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This game is different from the previous incarnations, whereas this one takes its gameplay from the Super Smash Bros. series. The game features the main heroes, Joe, Capt. Blue and Silvia, along with many others as well as a group of villains fighting each other in a series of battles in multiple environments, such as a construction site, a warehouse and a wrestling ring to name a few.

The story has Captain Blue getting ready to shoot a new movie, but has trouble deciding who will be the lead character, so he sets up a tournament of the heroes to determine it. The player takes control of one of the three heroes, battling a set of enemies, each stage having their own set objectives to complete in order to advance. There is also a party mode that can support up to four-different players in an all out brawl. Players can collect "VFX Orbs" throughout the fight, collecting enough will allow the player to use a VFX power on the opponent(s).

The PSP port is virtually the same same, but with added content exclusive to it, a single player Trial Mode, where the player competes in a series of mini-games, the ability to play as Dante from the Devil May Cry series and a game sharing feature that lets players play wirelessly using Ad-Hoc and play certain stages using only one disc.


Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble PSP Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble title screen
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble PSP Viewtiful Joe: Battle Carnival title screen

Promo Images

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Screenshot
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Screenshot
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Concept Art
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Viewtiful Joe VFX Battle" -- working title
  • "Viewtiful Joe: Battle Carnival" -- Japanese title
  • "ビューティフルジョー バトルカーニバル" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Target PSP Apr 19, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZone PSP Apr 10, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
Boomtown PSP Jul 06, 2006 7 out of 10 70 PSP May 22, 2006 67 out of 100 67
GamesRadar GameCube Mar 27, 2006 6 out of 10 60
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PSP Jun 13, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy GameCube Nov 11, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 GameCube Sep 15, 2006 60 out of 100 60 PSP Jun 16, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Gameplanet GameCube May 05, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Bought new... 3 Big John WV (27242)
Mar 13, 2009


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