For a console that’s never been the biggest hit in Japan, Microsoft has definitely been courting Japanese developers. With today’s earlier announcement of the new Steel Battalion‘s release date, the Kinect device has confirmed its way into the “hardcore” crowd. Sometimes, though, you just need that extra level of Japanese oddity to appeal. Suda 51 almost personifies that extra level.
The creator of No More Heroes, killer7, and Lollipop Chainsaw, Goichi Suda (“Go-Ichi” basically translating to “Five-One”) is definitely one of the most enigmatic figures in video games. A large tokusatsu fan (the genre that brought us Godzilla, Ultraman, Power Rangers and such), No More Heroes was rife with references. His newest game, Diabolical Pitch, lets you become a baseball player fighting off enemies with superpowers. In the trailer, you even perform a similar transformation pose as to the original Kamen Rider. Grasshopper Manufacture’s revealed that the game will hit Xbox Live Arcade on April 4th. Powered solely by Kinect, the game looks to be an over-the-top, “mature” take on some of the simpler games that Kinect has powered.
I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait… and I hate baseball.