No More Heroes 1 and 2 have been released on the Nintendo Switch, but fans are eager to know whether these games will also benefit from a physical release.
The original No More Heroes debuted on the Wii in 2007 in Japan and 2008 in the rest of the world. A third game in the main series (not including the spin-off Travis Strikes Again) is in the works and expected to release in 2020.
No More Heroes 1 and 2 came to the Nintendo eShop without much prior marketing, leaving fans confused about the release – many are wondering whether it’s best to buy the games digitally, or whether a physical release is coming in the future.
Will No More Heroes 1 and 2 get a physical release on Switch?
At the time of the games’ eShop release, there are no plans for a physical release of No More Heroes on the Nintendo Switch. That said, there has previously been some discussion about providing a more substantial release that may yet bear fruit.
According to lead developer Goichi “Suda51” Suda, his team at Grasshopper Manufacture are primarily working on No More Heroes 3. While there was some discussion about creating a full remaster of No More Heroes and its sequel, the team has instead settled on a quicker and easier direct port, and as such, a physical release in the immediate future is unlikely.
It is entirely possible that, closer to release time for No More Heroes 3, a physical release or collectors edition may be considered for the first two No More Heroes games. Fans shouldn’t give up hope, but without anything concrete in the works, the games are likely to remain digital-only for the foreseeable future.
When will No More Heroes 3 be released?
While initially scheduled for release in 2020, No More Heroes 3 has now been pushed back to 2021. In a tweet announcing this delay – which is blamed largely on the current pandemic – Suda51 noted that he is listening eagerly to fan feedback.
This being the case, those who might want a physical release of No More Heroes 1 and 2 should bear in mind that the team at Grasshopper Manufacture are indeed listening to their fanbase.
If enough noise is made, the studio could be convinced to provide a phyiscal No More Heroes package at some point in the future, potentially around the time that No More Heroes 3 is finally finished.