Summary: Platinum Games has made a name for themselves as the go-to developer for over-the-top intense action games. From 'MadWorld' and 'Vanquish' to the fan favorite 'Bayonetta' and even ' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ', their focus has been on incredibly tight brawler controls and fast-paced experiences. Most recently, they have lent their development skills to the Wii U and provided Nintendo with the exclusive title, 'The Wonderful 101.
Excerpt: If the Wii U were to have a killer app - it would be The Wonderful 101 . The bright and colorful action game is remarkably fun and even charming at times. It's deceptively deep and manages to change how you'll deal with a number of very old gaming clichés. Be warned though, just when it starts to seem like the game it could be, The Wonderful 101 shoots itself in the foot by failing to fully utilize the Wii U's gamepad.
Excerpt: Pikmin met The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. They fell in love, got married and had a baby. That baby is The Wonderful 101. This is part Power Rangers, part Pikmin, and all campy 60s super heroes. Mix in a little Nintendo and you have yourself a Wii U game that hardcore gamers are going to worship.
Excerpt: Camera annoyances aside, my biggest complaint with W101 is the fact that it was supposed to be a “launch window” title and, like so many Wii U titles, was repeatedly delayed. I waited ten long months between picking up my Wii U and the release of the game that originally convinced me to buy it. Fortunately, the wait was more than worth it.
Pros: Crazy over-the-top superhero powers and story, deep combat filled with hidden surprises
Cons: Perhaps too hardcore, many surprises “hidden” due to dearth of tutorials, camera issues
Excerpt: Platinum Games has quickly become a fan favorite developer. Their particularly eccentric style mixed with over-the-top and unique gameplay ensures that each title provides for a thrilling ride that always seems to strike the right the chords within many. Their latest endeavor, and first Wii U exclusive, The Wonderful 101 , continues Platinum Games' growing legacy of original, quirky, and impressively fun titles with gusto.
Summary: The Wonderful 101 was originally pitched as a Nintendo franchise crossover title, and the remnants of that plan remain in the final design. The cast of playable characters are all easily linked to some of Nintendo's biggest names. Wonder Red (the game's lead) can break blocks and shoot fireballs with his hands, not unlike the worlds most beloved super-powered, baby-bodied plumber.
Conclusion: Concept: Perform feats of derring-do while controlling a mob of superheroes
Graphics: Bright colors and a cartoony style make this an excellent homage to the Japanese heroes-and-aliens TV shows that inspired it
Sound: Corny dialogue and heroic music accompany the action well
Playability: It uses the GamePad in innovative ways, but drawing shapes with the touch screen or right analog stick doesn’t always work
Entertainment: The overblown characters and dialogue are great,...
Excerpt: The Wonderful 101 is a loving amalgamation of famed designer Hideki Kamiya’s best work. It has Bayonetta’s knowing humor, Viewtiful Joe’s comic-book spirit, and Okami’s sense of ingenuity. The game is more than a “greatest hits” though, and manages to dazzle on its own merit. Thanks to the novel Unite Morph mechanic, there’s never been a game quite like The Wonderful 101 despite it having the action game sensibilities of Kamiya’s previous titles.