Flashback: The Best Games of 1997

Tekken 3
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Bandai Namco12/13

With Sony and Nintendo riding high as Sega faltered, this one year defined genres and built franchises like almost no other

With Sony and Nintendo riding high as Sega faltered, this one year defined genres and built franchises like almost no other

Tekken 3

Tekken 3 hit arcades in 1997, and the PlayStation version that followed a year later managed to sell an incredible 8.5 million copies. Back then the arcade still felt like the real home of fighting games, and Tekken 3 quickly became the star of every badly-ventilated building full of teenagers, supplanting Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat for a brief while. Tekken 3 was a game both button-mashers and masters of obscure techniques learned from magazines could enjoy, with characters like the jaguar-masked King able to launch claw combos by hammering the punch buttons, while mastery of Nina's multi-step limb-breaking moves could make players the stuff of legend. Also, it had Panda on the roster – yes, a literal panda bear.

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