Today I bring you all my first review for the Wii. Surprisingly, also my first review of a mature game.
No More Heroes is part of an interesting trend in the development of third-party games for the Wii console. Nintendo has been doing all they can to keep the image of their precious Wii as spotless and kid-friendly as possible. This is a trend we can trace all the way back to the release of Mortal Kombat on the 16-bit consoles when the Super Nintendo version was censored to remove the blood, which was visible in the Sega Genesis version. Politically speaking, this has usually been a good move on Nintendo’s part as it makes it much more difficult for Nintendo to be accused of corrupting young children while Sony and Microsoft take all the heat from anti-gamer groups. On the other hand, the children who began with an NES or Super NES and have been following Nintendo loyally for four or five generations of gaming history are now adults and tend to want something more than another Mario or Zelda game. A natural balance seems to have occurred in that, while Nintendo continues to cater to the younger gamers, third parties are now picking up the slack and developing the quality, adult games for the motion-control console. With the possible exception of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, No More Heroes is my personal favorite game on this system. Ubisoft has also developed Red Steel, while Capcom has released Resident Evil 4: Wii version and Umbrella Chronicles and former rival Sega has come out with House of the Dead: 2 & 3 revisited, Overkill and Madworld. I’m also looking forward to Sega’s upcoming title, “The Conduit.” Meanwhile, Ubisoft has planned sequels to both Red Steel, this time utilizing Wii Motion+ and No More Heroes, subtitled Desperate Struggle and definitely the game I’m now most looking forward to.