By Jonathan Charles | Jul 31, 2012 03:04 PM EDT
Recently, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 producer Katsuhiro Harada said that the clock speed of the Wii U might be weaker than current consoles. However, in an interview that Dusty Cartridge published on July 26, he insists that the graphics are competent - but it's not the important feature.
"However while developing Tag 2, since it's very graphic intensive because of the multiple characters on screen, there was still some power left over for graphic capabilities so the graphic chips seems to be pretty decent," Harada said. He added, though, it's not completely relevant.
The functionality allowing games to be switched from the GamePad seemed to impress Harada. He said that games could be played on the TV and in bed. The question is how games are streamed from the console to the GamePad, as well as the maximum wireless distance.
Asked if Tag 2 would take advantage of the GamePad, Harada said shortcut on-screen commands will be possible, or viewing the move list on the GamePad while seeing the move on-screen. "But most of the features we're planning are not the main game mechanics but features that enhance gameplay or make it more convenient," Harada added.
Similar to how the Soul Calibur series has offered platform exclusive characters, Harada described a moment where Heihachi eats a mushroom and becomes bigger (an obvious reference to Mario). "Those are some of the things we can only do because we're collaborating with Nintendo. That's something people seem to be excited about so I have more of those ideas planned," the producer averred.
Namco Bandi is developing the next Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. According to Harada, Tekken characters can be expected to make an appearance in the upcoming brawlers; however, it's down to consumer demand.
The announcement of Namco Bandai Games' involvement saw a mixed reaction. Suggestions for non-Tekken characters include Pac-Man.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 releases September 10, 2012 in Australia, September 11 in North America, September 13 in Japan, and September 14 in Europe for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A Wii U release date is TBA.
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