What do the WGA strike and SUDA-51 have in common?
They’re both responsible for No More Heroes.
The latter, however, has returned to work sooner than the former. SUDA-51 (aka Goichi Suda) revealed to GameSpot that he’s awaiting word to find out if he’ll be able to make a sequel to the anticipated Wii title, which releases January 22nd in the US and February 29th across the pond.
“I think No More Heroes is a great game, there’s no other action game like it for the Wii. If it was a band, it would be really energetic, like the Arctic Monkeys.”
Suda is also working on porting two of his previous efforts, Silver Case and Flower, Sun and Rain, to the DS in Japan, and is also working with Konami on a “top secret” Xbox 360 project, purportedly based on the Snatcher franchise by Hideo Kojima.
In Japan and Europe, the level of bloodshed within No More Heroes is significantly less than that of the US version. When questioned as to why this was the case, Suda replied: “In the European and Japanese versions, there’s more of an action style to the game. For instance, when you kill characters in this version of the game, the coins come out straight away… And the American market has more of a predilection to a more violent version. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand–neither version is better. I love both versions.”
At last year’s Game Developers Conference, Suda gave a talk in which he praised the “punk” style of gaming, citing a distaste of creating games in the same style as others. His other noteworthy releases include Contact for the Nintendo DS and Capcom’s Killer 7.