No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed for the Wii console. It is a sequel to the 2007's No More Heroes. The game was produced by Suda51, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Ubisoft, Rising Star Games, and Marvelous Entertainment, and was released in North America on January 26, 2010, in Australia on May 25, 2010, in Europe on May 28, 2010, and in Japan on October 21, 2010.
The game would later receive ports on the Nintendo Switch and Amazon Luna in 2020 and 2021.
Why It Rocks
- Outstanding graphics pushing the Wii's limits making it one of the best looking Wii titles out there.
- The Switch version now runs at 60fps making it look like a triple A title.
- Improved combat gameplay from its predecessor, allowing you to wield two swords instead of one.
- You can now carry up to four Beam Katanas and change them during battles.
- Marvelous soundtrack from various artists, including twosongs that are really catchy.
- Fixes many optimization issues from the original game.
- New side jobs that you can play that are in the style of 8-bit classic retro mini-games (except "Stings So Good", which is 3D).
- Still has awesome voice acting with more hilarious lines.
- Shinobu Jacobs and Henry Cooldown can be played in certain parts of the game.
- You now have the option to play with the Wii's Classic Controller for those who don't want to use the Nunchuck.
- New amazing boss battles that have different playstyles never seen before in the previous game.
- Incredible cutscenes which give out an impact to the story.
- Great continuation to the story-line with new plot elements.
- There are now more obtainable items to collect in which you customize your room with.
- Speaking of customization, there are now more clothing options available such as shoes, gloves, and different clothing with newer designs.
- Fun mini-games to play such as the Bizarre Jelly 5, which is a vertical side-scrolling shooter game on your TV and helping Jeane (Travis's cat) lose weight.
- New locations with an larger environment to explore in.
- You can also fight bosses in Deathmatch mode in the starting menu, which is timed for a scores and set to the "Bitter" difficulty mode which is hardest.
- Includes more pop culture references than the first game.
- There is no longer an open hub world to explore in, instead you have to choose which destination you want to land in.
- Annoying bosses such as Jasper Batt Jr. and New Destroyman.
- New Destroyman is not only one, but two bosses that you have to defeat which can be a pain
- Henry is only playable in one part of the game.
- Shinobu's gameplay mechanics aren't all that great, especially her jumping movements.
- While the side-job games are fun, two mini-games such as "Getting Trashed" and "Stings So Good" are terrible and frustrating at times.
- You couldn't control the camera with the Classic Controller when in combat.
- This was later remapped in the Switch version.
- No gyro controls, which you still have to use the A button on the Wii remote to attack with.