Tekken 3 is a 3D fighting game developed and released by Namco for arcades (running the PS1-based Namco System 12 hardware) on March 20, 1997.
Set fifteen years after the events of Tekken 2 (where Heihachi Mishima defeats his son Kazuya in the second King of the Iron Fist Tournament and disposes of him in a volcano), the story centers around Jin Kazama: the son of Jun Kazama and Kazuya who is trained by Heihachi to fight in the third King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Unbeknown to him, Heihachi is using the tournament to lure out an ancient mysterious entity.
A console port was released for the Sony PlayStation in March 1998 (in Japan), April 1998 (in North America), and September 1998 (in Europe). This version added two new unlockable characters, updated some characters, and added two new game modes (the belt-scrolling beat-em-up "Tekken Force" and the dodgeball and volleyball-inspired "Tekken Ball").
The game was later used as the base for a spin-off in 1999 (titled Tekken Tag Tournament), which added both tag-team mechanics and most of the characters from the previous games.
- Jin Kazama (similar moveset to Kazuya Mishima)
- Forest Law (similar moveset to Marshall Law)
- Hwoarang (similar moveset to Baek Doo San)
- Eddy Gordo
- Ling Xiaoyu
- Bryan Fury (hidden unlockable, similar moveset to Bruce Irvin)
- Dr. Bosconovitch (hidden unlockable, exclusive to console version)
- Gon (hidden unlockable and guest character from the manga of the same name, exclusive to console version)
- Julia Chang (hidden unlockable, similar moveset to Michelle Chang)
- Mokujin (hidden unlockable, changes his fighting style to a random character's moveset every round)
- Panda (hidden unlockable, same moveset as Kuma)
- Tiger Jackson (hidden, must be unlocked in the console version, same moveset as Eddie)
- Ogre (final boss, hidden unlockable, has two different forms)
Set fifteen years after the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2, the story starts with Jun Kazama, who has been living a quiet life in Yakushima with her young son, Jin, who is the son of Kazuya Mishima. Heihachi Mishima, meanwhile, has established the Tekken Force, an organization dedicated to the protection of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Using the company's influence, Heihachi is responsible for many events that have ultimately led to world peace. However, while on an excavation in Mexico, a squadron of Heihachi's Tekken Force is attacked and vanquished by a mysterious being. The only surviving soldier manages to relay a brief message to Heihachi, describing the perpetrator as an "Ogre" or a "Fighting God".
Heihachi and a team of soldiers investigate, with Heihachi managing to catch a glimpse of the culprit. After seeing the Ogre character, Heihachi's long dormant dream of world domination is reawakened. He seeks to capture Ogre to use him for this goal. Soon after, various martial arts masters begin disappearing from all over the world, and Heihachi is convinced that this is Ogre's doing. In Yakushima, Jun starts to feel the presence of Ogre approaching her and Jin. Knowing that she has become a target, Jun tells Jin about Ogre, and instructs him to go straight to Heihachi should anything happen. Sometime after Jin's fifteenth birthday, Ogre does indeed attack. Against Jun's wishes, Jin valiantly tries to fight Ogre off, but Ogre brushes him aside and knocks him unconscious.
When Jin reawakens, he finds that the house has been burned to the ground, and that his mother is missing and most likely dead. Driven by revenge, Jin goes to Heihachi and tells him everything. Jin begs Heihachi to train him to become strong enough to face Ogre again. Heihachi accepts. Four years later, Jin grows into an impressive fighter and master of Mishima Style Karate. On Jin's nineteenth birthday, the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3 is announced, and Jin prepares for his upcoming battle against Ogre. He is unaware, however, that Heihachi is merely using him and the rest of the competitors as bait to lure Ogre out in order to capture him.
Eventually, the tournament leads to the final confrontation between Jin and Ogre. After being beaten in the first round, Ogre turns into a much more powerful "true" from, known to players as True Ogre. The battle rages for hours, until Jin finally emerges the victor and Ogre completely dissolves. Moments later, Jin is gunned down by a squadron of the Tekken Force led by Heihachi, who, no longer needing Jin, finishes the job personally by firing a final shot into his grandson's head. However, Jin, revived by the Devil Gene within him (which he inherited from Kazuya), reawakens and makes quick work of the soldiers, turning his attention to Heihachi and literally smashing him through the wall of the temple. Heihachi survives the long fall, but Jin, in mid-air, sprouts black, feathery wings and strikes Heihachi one last time. He then flies off into the night, leaving his bewildered grandfather staring after him.
- Tiger Dojo Tokyo
- Taekwondo Dojo
- Martial Arts Dojo
- Grassy Land
- Laboratory Courtyard
- Hong Kong Street
- Mexican Temple
- Junky Mansion
- Beach Island
The official Tekken 3 soundtrack list:
- Track 1 Attract Movie 0:23
- Track 2 Attract EMBU 1:02
- Track 3 Character Select 0:47
- Track 4 Paul Phoenix 3:45
- Track 5 Forest Law 3:48
- Track 6 Lei Wulong 3:45
- Track 7 King 2:43
- Track 8 Yoshimitsu 4:04
- Track 9 Nina Williams 3:33
- Track 10 Hwoarang 3:10
- Track 11 Ling Xiaoyu 3:41
- Track 12 Eddy Gordo 3:27
- Track 13 Jin Kazama 4:02
- Track 14 Hidden Characters 3:19
- Track 15 Heihachi Mishima 3:39
- Track 16 Ogre 3:23
- Track 17 Continue? 0:36
- Track 18 Game Over 0:06
- Track 19 Staff Roll 1:16
- The home version of Tekken 3 is one of only a few PlayStation titles that natively run in an interlaced "480i" high-resolution video mode.