No Export for You: Averted with the HD portHeroes Paradise. Ubisoft, the publisher of the original for the Wii, decided not to pick up the HD port for release in North America. Thankfully, Konami has stepped in and will be publishing Heroes Paradise as a PS3 exclusive in the west with PlayStation Move support.
In the Final Battle, you fight, Jeane, a character who makes extensive use of duck-dodging to counter your attacks - a hallmark of the character homonym Gene from God Hand.
Next to the clothing shop, Area 51, there's a shop called Clover.
There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "Chiller7," a reference to Killer7.
The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to Killer7 as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from Flower Sun and Rain. Ermen Palmer is a Captain Ersatz for Garcian Smith, Also ISZK Electronics and ZaKa TV, said TV station being a reference to both Michigan: Report from Hell and Killer7. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.
In the original trailer for the first game, Sylvia instructs Travis to "aim for the top!"
A parody of the Sex Pistols' album, Never Mind The Bollocks..., is displayed across the street from the Beef Head video store.
Another band parody, this time of Black Sabbath, is displayed on a t-shirt you can buy once you become 4th in rank.
Travis' many shirts are ripe with references, referencing everything from previous Grasshopper works (there are several Flower Sun and Rain and The Silver Case designs) to existing magazines and publications to the Rocky Horror Picture Show: one shirt has a very familiar pair of red, open-mouthed lips.
Sylvia Christel is named after actress Sylvia Kristel, mostly known for the role of Emmanuelle in the eponymous french softcore films.
There is one to The Warriors. In Dr. Peace's stage, all the mooks are dressed in baseball gear. Though none of them are wearing face paint like the Furies. Also they have the word Warrior written on the front of their jerseys.
Lyrics to "The Virgin Child Makes Her Wish Without Feeling Anything" (Dr. Peace's song):
Despair, the end of the world I hear the rising phoenix in my dreams And the virgin child made her wish upon a star That night her mother talks no more
Cape of Hope, the end of the dream A shiny fish splashes in a stream And the virgin child loses her heart and soul That night her mother's eyes see no more
When the wind blows The virgin child's corpse sings a song Such a pretty melody, never heard before
No more lullabies The virgin child, smiles from Hell