No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle - Wii

Game Description: In this follow-up to Suda 51's critically acclaimed Wii title, punk-styled assassin Travis Touchdown must once again climb the ranks of the United Assassins Association by eliminating an unending series of deadly foes. Dealing death is twice as vicious this time around as players are able to duel-wield swords and take on multiple enemies in bigger and bloodier showdowns.
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No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Hands-On Preview

No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Hands-On Preview

By Billy Berghammer - Posted Sep 04, 2009

Travis Touchdown is returning to the Wii in January, and today I got my first playthrough of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. From what I got to see today, it’s looking like Suda 51 and Grasshopper have listened to the fans from the first game, and are focusing on what made the first game so fun – combat, action, and a hilariously over-the-top story line.

Desperate Struggle takes place three years after the events of the first game. And although Travis was ranked on top of the assassins' list the last time we saw him, due to some serious events (ones in which Ubisoft isn’t talking about) he’s bumped down to Rank 51 (pun intended) and is now not only back on the path to reaching the top, but he’s out for revenge. And knowing Travis, he’s going to lay a path of destruction on his way back up the ladder.

The combat formula is quite similar to the original, and Travis still uses his trusty beam katanas to slice and dice his opponents into bloody messes – with a few f-bombs and other colorful taunts along the way. Just like the first game, after knocking an enemy's health down far enough, players can pull off a context-sensitive finishing move by jerking the Wiimote and nunchuck in certain directions. These enter into even more over-the-top wrestling finishers that completely annihilate adversaries. However, Travis has a new trick up his sleeve, and can dual wield katanas for even more damage. By pressing the 1 button on the Wiimote, you can toggle between using one or two katanas. However, unless you’re a purist, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t always want to dual wield, and secondly, it’s awkward to completely shift your hand to press the 1 button while you’re playing.

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One major gripe with the first game was the open-world motorcycle events that took you from point A to point B. The producer told me that while they might not completely be out of the game, the team at Grasshopper have minimized them enough to keep the action flowing. Phew!

Another fan favorite from the original will be the money earning minigames, and this time Grasshopper decided to make them all classic 8-bit games. Unfortunately they’re keeping quiet on what these games will be. Hopefully more will be revealed at next month’s Tokyo Game Show.

All-in-all, Desperate Struggle is shaping up to be a nice sequel. With Travis starting at the lowly 51th level, Grasshopper promises more boss battles and enemies to destroy. If they can keep the boring open world mess from the first title to a minimum and keep Travis kicking ass – Desperate Struggle will be a must play. And fortunately, there’s not a long wait since Ubisoft divulged today that No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle will be hitting the Wii in January 2010. We’ll have much more on No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle in our video interview landing on G4tv.com next week.


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  • SSGSTrunks

    January, eh? Glad its almost here.

    Smash Bros.? Hech no. Soul Calibure or Mercenaries

    Posted: September 8, 2009 12:30 PM
  • ThatsBitch3n

    The first one looked good, didn't go out of my way to play it. Don't think I'll pick this up either. Guess the first time I'll ever play as Travis is In Smash Bros. 4

    Posted: September 7, 2009 7:56 PM
  • Mastervan_dan

    DBZforever your a douche.

    Posted: September 7, 2009 2:39 PM
  • DBZforever

    Hmp it was fun but really Travis is a total douche

    Posted: September 7, 2009 12:31 PM
  • Blue_Vortex

    I hope this means we have 51 bosses in the game, the last game was extremely short so I hope this game is longer.
    And I was disappointed when I learned I wasn't going to fight Helter Skelter, or Letz Shake

    Posted: September 6, 2009 5:18 PM
  • gumwrapper

    The first game was brilliant, and this looks even better, I'm so happy they are continuing this series for the wii. And not barbie princess 3, or something boring like that. :D

    Posted: September 6, 2009 5:13 PM
  • Syaieya

    Bought the first game brand new on the first day it was out. I fell in love with it. The gameplay was a bit twitchy and some of the side things were odd.

    But the game had a great attitude and working up and destroying the bosses gave a great feeling of accomplishment.

    Its not for everyone i'll admit, but it was my favorite game of 08

    Posted: September 5, 2009 10:51 AM
  • XXXSpartan118XXX

    XXXSpartan118XXX's comment is abusive and has been removed.

    Posted: September 5, 2009 9:07 AM
  • buiman11

    Well, I'm definately excited for this game. No More Heroes is one of those wii games that I've actually liked, The only M game that jumped out to my liking that I've tried so far. And all the little things in there like the mini games, except the ones where you can't take a hit. This game sounds like a must have for people who played the original.

    Posted: September 5, 2009 7:05 AM
  • angryman038

    I agree with hogposh. I was lent this game expecting the world after all the hype and praise and it was just alright. I just hate the whole waggle thing it grew real old real fast.

    Posted: September 5, 2009 6:42 AM
  • daioushin

    1st one was great, still working my way to #1 though...the money earning is boringggg.

    Posted: September 4, 2009 10:44 PM
  • hogposh

    Got the original game after reading so many good reviews and played it for about an hour but got tired of swinging my arms around. I gave the game away soon afterwards. Don't think I'll be trying this new game though, especially, when I'll be giving away my Wii to a friend and his family next week. Spent a lot of money on the Wii with 4 controllers + nunchucks and a few games. Only used it a dozen times. Au revoir my Wii.

    Posted: September 4, 2009 10:33 PM
  • mangafreak6390

    Kick ass, now the only thing I need to do is beat the first game, you're going down #1 and #2... Eventually.

    Posted: September 4, 2009 10:12 PM