No More Heroes creator Suda51 gets an updated translation for his Nintendo Switch Travis Touchdown reveal that makes a lot more sense than the original broadcast.
Although Nintendo’s stock took a hit after last week’s Switch events, the presentations did go off quite well all things considered. English speaking audiences were able to follow along with the announcements in real time thanks to a live stream, English language trailers, and some very talented translators. One of the only confusing moments of the evening came when No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda took the stage to reveal Travis Touchdown’s comeback.
Suda51 took the stage with more energy than just about any other speaker at the Nintendo Switch price and release date reveal, but something about his delivery was literally lost in translation during the live broadcast. The translator did the best they could under pressure, but all that managed to come across was that Travis Touchdown would be coming to Switch, but there is no game ready for reveal.
Although that is the basic gist of Suda51’s news, it sounds like a lot less of a non-announcement when you get a chance to hear it in the creator’s own words. Thankfully, YouTuber iYakku offered an updated translation of Suda51’s speech. Both the subtitled video and transcript can be found below…
eh… guess that bombed
Suda from Grasshopper here.
Today’s the big January 13th Ariake Showdown
I’ve been invited to this special match, not an exhibition.
I’m up here for a round on the stage to talk about my game.
Hang on, let me check the teleprompter.
Does everyone remember the man from Santa Destroy that Grasshopper and Marvelous created in their tag team game?
Right, Travis Touchdown.
Ah…show the image please.
There it is!!!
This legendary anti-hero will be touching back down on the Nintendo Switch.
We’re not announcing the title just yet, and not to change the subject, but…
So last year, all throughout the year.
I was at events like PAX and Kyoto’s BITSUMMIT.
I went to all kinds of gaming events like those.
I talked to a lot of indie devs there about all kinds of things, and they were like, “Suda, man, what’s the Switch like?”
Well, back then I think people were still calling it the NX.
I’d tell them “No no, I have no idea! I know as much as you guys”, and they’d be like “Come on, tell us! Is it as easy to develop for as everyone’s saying?”
I had to tell them “Just Wait”.
“I’m under NDA with Nintendo, I can’t tell you anything”, there were lots of little scuffles like that.
But indie devs all over the world were excited for the Switch, even the ones in Japan.
The dev environment is probably as good as everyone’s hoping for.
It’s really good for… Mm… Well I get the feeling the Switch can even connect indies and major titles.
So, I’m gonna try making a game that’ll become the singularity between indies and the Nintendo Switch.
And it’ll be centered around Travis.
Travis co-starring with an indie star.
Mm… well to put it in simpler terms, in wrestling it’d be like shoot style versus hardcore wrestling.
Well, maybe not quite…
Like in Fire Pro Wrestling, Saeba with Kita.
Basically, I can’t really explain it that well, but yeah!
Travis is gonna bust his way onto Nintendo Switch.
Suda51 from Grasshopper, out.
In the second half of the speech, which was mostly lost during the live stream, Suda51 goes into some interesting details about the developer-friendly nature of the Switch and what the inspiration is for the next Travis Touchdown game. Although he jumps around quite a bite, the wrestling puns are clear as day and it is obvious that he intends to bring Travis together with some kind indie character for his next adventure.
It seems likely that fans won’t actually get their hands on this game until holiday 2018 at the earliest, but perhaps more details, like a title, will arrive later this year. Although E3 isn’t usually the place for Nintendo, there is some hope that the company will have a bigger showing at the event this year thanks to the Switch launch. We know that Mario Odyssey will be making an appearance at E3 2017, so fans can keep their fingers crossed that maybe Travis Touchdown will show up as well.
When do you expect the upcoming Travis Touchdown game to be officially revealed? Let us know in the comments!
The Nintendo Switch releases on March 3, 2017. The Switch Travis Touchdown game does not have a title or a release date.