Grasshopper Manufacture's cult classic lightsaber dueling punk fever dream No More Heroes is getting a spin-off on Switch. It's called Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.
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Shadows of the Damned, Killer7 and No More Heroes developer Grasshopper Manufacturer has suffered lower-than-hoped sales for its games due to the way publishers treat its games, boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda has claimed.
Grasshopper has worked with some of the biggest publishers in the industry - EA, Capcom, Warner Bros and Microsoft - but the size difference between them and Grasshopper was sometimes a problem, Suda told GamesIndustry International.
"Grasshopper does have a very strong base; it's just that because we were so indie, publishers were always [treating us] differently," Suda said.
Ragnarok Online publisher Gungho Online Entertainment has acquired No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw developer Grasshopper Manufacturer.
Things are changing at Grasshopper Manufacture. Two years ago it was a modest one-project-at-a-time Japanese studio, with only a sequel to boisterous Wii actioner No More Heroes sitting in its out-tray. Fast forward to 2011 and Eurogamer is sat in an exclusive bar in central Tokyo as famously flamboyant CEO Suda51 shows off not one, not two but nine new projects - all untested IP - currently at various stages of completion.
Move compatible Wii upgrade shown off.
Eccentric auteur Suda51 is bringing his demented No More Heroes series to mobile platforms as a social game.
Goichi "Suda51" Suda has given a strong indication that No More Heroes 3 will be a Wii U game.
Epic crime caper L.A. Noire has locked up the top spot in the UK charts. It is the fastest-selling new video game IP ever in the UK.
At the halfway point of No More Heroes, a boss pontificates to Travis Touchdown on the nature of being an assassin. "Seeking meaning in everything is a bad habit," Travis deadpans, before suplexing the peg-legged mentalist into submission and dumping her body in a sandhole.
Holly Summers is one of many bosses in No More Heroes, which is more or less a game about boss fights. A gaggle of semi-psychotic originals and archetypes - each introduced painstakingly, dispatched quickly, and dying slowly - they're the constant in a bizarre world as puerile as it is profound, as mundane as it is thrilling.
It's also an old Wii game, and here things get a little confusing. No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is an HD port originally released for 360 and PS3 over a year ago in Japan. However, this version of Heroes' Paradise also includes Move support and a bevvy of extras that range from welcome to queasily sexual. It's also the first European release of the game with all of the gore intact - the Wii release replaced blood with black pixels, an effect that worked pretty well, if you ask us.
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Suda51 title gets PS3 port, Move controls.
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Goichi Suda has produced an amazingly eclectic body of work in his time. It includes a survival horror / erotic photography mashup, three games about lightsaber-wielding serial killers and an adventure title about a guy with a suitcase named Catherine. And yet he's still perhaps most famous for conducting interviews while on the bog.
Wii port arrives Q2 2011 with Move support.
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise – an HD revamp of Suda51's Wii action adventure – will hit US stores in 2011 with Move compatibility and new content.
EA has promised gamers No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda has been granted the freedom to make his upcoming untitled horror game as mental as he wants.
Travis touches down in HD.
The irrepressible Suda51 and his Grasshopper studio will co-develop a new PSN and XBLA game called Sine Mora. Their partner is veteran Hungarian developer Digital Reality.
Japan hasn't gone wild for Grasshopper's PS3 and Xbox 360 adaptations of No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise.
On the way to my interview with Suda 51, I go over what I know about him in my head. Firstly, he's the head of Grasshopper Studios, and the creator of Killer 7 and the No More Heroes series. He's in town to promote No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, which scored 8/10 in Eurogamer's review of the US import.
The ESRB has described in juicy detail the mature moments of No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise, the recently revealed PS3 and Xbox 360 enhancey-port.
The US voluntary ratings board has decided that a mature label is appropriate and has ticked the Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes and Strong Language boxes.
"The depictions of violence in the game are intense, yet somewhat exaggerated," begins the description.
Suda51's creation for Japan in January.
Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed that Wii game No More Heroes is heading PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in February.