No More Heroes 3 Hired Shao Kahn To Voice A Cat

A composite image featuring Mortal Kombat 11's Shao Kahn and No More Heroes 3's Jeane the cat.

I’m having a tough time telling which is which.
Image: NetherRealm Studios / Grasshopper Manufacture / Kotaku

Close your eyes and film a cat. A fuzzy feline, purring away within the afternoon solar. Now, think about that cat can speak. What does it sound like? Cute as a button? Perhaps somewhat sassy? Nothing like Shao Kahn, former emperor of Outworld and main antagonist of the Mortal Kombat­ franchise, proper? Well, that’s the trail No More Heroes 3 has chosen as a result of, as everyone knows, director Goichi “Suda51” Suda is a crazy person.

After its E3 2021 presentation, Nintendo offered demos for upcoming video games by its Treehouse classes. No More Heroes 3 was there, proper alongside Metroid Dread and Mario Golf: Super Rush, however didn’t make it to the dwell stream for apparent, Mature rating-related causes.

Still, it’s arduous to complain when the corporate uploaded nearly half an hour of footage for the upcoming sport to YouTube, particularly when that footage features a transient snippet of Ike Amadi, who played Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 11, voicing Travis’ cat, Jeane. Just remember to flip up your quantity otherwise you received’t hear him over the occasional commentary from Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

I don’t find out about you, however I find it irresistible.

No More Heroes 3 continues the story of Travis Touchdown, who in some way managed to develop into a world-renowned murderer over the course of the earlier two video games regardless of being a whole loser. (Okay, the laser sword most likely had one thing to do with it, however I digress.) Suda51 noticed match to revive the franchise that made him a family identify with 2019’s Travis Strikes Again spin-off, and now he’s again within the director’s chair for one more mainline installment.

Although a relentless presence in earlier video games, Jeane the cat was by no means a significant a part of the No More Heroes story till Travis Strikes Again. The aspect story gave her a voice by the text-based, visual novel interludes, throughout which she usually chats with Travis, but it surely wasn’t till the ending credit of the principle sport that we have been handled to it. Up till that time, Jeane had been content material to lounge round Travis’ house and meow, so it got here as fairly a shock that she might speak.

Fun reality: Jeane’s single line of spoken dialogue in Travis Strikes Again (she’s the one who says, “Shut up, I can’t sleep!” within the video above, by the way in which) was apparently recorded by Kris Zimmerman-Salter, who was accountable for the sport’s casting and voice path.

No phrase on what occurred to Jeane for her voice to vary so dramatically within the two years which have handed between Travis Strikes Again and No More Heroes 3. Maybe it has one thing to do with the aliens invading Earth, or possibly it’s simply one other one in all Suda51’s eccentricities. He’s method too punk rock to be restrained by issues like continuity and conventional voiceovers, in spite of everything.

Maybe we’ll study extra when No More Heroes 3 involves Nintendo Switch on August 27.


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