Another Touchdown for Travis
It’s been a big week for fans of the No More Heroes series and the larger “Grasshopper Manufacture Extended Universe.” Copies of Limited Run’s collector’s editions of the first two No More Heroes games (featuring art books co-written by yours truly) have begun arriving in mailboxes. The Silver Case 2425, a collection of two visual novels from early in Grasshopper’s career, also just made it out to customers. The limited physical edition of that game comes with a special Silver Case comic book that co-stars Midori Midorikawa, a teenage girl who can effortlessly kill a group of horny idiots.
She was also recently confirmed to be a boss in No More Heroes 3. We can only imagine how she’ll end up getting along with Travis, gaming’s most notoriously idiotic, horny hero. Then again, Travis has changed a lot over the years. He even wears a “Fuck Racism” t-shirt in this new game, a decidedly socially conscious move for a once selfish man. It’s anyone’s guess as to where this is all going.
There are also hints that No More Heroes 3 will cross over with Killer 7, another one of Grasshopper’s rabidly-adored titles. Yesterday, the official site for the game revealed that the text adventure stories from Travis Strikes Again will continue into this new game. One screen from this decidedly retro mode strongly hints at an appearance from Killer 7‘s Young Harman Smith. It’s a stretch, given that we just have this one screen to go on, but this wouldn’t actually be the first time the two games crossed paths. It’s also worth noting that the prior text adventures for Travis featured appearances from both Dracula and Epona (from the Zelda series). In the same scene. So again, anything’s possible.
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The only thing we know for sure is, the time for this kind of fanciful speculation is almost over. No More Heroes 3 launches next month, and just like with No More Heroes 1, 2, and The Silver Case 2425, it’s getting a physical collector’s edition, this time from Pix ‘N Love. I have to guess that they waited to announce this package until those other special editions from Grasshopper had been delivered. By the looks of it, the timing was perfect. The site actually went down from excessive traffic earlier in the day. It’s back up now, so I’d jump on the chance to check it out while you can.
This collector’s edition comes with a 96-page art book, four lithographs, and a cardboard sleeve, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re only making 2,000 of them. History has shown that this artbook may end up being the rare first appearance of a new character that will end up being an important boss in some future Grasshopper title, so Grasshopper fans like myself have basically two choices here: buy now or fear missing out.
I bet you can guess which one I picked.