Leaked No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Details

By Spencer . November 29, 2009 . 1:39am

imageThe good old ESRB is at it again, this time spilling early information about No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle.


In the sequel, Travis (surprise!) makes mince meat out of rival assassins and can watch new episodes of Bizarre Jelly, the magical girl anime in the first game.


Read all of the spoilerific death scene and sexual innuendo details below.


Players assume the role of Travis, an anime-watching assassin who fights his way through the ranks to become the number-one assassin. Being an assassin means using a retractable katana blade (i.e., a laser sword); it means slicing, chopping, and dismembering human enemies to death in this highly-stylized (somewhat "cartoony"), cell-shaded action game. The depictions of violence in the game are intense, yet somewhat exaggerated: men in black suits are sliced in-half as blood and money flow from their bodies; an assassin with a boombox does not recover after his lower torso has been chopped off—after blood shoots from his empty waist like a geyser; and two women (clad in bikinis) get suspended in mid-air, get caught between the flashing lights, lasers, and frenetic sword swipes of an assassins’ duel—the women’s heads slide across the floor once the men stop fighting. Cutscenes depict more dismemberment: assassins slicing each other into several pieces in slow-motion, enemies pulling their own heads off, characters displaying trophy-heads on silver platters. These over-the-top depictions of violence account for the Mature rating; they also account for the Intense Violence and Blood and Gore descriptors. The language is strong, too, as characters sometimes use the phrases "f**king a*shole," "f**khead," and "You gotta be sh**tin’ me!"


The game contains sexual overtones and partial nudity. Players can watch portions of an anime show called Bizarre Jelly; the opening credits depict a female character whose clothes suddenly disappear, revealing her bare buttocks (one-to-two seconds). Game dialogue contains sexual references, including the phrases "dirty nympho," "the one that’s throbbing," and "I feel like that pervy teacher in a porn." Female assassins are depicted in low-cut tops, thongs, short schoolgirl uniforms, and fishnet bondage-style outfits; breasts and buttocks jiggle, and the camera often lingers (there is no equivalent physics applied to male body parts). A couple of cutscenes contain strong sexual innuendo: when characters enter a store, a surprised clerk struggles with his belt buckle and zips up his pants (e.g., "I was just. Uh, doing inventory."); a woman moves a katana blade in front of a man’s groin, kneels down, and kisses it (the blade), causing the retractable laser to extend. The battery meter for Travis’s sword is always represented by a cartoon-like penis icon in the upper-right corner of the screen: as battery power runs out, the icon starts to shrink—a sad face appears.

  • Travis’s sword is always represented by a cartoon-like penis icon in the upper-right corner of the screen: as battery power runs out, the icon starts to shrink—a sad face appears.


  • Aoshi00

    I hope they would announce a US release date soon and whether it would support dual track before the Jpn ver comes out in Feb. It’s only $60 on P-A now.

    • puchinri

      Isn’t it in January? (The 26th to be exact.)
      And do you mean Heroes Paradise? Because I can’t remember DS being dual track in JPN, even if announced for JPN.

      But right now, it seems Jan. 26/27 is the release date. And that’s the preorder shipping for gamestop too.

      • Aoshi00

        I meant the HD port Heroes’ Paradise out out Feb 25 in Jpn, which should have dual track.

  • More penis references are always welcome in NMH.

  • malek86

    I wonder how high the budget for this game is. I think they are spending much more money than on NMH1. Also, a lot of advertising…Looks like Marvelous is really putting a lot of weight on this game.

    • Pichi

      I really feel like Marvelous should have waited to announce that “Paradise” title after the sequel was release. I can some people holding out getting the sequel in a chance that it would come to HD systems.

      • Aoshi00

        I will actually wait for the HD port for the 2nd game. I thought of doing the same thing for Muramasa, but it’s around $30 now so…

      • malek86

        I think the chances of a port are actually quite high, considering that they already said the Wii game will support CC…

        However, if Paradise bombs, it might be scrapped.

  • ForeverFidelis


    Sounds like the perfect game…

  • Kris

    This is awesome info, but no too spoiler-y, IMO.
    It’s pretty much stuff that’s been seen in trailers and stuff from the PAX demo.

  • urbanscholar

    “I feel like that pervy teacher in a porn.”

    Well at least I know there’s one line of dialogue to look forward with Travis and that young lady.

  • this is going to be the greatest Wii game (targeted to adults) of all time

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