  • Kazuya's boss outfit is not selectable in the arcade version.
  • The Japanese PlayStation version has a Theater Mode, a feature that the overseas fans wouldn't have until Tekken 3.
  • If a memory card with completed Tekken 2 save data is inserted with the Tekken 3 disc inserted (with theater mode unlocked), the endings for Tekken 2 can be viewed; this also works for the original Tekken.
  • The word "replay" now flashes.
  • If a character is selected when holding the select button, he/she will become much larger and have a high-pitched voice. The size change can be done twice, however it doesn't affect the character's physical size or reach despite their appearance. For example, Yoshimitsu's sword still has the same range even though it is much larger. To disable the cheat, the battle must be lost and a different costume or character must be selected.
  • If a character is selected when holding both Select and Up, he/she will have the above effects, and also bounce high when juggled. A sound is heard upon loading the stage if this cheat is enabled.
  • If L1 and L2 are held before the first stage, the game will enter a first person wireframe mode, similar to Nintendo's Punch-Out!!.
  • In the records area, positions beyond the number 20 are displayed erroneously as 21th, 22th, and 23th. This was fixed when Namco released the Western versions of Tekken 3 (the Japanese PSX version of Tekken 3 still displays 21th).
  • In Tekken 5's Arcade History version, Heihachi's KO sound is not played when he is defeated. Instead, one of his attacking sounds is heard.
  • In the arcade version, when defeating an opponent with Heihachi's Neck Breaker, Heihachi will not say anything when the opponent's neck cracks. The sound does play in the replay, however.
  • The original arcade version of Tekken 2 (denoted as Ver.A in the test menu) has a few moves missing compared to later versions and ports, whilst other moves have a different notation. Additionally, most throws lack sound effects of the opponent being hurt. The PlayStation version, as well as the Tekken 5 Arcade History version, are based on Tekken 2 Ver.B (with the latter retaining the Ver.B logo on the title screen).
  • The most notable difference between the AI in the arcade versions is the Ver.A AI favors combos and string hits, whereas the Ver.B AI favors small pokes and blocks much more. The PlayStation version has similar AI to Ver.A, however it also differs slightly from the arcade. Three examples are:
    • The CPU will always jump a shoulder charge in the arcade version, yet in the PlayStation port, they fall for it.
    • The CPU will always block the first half of the Frankensteiner move in the arcade version, but they will run straight into it in the PlayStation port, getting damage for both the hit and the throw.
    • In the arcade version, the player can defeat the CPU with a Jack character or Kuma by sitting down and punching, but in the PlayStation port, the CPU will always block it or knock the player over.
  • The majority of sound effects were remade for the PlayStation version, along with the announcer's voice. These sound effects were also used on the Tekken 5 Arcade History version, however the original arcade announcer remains, and custom sound effects exclusive to the PlayStation version are missing (e.g. extra bone cracking sounds, Kunimitsu's knife slash, Anna's KO sound). The PlayStation version makes heavy use of a reverb effect, however the effect is in the sound files themselves and is not controlled by software, unlike the arcade version.
  • In the PlayStation (PAL) version's instruction book, Jun's bio references Wang with his given name incorrectly spelled as 'Jinfrey' in the English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch sections, and 'Junfrey' in the Spanish section.
  • In the PlayStation version, if only one controller is connected, the screen will say CREDIT 0 / INSERT COIN on the disconnected side. If both controllers are disconnected, the game will also display INSERT COIN on the title screen.
  • There was an unauthorized pirated version of the game made for the Famicom/NES.
  • Pictures of all the characters from the roster in this game are found in the "Tekken 2 Retro Series", excluding Heihachi Mishima and Prototype Jack. Paul Phoenix has two pictures, one for the body with arms, and the other one with his head.
  • Michelle Chang's name was missing a lowercase "g" at the end of her last name in the Tekken 3 theater mode with the Tekken 2 disc inserted.
  • The row of the eight starting characters from the first Tekken game was different to the first Tekken game that was added with some characters. Jun and Lei were added, but Kazuya was replaced by Heihachi. Kazuya was unlockable in this game.
  • The announcer uses voices while he is saying the characters' names, including Devil, Kuma, Armor King, Ganryu, Anna Williams, Kunimitsu, and Prototype Jack, which their names are not announced in the first Tekken game either.

See also

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