When the legendary creator of No More Heroes, Suda 51, revealed that the sequel to No More Heroes would be called Desperate Struggle we had the feeling that he was making a DS game and using the old 'DS subtitle' trick. You know, as in Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Resident Evil: Deadly Silence and Mr Driller: Drill Spirits. It turns out that was just a coincidence - Desperate Struggle is very much a Wii game and it's on course for a release early next year.
In case you're not up to date, the original No More Heroes followed the story of Travis Touchdown, a wrestling geek who buys a beam katana (basically a fancy lightsaber) online and, after a chance meeting with a mysterious woman called Sylvia, finds himself caught up in the rankings system of the United Assassins Association. Starting at number 11, he has to fight his way to the top by killing all the other assassins on the list. If you've never played the game we really recommend it. It's stylish, action-packed stuff, with lashings of Suda's trademark madness.
Anyway, that was the first game. What's going on in No More Heroes 2? Well, Desperate Struggle takes place a few years later. The town of Santa Destroy, which used to be completely rundown, has now been renovated and turned into a tourist hotspot. More importantly though, Travis has been thrown out of the United Assassins Association since the last game, and as a result he's slipped right down the assassin rankings all the way to number 51 (a sneaky reference to Suda 51? Probably).
Sylvia finds Travis and urges him to fight his way back to the top of the charts. As if that wasn't enough, Travis finds out that his friend Bishop (the owner of the Beef Head video store from the first game) is in trouble and it's up to Travis to help him out. In short, the plot's really just an excuse for Travis to get stuck into hordes of goons again and swing his beam katana for all he's worth. And when we say "beam katana" we mean it in both the singular and plural sense, because this time Travis is able to dual-wield two katana for double the death-dealing delight.
Desperate Struggle will feature a host of all-new characters and enemies, including Nathan Copeland, a Jamaican assassin who's armed with a transforming beatbox and who thinks nothing of grabbing his bikini-clad lady friends and chucking them in Travis' direction.
A lot's been promised for No More Heroes 2. More katana attacks, more wrestling moves, a much busier town (the last one felt rather empty) and hopefully more lawnmowing too. And if the original was a little gore-lite for your tastes, a UK release of a full uncut version of the game has been mooted. Travis is one of the most inspired creations of recent years and we couldn't be happier to have him back.