You want Kiryu in Tekken. I want Kiryu in Tekken. We all want Kiryu in Tekken. Apparently the board members of Bandai Namco aren't too keen on putting Yakuza protagonist Kiryu Kazuma in their fighting game series.
Turns out Tekken lead Katsuhiro Harada actually went to the board members of Bandai Namco to get their thoughts on putting Kiryu Kazuma in Tekken. As Harada's tweet below says, the board members thought Harada himself would be a more natural fit for the Yakuza games instead.
I approached the board members of my company as you keep saying "Kiryu for TEKKEN" for too long.— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) February 6, 2020
A comment from a board member was
"I think it's more natural for Harada to appear in Yakuza games."
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I... can't really argue with their logic there. Harada definitely looks like the type of guy that could be a Yakuza Patriarch, so much so that his current Twitter avatar is a picture of a Yakuza character who bears a striking resemblance to him.
On the other hand, Kiryu Kazuma would be a pretty perfect fit for Tekken. With seven games worth of pummeling people under his belt (no, we're not counting Ishin), Kiryu seems like he'd be a perfect fit for a fighting game series where two people punch each other repeatedly until one of them falls over.
The actual Galaxy Brain take is that Kiryu Kazuma would be perfect in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Imagine summoning Goro Majima as an Assist Trophy, or Kiryu's Final Smash attack where he beats someone (Ness) senseless with a motorbike. Video game perfection.
Maybe Kiryu would shake things up in the current Tekken tier list of superiority. New DLC fighter Leroy was added to the game last month, and he's already dominating tournament scenes.