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

SUDA51

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

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

The Electric Bends

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

Kazuki Morishita

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