The No More Heroes series was originally developed with the Nintendo Wii in mind and immediately became one of the most controversial games in the system’s library. Created by Goichi Suda – commonly known as Suda 51 – the first No More Heroes was one of the few Wii exclusives to be described as his journey through the dog-eat-dog world to become a professional killer in North America. Received an M rating for
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While the original No More Heroes sold poorly in most markets, it became a cult classic and gradually became more popular as time went on. It would take about fifteen years for Suda51 and his team to finish the trilogy of games, while there would also be a few spin-offs between the main entries. At this point it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see a Travis touchdown return (in a video game anyway), so now seems like the perfect time to cut out every game in the series and see who can make their way to the top.
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5 No More Heroes: World Ranker
The market for mobile games took off in the early 2010s as titles such as Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans dominated a large portion of the world’s attention. Suda51 thought that adapting No More Heroes’ theme and gameplay to a mobile game would be a good idea with the intention of creating “the social game with the most blood”.
In the Japan Only spin-off, you’ll be able to create your own assassin and take on other players in online battles. You’d swipe your screen in one direction to deal damage or block an attack, but it was ultimately the shallow entertainment that made the series special. However, it’s nice to see the former assassins as mission bosses.
4 Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
The No More Heroes brand remained stable for almost a decade after the release of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. Suda 51 would spend most of this time working on games like Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer Is Dead, before returning to No More Heroes after seeing the Nintendo Switch’s potential.
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While Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a bold departure from the series’ usual tropes, it still encapsulates the humor and attitude shown in previous entries. After getting sucked into the magical game console, Travis Touchdown must navigate his way through a series of worlds inspired by indie games like Hotline Miami and Hyper Light Drifter.
3 No More Heroes III
For the longest time, it felt like we wouldn’t see the Travis touchdown re-emerge in the proper conclusion to the story that began in 2007. During an E3 presentation in 2019, No More Heroes III will finally be announced as the final chapter of the epic. One of the most ambitious and violent franchises to ever appear on Nintendo’s hardware.
No More Heroes III takes every element that made the series stand out in the first place and moves them further than ever. Boss fights range from adrenaline-filled confrontations to rounds of musical chairs, the soundtrack features some of the series’ great songs (specifically, the sushi shop theme), and there are enough twists and awkward moments to make your head spin. .
2 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Development on No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle began soon after the original game found a fair amount of success in Western markets. The purpose of the sequel was to force Travis out of retirement after a close friend of his had died. With revenge as his inspiration and a newfound ability to duel katanas, he is ready to once again claim the number one spot in the killing world.
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No More Heroes 2 has the best mini-games in the trilogy and arguably the best soundtrack too, but it doesn’t quite live up to the other expectations set by its predecessor. It is the only entry not directed by Suda51, and the writing and narration seem a bit off. The gameplay and bosses are mostly phenomenal, aside from a harrowing final clash against possibly the most frustrating boss in the entire series.
1 No More Heroes
It took some time for No More Heroes to stand out from the flood of games available for the Wii, but it was eventually recognized by word of mouth and its adventurous premise. After spending a night with the mysterious Sylvia Christel, Travis Touchdown is forced to become an assassin and accidentally finds himself on his way to becoming number one according to the United Assassins Association.
The rest is simple: Travis now has to fight against the top ten killers in Santa Destroy to claim the number one spot and all the rewards that come with it. While exploring the open world of Santa Destroy is by far the worst part of the game, everything else about No More Heroes still feels as fresh and iconic as it was when it was initially released. Memorable villains, stellar dialogue, and hilarious motion controls make for a thrilling, action-packed adventure that never misses a swing.
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