An unlikely hero returns on Nintendo Switch with Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Ten years removed from the original release of No More Heroes for Nintendo Wii, famed original director Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) has made his long-awaited return to spearhead the series’ latest iteration. The game, set to release in 2018 for Nintendo Switch, takes the form of a sequel/spin-off, continuing the tale of sabre-swinging protagonist Travis Touchdown amid a retro-inspired narrative. Doing battle with the revenge-seeking assassin ‘Badman’, Travis sees himself transported into the phantom video game console ‘Death Drive MK-II’ to navigate a series of six games.
Previously, the No More Heroes series has been known for its unique brand of hack ‘n’ slash combat combined with gore-filled visuals, as well as featuring an outlandish style of storytelling centred around Travis’ goal of becoming the top-ranked assassin in the world. By shaking up the narrative formula, Travis Strikes Back distinguishes itself as a standalone title, despite its plot continuing to interconnect with previous entries in the series.
As for how it’ll play, we’re still not completely sure what to expect. Recent footage hints at a potential Hotline Miami crossover, but Suda51 has since suggested any partnerships with existing titles will remain purely cosmetic. Long-time fans of the series needn’t worry, then – Travis Strikes Again has been described as a “raucous 3D action title” by developer Grasshopper Manufacture, continuing to incorporate “ferocious bosses” and plenty of katana-wielding mayhem.
“We’re ecstatic to be expanding the No More Heroes universe in 2018, and we can’t wait to share more information with you in the coming months,” says Suda51. “We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from our fans over the years, and we are delighted to finally share Travis Touchdown’s next great adventure with fans of Nintendo Switch.”
Undoubtedly, Nintendo’s new console holds a great deal of potential for the series. No More Heroes’ first two outings were praised for their ability to channel Wii’s motion controls in combat, while a PS3 port of the first title also incorporated PlayStation Move support back in 2011. Travis Strikes Back is being developed with Unreal Engine 4, but it remains to be seen how it will utilise Nintendo’s versatile new system.
The success of the title will likely have major
“With Suda back in the No More Heroes director’s chair, the series’ future looks bright”
implications for the future of the series. Suda51 has repeatedly indicated that he’d be interested in developing a hypothetical ‘No More Heroes 3’ sequel sooner or later, while his long-held desire to see Travis Touchdown inserted into the Super Smash Bros series seems a more promising possibility than ever.
In the interim though, fans of the series have plenty to be excited about. With Suda back in the No More Heroes director’s chair for the first time in a decade, the series’ future looks bright, and Travis Touchdown’s adventures have taken an intriguing turn. Travis Strikes Back’s release could still be some way off, but we’re hopeful it will be worth the wait.
Travis continues to wield his beam katana, while the masked Badman fights with a simple baseball bat.