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Joe is your normal everyday guy, watching movies and hanging out with his girlfriend, Silvia. But when Silvia is sucked into a movie reel by an evil force, Joe's life is turned upside down. It's up to you to take everyman Joe and turn him into a superhero to end all superhero's and save his girl.

With a heavy dose of comic book visuals, Viewtiful Joe is an action-heavy 2D side-scroller inside a 3D world, that will have you using the amazing abilities of the hero in question as you slice and dice the many enemies on screen with VFX special moves, such as Slow and Mach Speed. You'll have the chance to earn 'Viewtifuls', which will boost your abilities with new killer moves and special items. You'll need them as you progress further into the seven episodes and big bosses at the end of each.


Viewtiful Joe GameCube Look out, incoming bullet!
Viewtiful Joe GameCube Using slow motion effect to fight off numerous enemies
Viewtiful Joe GameCube Hmm, what's in that huge crate?
Viewtiful Joe GameCube Use the slow motion effect to fight tough enemies

Promo Images

Viewtiful Joe Screenshot
Viewtiful Joe Screenshot
Viewtiful Joe Screenshot
Viewtiful Joe Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "红侠乔伊" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Viewtiful Joe Revival" -- Japanese budget re-release title
  • "Viewtiful Joe: A New Hope" -- Japanese PS2 title
  • "Red Hot Man" -- Working title
  • "뷰티플 죠 새로운 희망" -- Korean PS2 spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

Mad Japanese crazy superhero action! GameCube Garland (14)
Viewtiful Joe is an impressive form of art that also happens to be a great yet challenging game. GameCube (28)
Side Scrollers Return GameCube Game22 (42)
Classic platforming action returns. New console, new look, same great fun GameCube Shadowcaster (261)
Lives up to the name: Viewtiful GameCube reyo (20)
Wow! GameCube Martin Greenberg (3)

Critic Reviews

G4 TV: X-Play GameCube Mar 27, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Thunderbolt Games GameCube Mar 01, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Lawrence GameCube Oct 08, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Consoles Plus GameCube Aug, 2003 93 out of 100 93
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 20, 2004 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Aug, 2004 A- 91
GameCell UK GameCube Jan 20, 2004 9 out of 10 90
CUBE (UK Magazine) GameCube Aug, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
Total Cube GameCube Nov, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Deaf Gamers GameCube 2003 6.8 out of 10 68


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1001 Video Games

Viewtiful Joe appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Alternate Packaging

Europe saw two GameCube releases of this game; one with a yellow front cover and the other with a pink front cover. There are no gameplay or story differences between these two versions; it is purely cosmetic.

Black Cat

A black cat appears throughout the game:
  • Illustrated in posters on street scenes
  • Driving the runaway jet-powered buses
  • In a space suit at the beginning of the space station


"Henshin" in Japanese means "transform", so Joe's catchphrase when he changes, "Henshin a go-go, baby!", translates (obviously) to, "Transform a go-go, baby!"


In an interview on 1UP, Hideki Kamiya mentions the movies that influenced the design process: Life is Beautiful inspired the Viewtiful Joe bonus video, and the bus in the movie Speed was the inspiration for the bus in Viewtiful Joe. Jaws was the inspiration for the Shark Boss.


  • When holding down the X button, Joe will throw up a bomb, jiggle it on his knee, and whistle the first 6 notes of the Mario theme. If doing it in mid-air, he'll whistle another part of the Mario theme. In Slow Motion, he'll whistle yet another part.
  • In level 2, Some Like It Red Hot, there are billboards with a scantly clad women titled Playguy, which is a reference to the Playboy magazine.
  • Sometimes the third boss, Gran Bruce, spits out a Nintendo GameCube.
  • Gran Bruce's name is quite possibly a reference to Jaws. More specifically, the mechanical shark used in the movie, which was nicknamed Bruce by the crew.
  • The Japanese PlayStation 2 version is called Viewtiful Joe: A New Hope, after the later added subtitle of Star Wars.
  • Most of the names of the stages are puns regarding famous movie names: Some Like It Hot, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Great Escape, Midnight Cowboy and The Magnificent Seven.
  • Take a look at the back of the US GameCube box. It has a robot that looks very much like the R.O.B accessory for the NES console.


The final level has many references to Star Wars:
  • The space dock interior with the the ranks of troops on the black mirror floor looks like the Death Star reception for the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.
  • The Die Fighters have hexagonal wings.
  • Blue tells Sylvia: "I am your father, Sylvia".
  • In the end titles, the Joe and Sylvia poster is subtitled: "In a viewtiful galaxy, far far away".

Viewtiful Joe Revival

Capcom re-released Viewtiful Joe in Japan with some new content and a new, easier difficulty mode titled Suwito (Sweet) on December 18, 2003. The upgraded version is called Viewtiful Joe Revival and is priced at 3,980 Yen ($36).


  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Biggest Console Surprise of the Year (GameCube)
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #4 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2003 - Most Stylish Game of the Year (GameCube)
    • 2004 – Better Late Than Never Award (PS2)
  • Golden Joystick Award
    • 2003 - Unsung Hero Game of the Year
Information also contributed by CaptainCanuck, Garland, German Cruz, Jiguryo, piltdown man, Rupert Breheny, Tiago Jacques , timebender and Thomas Dowding.

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