Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was released here in Singapore yesterday. Since then, we’ve heard that quite a few gamers were frustrated that the alphanumeric codes included in their copies of the game – which were necessary for online play and to download the pre-ordered bonuses – did not work.

“Who do I complain to?” One of my personal friends wrote on Facebook, before signing off with a long trail of symbols indicating his exasperation. I can understand how frustrating that must be, since there’s really no way to find out if this was an isolated case (i.e. only the codes included in your copy did not work), or if everyone faced the same issue.

As it turns out, this was an issue that affected all Tekken Tag Tournament 2 console players in Asia: the codes didn’t work, simply because they’re not ready to be redeemed yet.

Not till September 13 for Asia, and September 14 for Europe, according to Tekken oyabun Katsuhiro Harada:

Harada didn’t go into detail as to why the codes that come with our copies here in Singapore will only be useable tomorrow, even though the game was released September 11, but I’m guessing part of it has to do with the fact that Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s Japan release date: September 13.

So think of it this way: Asia (Japan, Singapore, etc) was supposed to receive Tekken Tag  Tournament 2 on September 13. But since the North American release date is September 11, Namco Bandai Partners here in Singapore decided to distribute the game earlier, so that there’s lesser confusion on when the heck we’d received the game in our neck of the woods. And so that we could practice offline two days in advance of our Japanese counterparts (games are almost always released on Thursdays in Japan).

Just one more day till we can officially play Tekken Tag Tournament 2 online.

In the meantime, if you want to get in some practice bouts before jumping on online ranked matches tomorrow, head on down to Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe later today, our favourite place to play fighting games at here in Singapore. Tough Cookie has more than enough joysticks to go around, and a couple copies of TTT2 for customers to play with, so you won’t need to bring anything down (although if you could bring your own copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, that might be a good idea in case too many people show up to play).

Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe is located within Parklane Shopping Mall, level 2 (35 Selegie Road #02-25B, Singapore 188307). Its opening hours are from 3PM to 3AM Mondays to Thursdays and 11am to 3am on weekends.

Rates are as follows (with effect from August 1, 2012):

$3 per person per hour (you’re not tied to a single console, so feel free to mingle)
$12 whole day

$2 per person per hour
$12 whole day

For more information on Tough Cookie, visit their Facebook page.



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