Viewtiful Joe Review

Viewtiful Joe is a beat ’em up platformer from Capcom. This video game was released for Nintendo GameCube in 2003 and PlayStation 2 in 2004.

Viewtiful Joe has become a hidden gem because Capcom has forgotten about it! Forgotten gem is maybe the better phrase to call it as no HD Remaster or Remake has ever been released. Watch my full Viewtiful Joe Review on my YouTube channel, below.

Viewtiful Joe Review & Retrospective Video

I became reintroduced to Viewtiful Joe when I went through a retro video game haul — “unboxing” the first bin of a stash of PS2, GameCube, and original Xbox games had been in storage for years. I decided to try out Viewtiful Joe over the other games in that bin because completion time was only around 8 hours.

I had a ton of fun with Viewtiful Joe while working on this review.

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Viewtiful Joe

The game plays out more than just running from A to B to C with a boss at the end. There is platforming, puzzle-solving, and even some light Metroidvania-esq backtracking. Not to mention the unique combo system that includes both a button to slow down the action and one to speed it up.

Viewtiful Joe has a lot to offer. Multiple characters to unlock, including Dante from Devil May Cry! These aren’t just palette swaps either, every unlockable character includes their own playstyle, moves, and abilities, and shop unlocks.

I have to give Viewtiful Joe a 5 out of 5.

I have to say I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this forgotten beat ‘em up platformer. It’s so good that I’m torn about going into Viewtiful Joe 2 or seeing how I fare on higher difficulties or maybe giving Dante a whirl.

Have you ever played Viewtiful Joe? Are there other beat ’em up style video games I should check out? Let me know in the comments and make sure to watch the video review!