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'Travis Strikes Again' puts 15 indie titles in one Suda51 game

'Travis Strikes Again' puts 15 indie titles in one Suda51 game
From Engadget - September 15, 2017

The game took advantage of the Wii's motion controls, a revolutionary input system back in those days. It became a quick cult hit and was followed by a PlayStation 3 port and a sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, in 2010. That one was also exclusive to the Wii. By 2011, Suda51 said he was eager to release a third title in the series, but it was not going to happen any time soon.

Eight years later, Suda51 is bringing the franchise back with Travis Strikes Again, a new game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. The third No More Heroes installment stars Travis Touchdown and it will feature motion-based mechanics, as usual. But this time around, Suda51 decided to expand his vision: He collaborated with more than a dozen independent studios to feature their own games inside Travis Strikes Again. Travis and his nemesis are sucked into a possessed gaming console and forced to battle their way through big-name indie titles including Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight.

Those are the only two confirmed games with starring roles in Travis Strikes Again, but Suda51 says to expect more announcements over the coming months. He's excited about the growing indie industry -- he's spoken at conferences like BitSummit, Tokyo's annual independent gaming festival -- and Travis Strikes Again is a testament to the potential he sees in these smaller-scale games.

We asked Suda51 all about his recent rush of indie appreciation, his commitment to the Switch (and Nintendo in general), and the importance of Travis Touchdown in his career. The following interview has been edited for clarity:

It's been 10 years since No More Heroes -- how does it feel to return to this series?

It really feels great to finally return to the No More Heroes series. Over the past 10 years, I'd been wanting to revisit the character of Travis Touchdown and see how he's been doing, as well as to reintroduce him and the series itself to the newer generation of gamers who may not have had the chance to meet him back during the original run. With the unveiling of the Nintendo Switch and all its capabilities and features, this felt like the perfect time to do that.

Why is Travis Strikes Again a Switch exclusive?

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