Grasshopper’s CEO Goichi Suda (Suda51 for the cool people) told Edge the company will need to look beyond the Wii if it wants to evolve No More Heroes further. “I really want to make NMH a big franchise,” he said, “and with this second episode have a bigger success. I’m putting a lot of care into developing this IP, as I feel there’s a lot of potential.”
Although the Wii has a larger install base, a combination of struggling sales for third-party hardcore games and aspirations that can’t be realized on the console has led Suda to look for other, next-gen consoles. “I think this is the last NMH that is gong to be developed on Wii,” he said. “To expand NMH to new possibilities, we need a new platform. Wii is a great platform, but we’ve done everything we can with it now.”
Considering the work put into the first, and Suda’s comments for the future of the franchise, it will be all the more interesting to see how well Desperate Struggle does when it comes out.