ESRB ratings have appeared for PC versions of both No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggles. This could mean that the two titles will eventually release on the platform, even though there hasn’t been an official announcement for either.
The official website for the Entertainment Software Rating Board lists both games as having a Mature rating. The reasons given for this, in terms of the first game, are that it contains blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, and strong language. The No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggles rating also cites those reasons but adds partial nudity to the list.
ESRB listings have signaled the release of unannounced games before. Earlier this year, an unannounced PC version of Catherine was rated by the ESRB after an apparent teaser for the game appeared on Bayonetta’s Steam page. Catherine for the PC released later that month on January 10, 2020. Similarly, a rating for a PC version of Octopath Traveler appeared ahead of an April 28, 2020 Stadia Connect, spoiling what was going to be a surprise shadow drop of the title. A shadow drop is when a game releases either the same day as its announcement or without an announcement at all. Nintendo, in particular, has a history of shadow dropping games alongside its Nintendo Direct events. In fact, it’s exactly what they did on October 28, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch versions of No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle.
No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle originally appeared on the Nintendo Wii in 2007 and 2010 respectively. They are stylized, violent games created by Grasshopper Manufacture and feature a mouthy main character named Travis Touchdown who fights using a beam saber.
The remastered versions of No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are currently available for the Nintendo Switch.