GDC 07: No More Heroes First Look

We get a glimpse at the violent and twisted Wii debut from the makers of Killer7.

Goichi Suda is nothing if not a visionary. The creator behind the surreal and visceral Killer7 hosted a session at the 2007 Game Developers Conference entitled "Punk's Not Dead." At the end of his presentation, Suda introduced a new trailer for his next gaming experiment on a Nintendo console: No More Heroes for the Wii. The roughly minute-and-a-half-long trailer showcased more of the same striking art style and individualistic character design featured in Killer 7, while throwing in some new gameplay twists into the mix.

The trailer opens up with brief glimpses of three characters from the game: the hero (at least we think he's the hero), dashing in his yellow shooting glasses, spiky brown hair, and red leather jacket; a crazy-looking chick with a huge white afro and wielding a big sword; and an even crazier nutjob wearing a spandex superhero suit and blasting energy beams out of his crotch. Yeah, this is a Suda 51 game, alright.

While it isn't clear from the trailer if No More Heroes will use the same rail-movement system as was in Killer7, the trailer features several shots of hero running directly toward the camera, which may mean that, as in Killer7, you'll only be moving in one set direction in the game.

Our leather-adorned hero is equipped with a mean-looking energy sword which we saw him use in the trailer many times, taking down crowbar-wielding thugs, dicing it up with faceless assassins, and even slicing enemies down the middle vertically (accompanied by huge splatters of blood). Obviously with any sword-fighting game on the Wii, the first question is: How do the controls fit in? Though we don't have strict answers yet, some visual cues in the trailer hint at both Wii Remote and Nunchuk usage in the game, especially for special attacks and minigames. At one point during a fight on the beach, both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk icons appear onscreen, just before the hero executes a flawless suplex on an enemy.

A couple of onscreen gauges provide further hints into No More Heroes' gameplay. A heart icon in the upper left pumps, presumably pumping harder as the player moves and fights. A meter on the right-hand side of the screen features two sections, one for electricity (perhaps tied to the strength of your energy sword), and another that...well, we're not sure what it does, but at one point in the trailer, the hero is vigorously shaking his sword to fill the meter up. Your guess is as good as ours.

Other clues gleaned from the trailer include a badass-looking motorcycle--one part Vespa, one part Batmobile from Batman Begins--which you'll use to get around on; some nasty-looking one-on-one sword-fighting encounters with the frosty-haired chick; and a showdown with the crotch-firing superhero in what looks like a massive film lot, where the walls are completely covered in green screen. The combat also seems to use some timing-based mechanics, and even a slot machine minigame that looks to keep the sword-swinging and body chopping interesting.

From the trailer alone, No More Heroes looks to be following the tradition of Killer7's bloody action, stylistic presentation, and trippy visuals (which is a bit ironic, considering Suda made a point during his GDC session to say he's never experimented with drugs). If there's a slightly lighter tone to the action in the trailer, it's all within the context of Suda's compelling and slightly warped vision of what the future of video games will be. We'll be following the development of No More Heroes with great interest in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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darthturkey
darthturkey

All wii games are crap, except, mario galazy, zelda the twilight princess, metro prime 3, resident evil 4. This game has graphic which you expect from a ps2. out dated, and certainly not the type of graphic you expect from the wii.

darthturkey
darthturkey

Looks like a nother garbage wii game, its like crap, gee i hate those ugly killer7 graphics, why what do you expect for the wii.

hog63
hog63

Wow, sounds intense. Definately looking forward to this one!!!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Looks mad! Better get back onto Killer7

marioman50
marioman50

deathbycontrol though x-play is (and was) painful to watch...

DeathByControl
DeathByControl

its called a beam katana, not a energy sword. and the hero is interested in sword fighting and wrestling, its nothing like Killer7. u run around on ur own, cutting ppl and doing suplexes and arm breakers to them i heard all this on XPlay

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

WTF? never did drugs? HA, but it still looks like a good one; me likes cutting up people with da laser-swords

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Definitely one to watch. . . I need to give Killer 7 a whirl first, though.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

This game looks as if it will have good gameplay. But it seems really stupid at the same time. A lot of the characters just look retarded, Suda is so on drugs no matter what he claims.

wjc04c
wjc04c

first 3rd party wii game that gets me really interested. viva "punk rock" development!

Sheegot
Sheegot

they confirmed the controls are free long ago

RawkerForLife
RawkerForLife

Dude this game looks so fun I Can't wait ti'll it comes out. I hope it's amazing.

GC4ever
GC4ever

oooooohhhh can't wait i'm a suda freak i have both of his games (that i know of) Killer7 and Samurai Champloo and i can't get enough of them bring on No More Heros please have it come state side!!!!!!!!!

Dr_SoX
Dr_SoX

Yea Gamespot what gives...get with the program. You guys must not be hyped about this game at all. The way I look at it, this among other games like Manhunt 2 and Scarface(even though its a port) is finally gonna give Nintendo gamers some Mature content. My wii-motes gonna get bloody (^,...,^)

frankeyser
frankeyser

wonder why gamespot thinks this game will be on rails. suda has more than once said it would be more like a gta open sandbox game... guess that have not been paying attention.

jon2286
jon2286

Wow, the dubbing is so disgustingly terrible, even in comparison to a typical anime. The lines are also pretty poorly wriiten, like some 12 year old wrote it, trying to sound cool.

Modx22
Modx22

Mario killing peole this is crazy

rusty_13
rusty_13

yeahdogg do you think a game it's good only because it's rated M.. that's the most stupid thing i've read today

yeahdogg
yeahdogg

Hopefully THIS will be rated M for MATURE, otherwise it's really not worth playing...

cotton3434
cotton3434

Um...WiiNut6493, if you watched the videos, you'd know there's no way this won't be a M rated game. I'm only 15, but I get M rated games anyway... Like Resident Evil 4 and the Devil May Cry games (I would have Gears and Dead Rising, but I don't have an Xbox 360...which sucks)

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

This will be a must buy for adult Wii players!!

Saxmachine09
Saxmachine09

my, what terrible voice acting you have...

WiiNut6493
WiiNut6493

The game sound cool and hopefully it wont be rated mature so i can play it. havent watched video yet.

ChitoKiryoku
ChitoKiryoku

It's not my kind of game, but I can imagine the people who decide to get it will love it

Insanitymanitee
Insanitymanitee

I imagine this is going to be another one of those games that isn't well accepted by the public, but the folks that get it and know what they're expecting will love it to pieces.

shark1100
shark1100

gamespot has to get the facts right this is free roaming. suda said.... anyways this game looks great! i really can't wait for it!

zxcvmnb
zxcvmnb

I have a good feeling about this game. The art style will probably turn off a lot of people, but if the gameplay is sandbox, then the people will play it.

muhamaghat
muhamaghat

I can't wait for this game.. i might be anticipating this more then Zelda.. :D

JedimasterRocky
JedimasterRocky

I'm really really looking forward to this game it looks like it could be awesome and while at first I was kind of sceptical because I didn't know if it was gonna follow the footsteps of killer 7 in terms of the on rail system because It look perfect for free roaming ,I'm happy because like most of us already know Suda said it was free roaming :D

Ninjitsu_Gamer
Ninjitsu_Gamer

The interview wit Suda was IGN exclusive. I'm pretty sure the people that work this site spend most of their time on this site.

zetas14
zetas14

ummm... its free roam and the A button is used to attack, using the remote and nunchuck for specials and finishers... go to ign, they got a straight up interview with suda 51

cobrax80
cobrax80

I thought it was confirmed to be free roam? Anyway i'll be watching this game closely.

SolarisDeschain
SolarisDeschain

Yeah, I think Suda said it was free roam. The interview may even be on Gamespot. That would make the staff look a little inept, and I'm sure they know what they're doing for the most part, so I'd say it was just on IGN.

Mikeh_515
Mikeh_515

This game looks cool and i'll deffinantly be keeping an eye out for it. :P

proudeskimo
proudeskimo

Does the writer of this update know that NMH is free roaming? They still think it is on rails...

thewarpstar18
thewarpstar18

Though i never played killer7 i am looking forward to this game.

gleniscool
gleniscool

In an IGN interview Suda 51 said it was free-roaming sandbox type stuff like GTA or Crackdown, so.... there ya go. Though I wouldn't mind on-rails like Killer 7. That game was awesome.

Ballistic90
Ballistic90

I'd like to point out that Suda 51 has already done interviews about the game and explained a few things. First, it's NOT on rails. In fact, it's a lot like GTA. Second, the shaking is to fill the power for his light saber sword.

Blace_07
Blace_07

That guy is a crazy mofo.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

The Wii a kids console my fat touchie! The Godfather, No More Heroes and Manhunt 2? Hopefully this should satisfy the freaks that seem to think these games are adult games.

Sargus
Sargus

Yeah, the game is free roaming... I thought this was pretty obvious from the trailer, but maybe that's because I already knew that Suda 51 had said it's free roaming.