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A 3-D one-on-one fighting game. Choose from 18 fighters and try to become "The King of Iron Fist 3".

Tekken 3 was produced by Namco in 1997.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Tekken 3 was produced include: Bongo Monkey, Prime Goal EX, Kosodate Quiz My Angel, Dancing Eyes, Super World Stadium '96, Alpine Racer 2, Armadillo Racing, Downhill Bikers, Final Furlong, and Libero Grande


Name Tekken 3
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1997
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10061
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 4 - Left Punch|Right Punch|Left Kick|Right Kick
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Tekken 3 Control Panel Image
PCB Tekken 3 PCB Image

Game Introduction

19 years have passed since Heihachi Mishima killed Kazuya Mishima and took back control of the Mishima Zaibatsu at "The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2". A mysterius being called Ogre has been attacking various fighters from around the world. In order to lure Ogre into the open and capture him Heihachi annouces "The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3". Players choose from one of 18 fighters and attempt to win the tournament and defeat Ogre. After defeating seven other fighters you move on to face Heihachi at the 8th stage, then Ogre himself on the final stage. All of the characters have a reason for entering. Some, like Hwoarang and Jin, want revenge against Ogre. Others, like Forest Law and Paul enter for glory.

Game Play

A basic 3-D fighting game. Players use standard moves such as throws and special kicks to deplete their opponent's life bar. Experienced players can use techniques such as juggle combos.

Tekken 3 KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.25 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 5.00

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 2.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This is the first Tekken game to feature 3-D backgrounds.

Some of the characters (Law, Julia, Kuma, Jin) are actually the offspring of characters from Tekken and Tekken 2.

Cabinet Information

The side art features Eddy Gordo and Hwoarang.


This game can be converted into other Namco's System 12 games like Soul Calibur.


Only ten characters are available when a machine is turned on for the first time. After a certain period of time more characters will be unlocked until all 18 are playable.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tekken 3 Census

There are 14,823 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 191 known instances of this machine owned by Tekken 3 collectors who are active members. Of these, 35 of them are original dedicated machines. 31 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 125 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 10 active VAPS members with a Tekken 3 machines for sale. There are 9 active VAPS members with a Tekken 3 circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Tekken 3.

This game ranks a 38 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



This was the first game to use Namco's System 12 board. The PCB does not have any DIP switches. Instead, a game configuration screen appears after pressing the Test button on the board set.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright (Showcase)

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Tekken 3 Arcade-Heavy duty-Commercial Grade-Coin Op with Free play Option

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 6 100.63 129.38
2016 2 100.63 100.63
2017 1 86.25 86.25
2018 2 236.00 236.00
All Years 11 115.00 139.61


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