DescriptionJoe 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.
- "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)
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Time manipulation
- Games made into TV series
- Nintendo Player's Choice releases
- Viewtiful Joe series
- Visual technique / style: Cel shaded
|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||diglot.net (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)|
|G4 TV: X-Play||GameCube||Mar 27, 2006||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 GamesViewtiful Joe appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Alternate PackagingEurope 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 CatA 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
Catchphrase"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!"
InfluencesIn 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.
ReferencesThe 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 RevivalCapcom 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).
- 2003 – Biggest Console Surprise of the Year (GameCube)
- 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
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GameCube Credits (66 people)
54 developers, 12 thanks
Soundelux Design Music GroupVoices :
Dee Bradley Baker (Joe), Christina Puccelli (Silvia), Gregg A. Berger (Captain Blue/King Blue/Narrator), Mikey Kelley (Alastor), Roger Rose (Charles the 3rd/Gran Bruce), Kevin Michael Richardson (Hulk Davidson/Fire Leo), Hideki Kamiya (Six Machine)