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Tekken apparently holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running video game storyline which surprised even Katsuhiro Harada

No RPG can hold a candle to the tale of the Mishimas

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 19, 2021 at 2:09 p.m. PST • Comments: 33

When we think about fighting games, their stories are normally not something that often comes to mind first, but it seems one series at least has managed to achieve accolades for its narrative that no other genre has.

The Tekken series apparently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running, cohesive storyline in all of video games according to longtime director Katsuhiro Harada.

This revelation came during a recent video interview from Bandai Namco where Harada explained that even he was taken by surprise by that record.

"I don't think our viewers out there are aware, but within the long history of video games, you'd think RPGs would have the longest lasting storyline, right?" said Harada. "That's what I thought too, since there are a lot of long-lasting RPG series."

Guinness, however, officially endorsed Tekken as the holder of that particular achievement which was made after a lot of fact checking and discovering what series actually fit their very strict definitions.

"Truth is, the longest lasting storyline within the history of video games is actually the Tekken series, and it comes with the Guinness World Records endorsement" — Katsuhiro Harada

As for the reasons why something like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest didn't take the crown seemingly boil down to the fact that each mainline entry follows an entirely different set of characters that aren't direct continuations over what came before.

Tekken, on the other hand, has kept trucking along without any reboots and the same cast plus time advancing forward between each for over 25 years now from Kazuya tossing Heihachi off of the cliffside to him battling Street Fighter's Akuma on top of a skyscraper.

"What I heard is that what was important wasn't whether a game has been running a long time, but rather whether the storyline is coherent throughout the series," said Harada. "Which makes sense since RPGs tend to be episodic instead of being a single storyline."

Other fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have technically been continuing their stories for a longer amount of time, but they were likely disqualified due to the Alpha series essentially re-telling SF1 while MK9 served as a reboot from NetherRealm Studios.

Bandai Namco apparently has no intention of relinquishing that title either, as the director jokes that they need to keep the story going for 100 years so that no one can ever catch up to their record.

There may be a few other contenders in their lane that could take over that spot should Tekken reboot at some point with series like Guilty Gear and Dead or Alive coming into existence only a few years after the Bamco flagship fighter.

I just hope that the next Guinness World Records book contains a page that's Kazuya's smug grin after chucking his dad because that perfectly encapsulates everything.

You can check out the Asobi Motto interview below with the world record talk beginning around the 15:30 mark. This is the same video where Harada also confirmed the Tekken 7 team is planning to update the game's online features even more in a future patch.

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