Two new game modes are the first things that greet me when I start the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, named Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition. Mushroom Mode and Tekken Ball are both exclusive to the Wii U version, and reminds me of the older Tekken games where Namco had the habit of always pampering the console audience with a few extra game modes.
The best one of these additions was Tekken Ball from Tekken 3, and I played it way too many hours as a nice distraction from the fighting. So it was with trembling fingers that I choose to start my career with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Wii U with some volleyball. Have Namco managed to make it as entertaining as the original?
The answer to the rhetorical question is a resounding yes. It doesn't take long before I realize that I've still got it and my tag team can start humiliating the opponents with rock solid power smashes. Over the weekend I invited some pals over to find out if it's even funnier when facing human resistance - and after too many hours of hard testing, I can happily announce that it actually is.
The second game mode is more insane, but still entertaining. Here we are fighting in arenas filled with familiar Nintendo bonus items, such as super mushrooms, while listening to sweet Nintendo music remixes. Picking up bonuses, like the mentioned mushroom, will make you grow like Super Mario and make you far stronger to dish out more punishment. As I said, Mushroom Mode is more insane, and despite few different bonus items, it's still a nice addition to the game. Especially for younger players, but also to those of my friends who do not understand Tekken.
Mushroom Mode can also be made even weirder than it already is by dressing up all the Tekken rapscallions in classic Nintendo outfits. Jinpachi Mishima is a completely bizarre Toad while Lars Alexandersson easily turns into a Link from one's worst nightmares. All this is also unlocked from the start, which means that I for once actually can start to enjoy the game directly, rather than unlocking stuff for a small eternity before the real fun begins.