Tekken 3D Prime Edition coming to North America Feb. 14, Europe Feb. 17

Tekken 3D Prime Edition is planned for release in Japan and North America in February. Today, Namco Bandai announced a final North American release date of February 14, along with plans to release the 3DS fighter in Europe and Australia (distributed by Nintendo) on February 17, making for a near-simultaneous worldwide release.

If you pick it up at launch, you won't have to worry about anyone else online having more practice time than you! You can also, uh, open a chat room and host international watch parties of Tekken: Blood Vengeance, the 3D movie included on the cartridge. There aren't that many other practical advantages to a worldwide release, other than the basic "not being annoyed by a long wait."
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TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION™ TO RELEASE ON
FEBRUARY 14, 2012

NAMCO BANDAI Games to Bring King of Iron Fist Tournament to
Nintendo 3DS this Winter

SAN JOSE, Calif., (December 21, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION™ is releasing in North America on February 14, 2012 for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system. The unique functionality of the 3D system takes the famous King of Iron Fist Tournament into the third-dimension for the first time, delivering a more immersive and dynamic TEKKEN® experience with more than 40 characters.

TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION will make the most of the Wi-Fi functionality of the Nintendo 3DS, delivering fast-paced dynamic battles with impressive graphics at 60fps. And with the Nintendo 3DS system's StreetPass™ feature, nearby players can exchange collectable TEKKEN cards even when their systems are asleep.

"TEKKEN has a rich 16 year legacy, with the franchise first appearing on the Nintendo platforms in 2001 with TEKKEN ADVANCE™ for GAME BOY™ ADVANCE," says Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. "With the unique abilities of the Nintendo 3DS, we're able to show the characters of the epic franchise in a way that has never been seen before, and fans are going to love how TEKKEN's return to Nintendo systems has taken the series to new levels."

As an industry first, the Game Card will also include the full-length CG animated feature film TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance™, produced by Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Death Note, Appleseed) and directed by Youichi Mouri (opening movies for TEKKEN 5 and TEKKEN 6: Bloodline Rebellion).

For more information on TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION, please visit: www.namcobandaigames.com; http://www.facebook.com/tekken; http://www.twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN; or http://www.twitter.com/FilthieRich.
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NINTENDO AND NAMCO BANDAI JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH TEKKENTM 3D PRIME EDITION ACROSS EUROPE

21st December, 2011 – Good news for European fans of action-packed fighting games, Nintendo and NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. have today confirmed that they have entered into a new distribution agreement for the forthcoming game TEKKEN™ 3D PRIME EDITION, scheduled for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS across Europe on 17 February 2012. Under the terms of the agreement Nintendo will be responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the game throughout European territories and Australia, with NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. remaining as the publisher.

TEKKEN 3D P RIME E DITION for Nintendo 3DS will see the famous King of Iron Fist Tournament fought in 3D for the first time, with the unique functionality of the Nintendo 3DS delivering a more realistic and dynamic TEKKEN™ experience. Players will choose from a selection of more than 40 characters and do battle on totally new stages alongside others redesigned especially for Nintendo 3DS. TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION will make the most of the Wi-Fi functionality of the Nintendo 3DS, and deliver fast-paced dynamic battles with impressive graphics running at a high frame rate.

For the first time on Nintendo 3DS, a full-length CG movie will be available on the game cartridge. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance is produced by Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Death Note, Appleseed) and directed by Youichi Mouri (opening movies for TEKKEN 5 and TEKKEN 6: Bloodline Rebellion). Taking the history and legacy of the TEKKEN universe into a full-length CG movie, TEKKEN Blood Vengeance will be included on the TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION cartridge, in full 3D.

TEKKEN™ 3D PRIME EDITION, will be available across Europe on 17 February 2012 exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. For more information about this and other features, visit www.nintendo.co.uk and www.namcobandaigames.eu

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About Nintendo 3DS:
Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
For more information about these features and other options, visit: www.nintendo3ds.co.uk

About Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.8 billion video games and more than 610 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

TEKKEN™ 3D PRIME EDITION&© 2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.