No More Heroes heads to smartphones

Marvelous AQL confirms Android and iOS port of Suda 51 action game alongside Keiji Inafune's JJ Rockets and Yuji Naka's social RPG Buddy Monster.

Marvelous AQL, formerly Marvelous Entertainment, recently held a press conference about its merger with AQ Interactive and Liveware. According to news sites GPara.com and Andriasang, the company announced four smartphone titles in the works by renowned producers in the video game industry.

Travis will touch down on iPhones in the near future.

Grasshopper Manufacture founder Goichi "Suda 51" Suda announced that his company is working on a mobile version of No More Heroes. He described the game as a "social assassin battle" with reworked controls implementing the touch screen, as well as new cooperative and competitive modes, weapons, and characters. The game will run on iOS and Android platforms.

Intercept and Comcept founder Keiji Inafune, formerly a renowned Capcom producer, said during the press conference that his company will be developing a new game called JJ Rockets for the Android and iOS. The action game pits players as a retro-styled robot piloted by the American president to save the world from falling meteorites.

Another former Capcom producer, Noritaka Futamizu, said that his company, Craft & Meister, will be developing a game called Combo Kimaru. The iOS and Android-tailored title is a fighting game with a huge focus on combo strings and tempo. Players will be using the touch screen to initiate combos and moves on the fly.

Yuji Naka, former head of Sega's Sonic Team, said that his studio Prope is working on a new social role-playing game called Buddy Monster. Players control an avatar that rides atop a monster to hunt down prey in large game areas. The game will feature monster-hunting and monster-growth mechanics not unlike Nintendo's Pokemon series.

Marvelous AQL has neither revealed the release dates of these titles nor shared light about its releases outside of Japan.

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25 comments
rushiosan
rushiosan

Why I don't put faith on this?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

NMH could totally work well on smartphones. Motion controls aren't much different that gestures on a touch screen. The movement can be controlled well with a properly implemented virtual left-stick (see Dead Space on iOS). I really enjoyed NMH1 on Wii, but I'm more excited to see it come to smartphones. I don't play many games on my phone, but this is one I could see myself putting time into. I'm curious if those of you complaining about the quality of smartphone games have had much experience with some of the higher-cost / higher-quality games available to iOS and Android users.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

This sounds so weird to me that I'm already curious.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

How would this work on a phone?!? The game works best with motion controls (only game I know to do it properly and not be a lame minigame compilation). But a phone?!? Seriously?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Have any of these companies heard of the phrase "trying too hard"? Some games just weren't made for phones, just like some games aren't made for consoles.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Chances are it wont get released outside of Japan, I have yet to see an actual good game get released on a smart phone, unless you count angry birds. lol

iamnessie
iamnessie

i have an Android and always wanted to own this game, but what's the point when it's already on 3 home consoles? The multiplayer aspect is pretty cool, but why not release it on actual consoles and make triple the profit or more?

deathstream
deathstream

@GamerYnoX The Vita and the Wii U are going to have touch screens, too. So the fingerprint argument is weak.

Warpainting
Warpainting

I would like to see the facebook social game, Karma Kingdom come to smartphones soon!

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

@OverlordEX No, everyone's just overreacting. It isn't going to ruin the original versions anyhow.

OverlordEX
OverlordEX

Am I the only person who's excited about this? 0_o

Raxyman
Raxyman

Crap, nice way to ruin a good game...

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@FusionRain Not going to lie, I think a 3DS version sounds much better than an iOS/Android version.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

Not interested in smartphone gaming. It's like playing by leaving your prints all over the screen, bad controls and paying attention not to deplete your battery because you could actually have the need to make/recieve phone calls. Doesn't work for me.

suprsolider
suprsolider

smart phones suck at gaming and so do touch screens.

FusionRain
FusionRain

I don't like mobile(Phones) games that much... How bout a portable version?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So that is impressive to port over the Wii game to smart phones. Without motion controls, this should increase the profile of the game and creators.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Hmm...interesting decision, Sud--oh who am I kidding! It's Suda51! He can do as he damn well pleases!

glennvolio
glennvolio

I took a quick look at the title of this article, and wondered why AOL was releasing games that they don't have ownership of.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

The wii versions of this series is the best. Screw the playstation move for no more heroes paradise. You don't even move the silly thing, you press a button.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

If I were to get a game for that series (which I do want to pick up at some point), it would be for the Wii.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I'd rather see No More Heroes come to the 3DS or Vita. I just can't justify buying a Wii.