Suda51’s legendary otaku-assassin is gearing up for a huge comeback on Nintendo’s new console.
Friday’s Nintendo Switch presentation gave the world the first details and launch lineup surrounding the new console. A home system/portable handheld hybrid, the Switch features a controller that can be disassembled into two smaller “Joy-Con” controllers for use as two-handed motion-control devices or individual SNES-style controllers for two players. Fans can expect to see the likes of the brand new Super Mario Odyssey and the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this year, however Nintendo’s presentation was home to many other surprises, such as the reveal of Fire Emblem Warriors, the working titled “Octopath Traveler”, ARMS and a new Shin Megami Tensei.
During the second half of the Nintendo Switch presentation, Nintendo introduced representatives from 3rd-party developers working on titles for the upcoming system, including Sega’s Corporate Director and CCO Toshihiro Nagoshi and Bethesda’s Executive Producer and Game Director Todd Howard. A surprise to many, an excited “Suda51” Goichi Suda of Grasshopper Manufacture appeared on-stage as the third 3rd-party. The Grasshopper CEO went on to praise the Nintendo Switch for being such a developer-friendly console to independent studios, and give a tease at the return of Travis Touchdown, a character from the once Wii-exclusive No More Heroes saga. The official title has not been decided upon within Grasshopper Manufacture, but Suda51 confirmed Travis’s return with new concept art depicting Travis Touchdown wearing a “Travis strikes again” shirt. Suda51 himself was also wearing a shirt with the Santa Destroy city emblem, which has since been uploaded as concept art:
The game in question will feature a blend of pro-wrestling, death-matches, “strong styling”, and “Travis running around in a game for Nintendo Switch”.
The No More Heroes games were originally produced by Grasshopper Manufacture, Marvelous Entertainment and Ubisoft for the Wii; the first game received an HD overhaul for the PS3 as No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. Players assumed the role of Travis Touchdown, an offbeat otaku-turned-assassin who must battle his way through the United Assassins Association rankings. After his departure from the rankings, Travis is led back into the assassin underground tournament upon learning of his friend’s gruesome death. Both games utilized the Wii’s Wiimote and Nunchuk motion-controls to let players perform high and low sword strikes and a wide array of wrestling moves on enemies.
The Nintendo Switch will release on 3/3 for $299.99.