Playing online provides enough thrills and the layout of the 3DS control scheme helps to even matches against tougher opponents. Virtually lag-free, there was little to complain about when beating up friends from across the globe.
As mentioned before, unlocking “Tekken Cards” are the only real “achievements” or bonuses that drive you to keep playing. The 765 different cards are composed of character images, 3D stills and level art throughout the series’ history. The crux of the situation is that only the staunchest Tekken fan will care about the majority of these images. The rest will simply feel underwhelmed with the “rewards” that the game throws at you. For me, the real draw of the game wasn’t the game at all, but the full-length 3D movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance that comes as part of the package.
Tekken 3D Prime may very well be one of the greatest tech demos ever made, but nothing more. In fact, the whole time I played it, I couldn’t help but feel as if Namco Bandai took some of its greatest talent, threw them in a room and said "Make us a Tekken game — you have one month." There’s just too much left out to recommend this be a part of your library. This is a fighting game in the most literal sense, in that it offers fighting and little else. The Tekken series has always been one that takes place in the not-so-distant future. Unfortunately, Tekken 3D Prime is better left in the past.
Tekken 3D Prime is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence.