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New Viewtiful Joe for DS & GameCube

by Mike Sklens - April 6, 2005, 10:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: GameSpot

Joe is back in a new adventure.

Famitsu has a new report on Capcom's Viewtiful Joe series. The franchise is coming to Sony's Playstation Portable, in addition to staying on the GameCube and the Nintendo DS. There are two games planned.

The first is Viewtiful Joe: VFX Battle. This battle game is similar to Nintendo's own Super Smash Bros. It features characters from both the Viewtiful Joe video game and anime series. The game is point-focused, and the general idea is to be a big as ham as possible, and grab the most attention from the game's camera, which will zoom in on the various characters.

The Nintendo DS is also getting a new Viewtiful Joe game, which is being called Scratch! Viewtiful Joe right now. The game takes place at a theme park, where the newest Captain Blue movie is filming. A group of bad guys arrive and steal the film, and Joe has to go after it. Scratch! will also introduce Joe's younger sister Jasmine.

As far as controls go, Scratch! Viewtiful Joe will use the D-Pad and buttons for primary gameplay. The touch screen will be used, but not a lot. The game is designed with the player' fingers in mind, as it would be a pain to switch between D-pad and stylus during gameplay. An example of the touch screen given is Joe's new "Split" VFX power. This ability lets players split objects in half by slicing with their fingers. Using this power, a player could chop a giant billboard in half and drop part of it on top of the enemies. The DS' top screen is being used to zoom in on the action.

We'll have more on these titles as it becomes available, and they will most likely make an appearance at E3 next month.


foolish03April 06, 2005

This makes much more sense. Even though i could care less about a viewtiful joe fighting game.

MarioApril 06, 2005

Yeah i'd really care about a Viewtiful Joe fighting game too.

I think you meant couldn't. face-icon-small-smile.gif

Can't wait for more info and screens on these games.

jmoe316April 07, 2005

Are you sure about this? IGN and some other places are reporting its for GameCube and PSP.

EDIT: Don't I look stupid. Note to self: Never comment on an article you just browsed through... Sorry guys.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorApril 07, 2005

Famitsu > IGN

No need for doubting.

MarioApril 07, 2005


Originally posted by: jmoe316
Are you sure about this? IGN and some other places are reporting its for GameCube and PSP.

Did you even read the article?

PSP and GC are getting Viewtiful Joe: VFX Battle, Nintendo DS is getting Scratch! Viewtiful Joe.

Bartman3010April 07, 2005

Guess Capcom finally realized that porting to others systems does not mean better sales.

Its even more ironic the DS is getting the new game, whereas the PSP just gets a console port.

Handhelds wont be very unique if all it gets are PS2 ports.

puzl_the_taggerApril 07, 2005

I hate sony

Darc RequiemApril 07, 2005

Given the sales of Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2 for PS2, I'm not surprised that there wasn't a PS2 version announced. I doubt the PSP game will sell any better but we'll see I guess. I hope VFX battle has a Super Smash Bros. like fun factor. If it does Capcom will have a run away hit.

Bill AurionApril 07, 2005

Tagger I hate your ridiculously huge avatar...

(VJ DS sounds interesting, though not really craving VFX...)

darknight06April 07, 2005

Man, what is with people and their rediculously large avatars these past couple days? Cut it out.

Infernal MonkeyApril 07, 2005

That avatar smells like poo.

DjunknownApril 07, 2005

Hmmm... Looks like Joe and Co. are getting their Henshin on. I've been out of the Anime loop for a while, but are they any plans to bring the VJ anime here stateside? It would really help introducing some of the anime specific characters, as well as covering token subtext...

PSP getting a port of VJ? They better release it for budget price, if not a little lower. You can get both console titles for 40 put together. That's a lot of Viewtification!

Imagine Melee-like battles in VJ's 2.5 dimensional style... face-icon-small-shocked.gif

joshnickersonApril 08, 2005


Originally posted by: Djunknown
any plans to bring the VJ anime here stateside?


NephilimApril 11, 2005

I bet this will be as fun a digimon battle arena
heck the both only have 2 attack buttons

cronotrigger913April 13, 2005

I'm just surprised that the DS version of Viewtiful Joe looks that good! It has a lot of blocky textures, but it's still cel-shaded and very close to the GC version's style. And the fact that you can slice enemies in two with the touch pad seems very cool.

Oh, and for everyone that hates Sony, I agree, but that PSP is a very sexy device. You have to give it at least that.

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