Trading blows with Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture’s team of grindhouse action heroes

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Grasshopper is a developer whose philosophy bleeds through in every one of its games. Its punk spirit oozes from No More Heroes’ layabout-turned-assassin Travis Touchdown, whose room full of memorabilia looks suspiciously similar to studio head Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda’s meeting room in Tokyo. Its B-movie quirk is there in every pom-pom thrust of Lollipop Chainsaw’s… Continue reading

Retrospective: Killer7

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It’s not as if Killer7 had much hype with which to mislead gamers, but many a player must have left it behind before seeing even a fraction of its true girth. Its surgically crafted looks – dark kindergarten colour palette and harshly graded shading – backed by Capcom’s perennial pedigree was enough to turn heads,… Continue reading

Rhythm action: meet the Japanese developers who make music when they’re not making games

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Dylan Cuthbert remembers his first visit to Sony, where an engineer told him she was practising tuba for a company brass band event. “I recall Shigeru Miyamoto has a yearly event with his cohorts at Nintendo, too,” says the Q-Games founder. “They all have to play a live piece of music; Miyamoto plays guitar and… Continue reading

GungHo’s president Kazuki Morishita on how Puzzle & Dragons became Japan’s biggest game

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When Kazuki Morishita set up GungHo Online Entertainment, he had the foresight to supplement his early forays into development by hosting the Japanese servers for South Korean MMORPG Ragnarok Online. It paid off: that game now has 40 million users worldwide, and GungHo acquired its developer, Gravity, in 2008. But GungHo would dwarf that success… Continue reading

Killer Is Dead review

Killer Is Dead

The outrage about those Gigolo missions will overshadow everything Goichi Suda’s latest game does right, but in truth, it might otherwise be soon forgotten.

Suda 51 working on PS3 scrolling action game

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No More Heroes and Killer Is Dead developer collaborating on an “omnibus project” with Akira creator.

Watch the new Killer Is Dead trailer here

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The new trailer for Grasshopper Manufacture’s next title is has jazz and, well, ‘Mondo Girls’.

Suda51’s next game has a ‘unique’ online twist, could be next-gen and is coming in 2014

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Grasshopper Manufacture is developing a new action game with online and social functionality in collaboration with new owner GungHo, Suda51 tells us.

Something about Japan: Suda 51 on selling Grasshopper Manufacture

Lollipop Chainsaw review

We look at what’s next for Grasshopper after its acquisition by GungHo Online and the state of the Japanese game industry in this week’s Something about Japan column.

Worldwide release confirmed for Grasshopper Manufacture’s Killer Is Dead

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The latest game from Goichi ‘Suda 51′ Suda’s studio will get European and US releases this summer.