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Tekken's fascinating history on handheld systems, including a card game or 2 you've likely never heard of

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 14, 2022 at 12:22 p.m. PST • Comments: 2

Through the first 5 or 6 games in Tekken's history, the series was viewed almost exclusively in terms of the PlayStation and arcades, but that wasn't entirely the case.

There's a decent chance you already know of the technically impressive Game Boy Advance version of Tekken, but GuileWinQuote recently performed the full fascinating dive into Bandai Namco's premier fighting game franchise on handheld consoles with more titles you may not have seen before.

Almost 3 years before the arrival of Tekken Advance in North America, Japan would see the exclusive release of Tekken Card Challenge in 1999, which as the name suggests isn't a fighting game at all.

Instead of trying to master the Electric Wind God Fist input, players battle against other chibi Tekken fighters in a card game similar to War where the higher number generally wins and deals damage to the opponent.

That's not all there is to the combat, however, as there's special cards that block incoming attacks or perform a launcher that allows for follow-up combos.

While it may seem easy at first glance, there's still timing and strategy required since the card selecting cursor is constantly moving, so you can't just pick the highest number every time.

Card Challenge isn't even the only card-based Tekken game out there, but you'll have to check out Guile Win Quote's new video below to see the rest of the odd, interesting and cool portable titles Bandai Namco has experimented with over the years.

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