Interviews// Goichi Suda A.K.A. SUDA51 - No More Heroes

Posted 21 Sep 2007 17:38 by
I’ll be honest. I’m sitting right smack in the middle of the Tokyo Game Show and, despite all of the games on display, there are two Wii games that stand out for me. One is NiGHTS because you know, SEGA fanboy o’er here. But the very first thing on my mind was Grasshopper Manufacture’s No More Heroes, a game that will finally give the waggle-tastic Nintendo console the thing it’s looking for – a game.

Sure we have Nintendo’s own Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3 to look forward to (not to mention Smash Bros.). So, it's just as well then, that No More Heroes looks (and plays – tee hee) like an absolute corker of a game – and from the same creative geniuses behind Killer 7 too. How much more cult could you get?

I managed to wrestle a bull, fight three monkeys and race an otter to be able to speak to the game designer of No More Heroes, Goichi Suda – better known as SUDA51. It was totally worth it. Read on…


SPOnG: Suda-san, thank you very much for joining me this morning. First of all could I just get a quick introduction on your career? What got you into video games and what was your first project?

SUDA51: Hi, I’m the director of No More Heroes, I’m basically in control of the scenarios and the game design – I’m also the CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, which was established in 1998. Before that I’ve been working on titles for specifically the Japanese market, but since working on Killer 7 I’ve wanted to make more action titles, which is how I came up with No More Heroes. People often say that the work I’m doing now appeals more to the European and US market than the Japanese market – so that’s why at TGS I’m doing interviews with mostly Western press! There isn’t that much interest from Japanese press [laughs].


SPOnG: Was there any particular video game or point in time that made you want to chase a career in games development?

SUDA51: Ahhhhhh… [pauses for thought]. I started in the industry by making Pro Wrestling video games. There’s a classic Japanese series called Fire Pro Wrestling, which was developed by Human back then. In 1994 I worked on the third instalment of the series, which I enjoyed because I’m a big fan of Pro Wrestling! Working on that title was the reason why I wanted to join the video games industry.
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The Absinthe Review Network 24 Oct 2007 21:31
1/4
This is BYFAR my #1 most-anticipated game, even more than Nights, surprisingly. I think I've played through Killer 7 about three times now, and I'm not the one to replay titles I've completed...

...also the last NMH trailer made me slam my head into the wall knowing it won't be out until next year. This game is my Halo 3-equivalent!
Joneser 12 Feb 2008 19:23
2/4
NiGHTS? Give me a break - who cares. It's clearly broken and everyone knows it already.

This. on the other hand, looks like the greatest game ever! I do like to get over-excited, but come on. There's a massive amount of artsy creepy killing. Which is how all games that aren't about driving cars should be!
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The Absinthe Review Network 12 Feb 2008 19:40
3/4
Look at the DATE of my post, you idiot. I said that FAR before any reviews were published...
Joji 11 Mar 2008 10:24
4/4
Good interview Spong. Suda is becoming a bit of a star, like Itagaki for us. Its nice to have more creative types represent their cool games.

I hope No More Heroes does well for him and Grasshopper, despite the japanese apathy to it. Like Killer 7, this is game worth owning.

If only other developers could have this much vision when approaching Wii development.
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