Harada was told to wear sunglasses for four years by Capcom because he was supposed to be the 'bad guy' for Street Fighter X Tekken promotions

10 years later and Harada is still wearing sunglasses as it's become part of his image

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 1, 2020 at 2:44 p.m. PDT | Comments: 22

During the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable that took place last night, fighting game developers got together to outline some plans from Capcom, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, SNK, Arika, and Koei Tecmo in regards to fighting games.

Among those representing Bandai Namco was Katsuhiro Harada, director and producer of the Tekken series. Funnily enough, Harada was wearing his iconic sunglasses at the roundtable even though he was streaming from his own home. At one point during the stream, Harada revealed that he began to wear sunglasses because Capcom had asked him to.

"I was actually forced by Capcom to wear these sunglasses, originally," stated Harada. "They told me, 'Please wear these sunglasses for four years since you're the bad guy.' And now I'm still wearing them 10 years later."

Harada's comment about Capcom "forcing" him to wear the sunglasses appeared to be in jest as he had been acting comical throughout the entire presentation. Still, it seems that he ended up complying with their request to be the "bad guy."

Since this conference was in Japanese, one of the hosts for the English stream, Michael Murray, was present to provide translations. Michael Murray would then go on to confirm Harada's story and even added a little extra context.

"He said that his sunglasses are something that Capcom asked us for," stated Murray. "True story though. Capcom U.S.A. told him to do it because he's 'the bad guy.'"

This cross-promotion between Capcom and Bandai Namco was for the sake of advertising Street Fighter X Tekken while it was in development. Notably, Street Fighter X Tekken was developed by Capcom while the still unreleased Tekken X Street Fighter was to be handled by Bandai Namco.

"That was back during the Street Fighter X Tekken stuff," continued Murray. "Yoshinori Ono was supposed to be the good guy and Harada was the bad guy. But then everyone came to expect it. He has to play along, right?"

Since then, the sunglasses have seemingly become an important part of Harada's image. This explains why he's always seen wearing them.

His mock model was even seen donning them in the Negan DLC trailer for Tekken 7. It certainly did its job of making Harada's in-game appearance look recognizable. We instantly knew who this was when he was shown interacting with Negan.

Special thanks goes out to Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor for his translations and contributions to this article.

Photo sources: Ono X Harada and Negan Gameplay Trailer.

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