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Tekken 3
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Producer: Katsuhiro Harada
Platform: Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (as part of Arcade History mode in Tekken 5)
Release date:
  • March 1997


  • JP March 26, 1998
  • NA April 29, 1998
  • EU September 12, 1998

Playstation Network

  • PAL December 21, 2011
Genre: Fighting
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer
Arcade System: Namco System 12

Tekken 3 (鉄拳3 Tekken Suri?) is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was released on Arcades in March 1997, and for the PlayStation in mid-1998. A simplified "arcade" version of the game was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 as part of the Arcade History mode featured exclusively in Tekken 5. The PlayStation version is considered by some as one of the greatest games of its genre. It is also considered the best game in the entire series by both fans and critics.

It was the first game released on Namco System 12 hardware (an improvement to the original two Tekken games, which used System 11). It was also the last installment of the series for the original PlayStation.     


Tekken 3 maintains the same core fighting system and concept as its predecessors, but brings many improvements, such as significantly more detailed graphics and animations, fifteen new characters added to the game's roster, more modern music and faster and more fluid gameplay.

Perhaps the most noticeable change from the Tekken 2 fight system is movement reform - whereas the element of depth had been largely insignificant in previous Tekken games (aside from some characters having unique sidesteps and dodging maneuvers), Tekken 3 added emphasis on the third axis, allowing all characters to sidestep in or out of the background by lightly pressing the arcade stick (or tapping the controller button in the console version) towards the corresponding direction. Another big change in movement was that jumping was toned down, no longer allowing fighters to jump to extreme heights (as was present in previous games), but keeping leaps to reasonable, realistic heights. It made air combat more controllable, and put more use to sidestep dodges, as jumping no longer became a universal dodge move that was flying above all of the ground moves. Other than that, the improved engine allowed for quick recoveries from knock-downs, more escapes from tackles and stuns, better juggling (as many old moves had changed parameters, allowing them to connect in-combo situations, where they wouldn't connect in previous games) and extra newly-created combo throws.

Tekken 3 was the first Tekken to feature a beat 'em up Streets of Rage style minigame called Tekken Force, which pitted the player in various stages against enemies in a side-scrolling fashion. If the player succeeds in beating the minigame four times, Dr. Bosconovitch would become a playable character (granted that he is defeated first). This was continued in Tekken 4 and succeeded by the Devil Within minigame in Tekken 5 - but Bosconovitch was dropped as a playable character after Tekken 3. There is also a minigame called Tekken Ball, similar to beach volleyball, where one has to either "charge" a ball (hit the ball with a powerful attack) to hurt the opponent or try to hit the ball in such a way that it hits the ground in the opponent's area, thus causing damage.


Set fifteen years after the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2, the story starts with Jun Kazama, who has been living a quiet life in Yakushima with her young son, Jin, who is the son of Kazuya Mishima.

Heihachi Mishima, meanwhile, has established the Tekken Force, an organization dedicated to the protection of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Using the company's influence, Heihachi is responsible for many events that have ultimately led to world peace. However, while on an excavation in Mexico, a squadron of Heihachi's Tekken Force is attacked and vanquished by a mysterious being. The only surviving soldier manages to relay a brief message to Heihachi, describing the perpetrator as an "Ogre" or a "Fighting God". Heihachi and a team of soldiers investigate, with Heihachi managing to catch a glimpse of the culprit. After seeing the Ogre character, Heihachi's long dormant dream of world domination is reawakened. He seeks to capture Ogre to use him for this goal.

Soon after, various martial arts masters begin disappearing from all over the world, and Heihachi is convinced that this is Ogre's doing. In Yakushima, Jun starts to feel the presence of Ogre approaching her and Jin. Knowing that she has become a target, Jun tells Jin about Ogre, and instructs him to go straight to Heihachi should anything happen. Sometime after Jin's fifteenth birthday, Ogre does indeed attack. Against Jun's wishes, Jin valiantly tries to fight Ogre off, but Ogre brushes him aside and knocks him unconscious. When Jin reawakens, he finds that the house has been burned to the ground, and that his mother is missing and most likely dead.

Driven by revenge, Jin goes to Heihachi and tells him everything. Jin begs Heihachi to train him to become strong enough to face Ogre again. Heihachi accepts.

Four years later, Jin grows into an impressive fighter and master of Mishima Style Karate. On Jin's nineteenth birthday, the King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 is announced, and Jin prepares for his upcoming battle against Ogre. He is unaware, however, that Heihachi is merely using him and the rest of the competitors as bait to lure Ogre out in order to capture him.

Eventually, the tournament leads to the final confrontation between Jin and the God of Fighting. Ogre is able to transform into a much more powerful "true" form. Jin emerges the victor and Ogre completely dissolves. Moments later, Jin is gunned down by a squadron of Tekken Forces led by Heihachi, who, no longer needing Jin, finishes the job personally by firing a final shot into his grandson's head.

However, Jin, revived by the Devil Gene within him (because after Jin's mother had gone missing following an attack from Ogre, Devil returned, branded Jin's left arm with a mark, possessing him), reawakens and makes quick work of the soldiers, turning his attention to Heihachi and literally smashing him through the wall of the temple. Heihachi survives the long fall, but Jin, in mid-air, sprouts black, feathery wings and strikes Heihachi one last time. He then flies off into the night, leaving his bewildered grandfather staring after him.

Character RosterEdit

Returning CharactersEdit

New CharactersEdit

Bonus Characters (PlayStation version)Edit

Note: Some characters are absent in Tekken 3 (such as Kazuya Mishima).


Trivia Edit

  • If the player puts the Tekken 3 disc into a CD player (or activate the "CD player" function on their game console), the 2nd track will play. The 2:37 song is called "The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 3: Enter The Tekken".
  • Theater Mode is available after beating the game with all starting characters.
  • This is the only Tekken game featuring two minigames.
  • Out of all the Tekken games featuring a Jack model, this is the only one where no Jack is a starting character.
  • If the player has any saved data from Tekken or Tekken 2 on their memory card, the player can view any unlocked FMVs from the games while in Theatre mode.
  • This is the first game to have a Theater Mode outside Japan.
  • Tekken 3 is mentioned in the Eiffel 65 song, "My Console".
  • In Paul and Bryan's stage, on the wall, a certain piece of graffiti says "Soul Edge", in reference to the Namco's Soul series (and possibly the fictional sword itself).
  • In Lei's stage, the player can see at one point in the background what looks like a transparent Triforce (from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series) on a red sign.
  • Crow, Falcon, Hawk and Owl, members of the Tekken Force and appearing in the eponymous minigame in this installment, are playable through the use of a cheat device such as Action Replay/GameShark.
  • Dr. Bosconovitch and Gon appear as secret characters in the console version of the game, and do not appear in any subsequent titles. Dr. Bosconovitch does however make a cameo in Tekken Tag Tournament's Tekken Bowl mode. Dr. Bosconovitch later makes a playable appearance as a DLC character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
  • This is the only Tekken game not to feature Lee Chaolan and Kazuya Mishima as playable characters.
  • This is also the only Tekken game to feature a sound-echoing replay; it only happens on the PlayStation version.


Opening MoviesEdit

See also Edit

See: Tekken 3 Music

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