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Grasshopper Manufacture
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Founded1998
Parent companyGungHo Online Entertainment
Websitehttps://www.grasshopper.co.jp/
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Grasshopper Manufacture, Inc. is a Japanese video game development house founded on March 30, 1998 in Suginami, Japan. Grasshopper gained mainstream notoriety in 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 game killer7. In addition to killer7, they have developed Michigan (released in Japan and Europe) and a number of Japan-only titles. Grasshopper Manufacture was also responsible for the Nintendo DS game Contact and the Wii game No More Heroes. The company is headed by Goichi Suda, also known as Suda51, and is noted for its original and imaginative titles - ones that are also fraught with financial risk. Potential losses are often made up by the development of games based on popular anime franchises, such as Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked and Blood+: One Night Kiss.

In May 2007, Suda announced during a speech at the 2007 Game Developers Conference that Grasshopper was at the time working on three titles for the Wii, which have since been revealed as No More Heroes and Fatal Frame IV; there is no information on the status of the third Wii game in development. After working on another Wii title, Fatal Frame IV, to be published by Nintendo, the studio is also currently working in a sequel to No More Heroes titled No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle.

Grasshopper is also said to be working on an Xbox 360 title, and have presented a concept for a PlayStation 3 game called Kurayami, a non-linear action adventure inspired by the worrying and confused universe of the Czech writer Franz Kafka, whom Goichi Suda admires.

In August 2008 EA announced a deal to publish an as yet untitled action horror game developed by Grasshopper in conjuntion with Q Entertainment. The project will be directed by Suda and produced by Shinji Mikami for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC.

Games developed[edit | edit source]

Year Title Platform
1999 The Silver Case PlayStation
2001 Flower, Sun, and Rain PlayStation 2
2002 Shining Soul Game Boy Advance
2003 Shining Soul II Game Boy Advance
2004 Michigan: Report from Hell PlayStation 2
2005 Killer7 GameCube, PlayStation 2
2005 The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Mobile
2006 Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked PlayStation 2
2006 Contact Nintendo DS
2006 Blood+: One Night Kiss PlayStation 2
2007 No More Heroes Wii
2008 Flower, Sun, and Rain Nintendo DS
2008 Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Wii
2010 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Wii
2011 Frog Minutes iOS
2011 Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Sine Mora Xbox 360
2012 Diabolical Pitch Xbox 360
2012 Liberation Maiden Nintendo 3DS
2012 Lollipop Chainsaw PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Black Knight Sword PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2013 Killer is Dead PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2014 Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day PlayStation 3
2014 Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition Windows
2018 The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4
2018 The Silver Case 2425 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
2019 Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
2021 No More Heroes III Nintendo Switch