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Suda 51’s Lollipop Chainsaw has been unable to crack the NPD’s list of bestselling games since it was released in June. However, that hasn’t stopped it from becoming the most popular Grasshopper Manufacture-developed game ever.
The developer revealed the news this weekend during a “Summer Appreciation Event” in celebration of the game. All told, Grasshopper Manufacture, and publisher Kadokawa Games, have shipped over 700,000 copies of the title worldwide. I guess a lot of people love the idea of a teenage cheerleader cutting down zombies with a chainsaw.
For comparison’s sake, Grasshopper’s previous game, last year’s Shadows of the Damned, sold less than 25,000 copies in its first month of availability in the US.
At first glance, the pairing of game developer Goichi “Suda 51” Suda and filmmaker James Gunn seemed to come out of nowhere. But a shared love of pop culture brought them together and allowed them to create the madcap world of Lollipop Chainsaw‘s resident zombie slayer, Juliet Starling.
Naturally, neither one could resist packing it with as many pop culture references as they could think of… (more…)
Lollipop Chainsaw has been surrounded by a whirring tornado of hype ever since it was announced last year. The combination of Suda51’s twisted sensibilities and a minimally dressed cheerleader beheading zombies with a chainsaw destroyed the Internet’s collective mind. Now that it’s finally here, there’s no way the adventures of Juliet Starling and her bodyless boyfriend Nick could ever live up to all that hype. But what we got instead is an entertaining new entry in the “hack and slash” canon that is actually a sweet story of love and family.
I swear I’m not making that up. (more…)
Lollipop Chainsaw special edition includes Buffybot
The makers of Lollipop Chainsaw have released a new live-action trailer promoting the game’s special edition. If your wallet can handle it, you can head down to your favorite retailer on June 12 and come away with a copy of the game and a life-size Juliet Starling robot that will “do anything.”
Warning: The Lollipop Chainsaw special edition doesn’t exist, so you won’t be able to purchase a robotic Juliet-in-a-box. Nor does such a robot even exist. I’m sorry.
Is this video a comment on the out-of-control contents of some special editions and the pre-teen mindset of most male gamers? Or is it an obvious reference to the Buffybot from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or is this just another excuse to have Jessica Nigri prance around in Juliet’s barely there cheerleader costume?
Ever since it was announced, Grasshopper Manufacture and WB Games have used a series of over-the-top videos to promote Lollipop Chainsaw. But they’ve chosen a slightly different approach for their latest video as writer James Gunn and Creative Director Suda 51 got together on the Lollipop Chainsaw bus to discuss the method to the game’s madness.
The seemingly normal pair touches on the genesis of the game, the motivations of Juliet and Nick, the difficulties of writing a game script versus a screenplay, and the ridiculousness of Juliet’s catchphrase (“What the dick?”).
Lollipop Chainsaw will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on June 12 and I can’t wait.
Juliet Starling’s cheerleader-honed gymnastics won’t be the only way you’ll dispatch zombies in Lollipop Chainsaw. Zombie killing is the family business and her sisters, sharpshooter Cordelia and explosives expert Rosalind, will be on hand to help.
Also, the trailer above confirms my worst fear… Justin Bieber is a demon and he must be stopped!
Lollipop Chainsaw will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on June 12.
Lollipop Chainsaw was definitely the hottest game at this weekend’s PAX East expo. Between the lengthy line to play a demo, the awesome foam chainsaws available at the booth, and a cosplaying cheerleader that showed so much skin she was removed from the show floor, everyone was trying to sit in the back of WB’s bus. But what about the demo? (more…)