Retro Gaming 10’s- No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: (2010)

When it comes down to interesting third party Wii games from the 10’s decade one of the few titles that instantly stands out in many people’s mind is No More Heroes 2: Despite Struggle from 2010. For those who do not know the series started back in 2007 with No More Heroes 2 being the second installment. No More Heroes 2 was an action-adventure hack and slash developed by Grasshopper Manufacture with multiple publishers such as Ubisoft, Rising Star Games and Marvelous Entertainment depending on the country the game was released in. As a action-adventure hack and slash game No More Heroes 2 was not really on the same level as Bayonetta was in relation to popularity back in 2009. However, for a third party exclusive Wii game No More Heroes 2 was definitely a memorable attraction in 2010. The cinematic quality for the cutscenes in relation to the storytelling aspect of the game was impressive. One of the intriguing aspects about the story from No More Heroes 2 is that it follows the events of the previous title while making some vital improvements in relation the gameplay. An example would be how the main protagonist Travis Touchdown eventually crosses paths with a vengeful assassin named Skelter-Helter who was the brother of the deceased Helter-Skelter from the original No More Heroes game from ’07.

As far as in-game mechanics was concerned the creators had decided change a few things such as removing the overworld map while eliminating entry fees in relation to ranked battles. As the inclusion of the Death Match Mode added more to the replay value of of No More Heroes 2 after players competed the entire game on any level. While No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was a high profile action-adventure title for the Wii console during the early 10’s many would argue that the game could have possibly been more successful if it were saved for 2013-2014 as a Wii-U exclusive. The original Wii console had countless great action-adventure games between ’06-’12 from Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy to Metroid: Other M. As critically acclaimed as No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was back in 2010 the game has yet to be remastered or re-released for the Nintendo Switch along with its predecessor. While the world is still waiting to see the release of No More Heroes 3: Travis Strikes Again in 2020 seeing remastered versions of the first two entries on the Switch would be something that fans of the series since the late 00’s would definitely be interesting in seeing sometime in the future.

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