This guy knows what gaming is all about. Seriously, back before videogames became mainstream and overtook Hollywood in revenue, video-games used to provide onto us an experience unlike any other. I am not talking about facing Nazis during World War II. I am talking about games where you played a God who uses a Cherub to build cities ala Sim City before materializing onto Earth to slaughter demons and monsters (Actraiser). Or what about the game where you played a red gargoyle who must defeat other gargoyles, steal their abilities, to wipe out an evil god-like gargoyle monster (Demon’s Crest). Or a Knight who throws an infinite amount of lances at goblins and ghosts and traverses miles of cursed land and faces Satan himself just to save his precious love (Ghosts and Goblins).
Suda 51 gets this. He gets that gaming doesn’t have to be based in reality. If you want to play a cheerleader who summons a heart-covered chainsaw to slaughter hordes of music-themed zombies; then so be it. Want to be a demon-hunter who has a talking skull pistol that can transform into a motorcycle as you travel to Hell to save your girlfriend’s so? Awesome. An Otaku pervert who wants to become the world’s greatest assassin just so that he can get laid? BAM! Suda51 has the game for you.
I will admit that his games are not 100% flawless. Some have camera issues, others have weird difficulty curves, and some gameplay elements aren’t as polished as AAA titles are, but they are still fun.
Of course, with my eccentric love for weird and unusual video games, it comes to no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with Suda’s insane style. His music, his 80s/90s vibe, his humor; it’s just a lot of fun. As such, I’ve purchased several of his American-Released games including Killer7, Lollipop Chainsaw, and No More Heroes. However, I’ve decided that it is not enough.
Suda has currently worked on about 30 games and I am making it my duty to collect all 30. However, there is a bit of a stickler in this mission. A majority of these games were never released in the US but I shall not let that stop me!!
So. Let’s go down the list and see what we got!
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Final Bout Super Famicom Released in Japan (1993) Director Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special Super Famicom Released in Japan (1994) Director / Scenario Writer Twilight Syndrome: Search PlayStation Released in Japan (1996) Director Twilight Syndrome: Investigation PlayStation Released in Japan (1996) Director / Writer Moonlight Syndrome PlayStation Released in Japan (1997) Director / Writer The Silver Case PlayStation Released in Japan (1999) Director / Writer Flower, Sun, and Rain PlayStation 2 Released in Japan (2001) Director / Writer Michigan: Report from Hell PlayStation 2 Released in Japan (2004) and Europe Original Plan / Producer Killer7 Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 Released in Japan (2005), North America, and Europe Director / Writer The Silver Case 25 Ward i-mode and Yahoo! Keitai Released in Japan (2005) Director / Writer Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked PlayStation 2 Released in Japan (2006) and North America Director / Writer Contact Nintendo DS Released in Japan (2006), North America and Europe Producer Blood+: One Night Kiss PlayStation 2 Released in Japan (2006) Director / Writer No More Heroes Wii Released in Japan December (2007), North America and Europe (2008) Director / Writer Flower, Sun and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise Nintendo DS Released in Japan March (2008), North America and Europe (2008) Designer Fatal Frame IV Wii Released in Japan (2008) Director / Writer The Silver Case Nintendo DS Unreleased Director / Writer No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Wii Released in North America, Europe and Japan (2010) Executive Director / Writer Shadows of the Damned Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Released in North America and Europe (2011) Executive Director / Writer Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact PSP Released in Japan (2011) Creative Producer Sdatcher Internet radio drama Aired in Japanese (September-November 2011) Writer / Voice Actor Sine Mora Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC March 21, 2012 Producer Diabolical Pitch Xbox 360 Kinect April 4, 2012 Creative Director Lollipop Chainsaw Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 June 14, 2012 in Japan Creative Director Liberation Maiden Nintendo 3DS, iOS May 31, 2012 (Japan), October 4, 2012 (Europe), October 25, 2012 (North America) Director / Writer / Game Design Black Knight Sword Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 December 11, 2012 Executive Producer / Writer Killer Is Dead Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC August 27, 2013 Writer / Executive Director Liberation Maiden SIN PlayStation 3 December 5, 2013 Scenario writer Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day PlayStation 3 January 16, 2014 (Japan) Scenario writer Lily Bergamo Playstation 4 TBA Director / Writer / Game Design
Now I believe it would be fair to make sure that I set some ground rules for this. There are some games on this list that are the same game, but given a new title when ported over to a different country. For example, Flower, Sun, and Rain for the PS2 is the exact same game as Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise for the DS. As such, I will consider owning one of these games as a goal instead of buying both. Later I may consider getting both copies but for now, it is not my priority.
Also, non games like SDcatcher (a radio drama) doesn’t count.
So, let us make a list and start this challenge off properly!
Titles in RED and Crossed Out are the ones I currently Own
Titles in BLUE and Crossed Out are ports where I own 1 of them but on a different console than originally released upon
Titles in PURPLE and Crossed Out cannot be obtained due to release issues.
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Final Bout
Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special
Twilight Syndrome: Search
Twilight Syndrome: Investigation
The Silver Case
Flower, Sun, and Rain
Michigan: Report from Hell
The Silver Case, 25 Ward
Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked
Blood+: One Night Kiss
No More Heroes
Flower, Sun and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise
Fatal Frame IV
The Silver Case – DS Release
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Shadows of the Damned
Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact
Black Knight Sword
Killer Is Dead
Liberation Maiden SIN
Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day
Several of these games may prove very difficult to get. For example, The Silver Case has a sketchy release. The DS version was never released and the Silver Case 25 was ONLY released to Japanese Mobile Phones. So those two are out of the question. Furthermore, as I do not have an Xbox 360, I am unable to download and purchase Diabolical Pitch. So sadly, that one is also out of the question The rest, however, seem to be obtainable.
Ah, but you may be asking yourself “Why is he collecting games if many of these are for Japanese-Only consoles and are written ONLY in Japanese?”. Well, the answer is simple. I am a collector as well as a huge fan of Suda 51. Eventually I may get a Japanese console to play these upon (hopefully my launch PS3 can play Japanese PS1 and PS2 games – since it can play PS2 games ) and with luck I can find walkthroughs or translations online so I know what the hell I am doing. However, the primary goal is to just try to complete this personal challenge.
Wish me luck! I will be updated everyone as time goes on