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Platinum's Inaba: Wonderful 101 Is So Much Fun You'll "Wear Out Your GamePad"

Posted by Damien McFerran

"Actually, the Wii U GamePad is pretty sturdy, so you probably won’t"

Yesterday, we reported that Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya had taken to Twitter to indicate that The Wonderful 101 wasn't a game that would take that long to complete. "If u hate to finish a game the next day u buy it, u better not play TW101," he said. "I focus on how it is fun, not how long it lasts till the ending."

While we personally don't have an issue with games that have to be completed many times over to unlock all of their secrets, some fans understandably reacted badly to the comments — prompting Kamiya's colleague Atsushi Inaba to jump on Twitter to clarify his comments:

So it looks like @PG_Kamiya has caused another bit of controversy. What he is saying is his basic approach to how he creates an action game. The idea is rooted in that you shouldn’t pad your game with content users won’t enjoy in order to control play time to the end of the game. It isn’t something he wants to do, or thinks you should do.

BTW, if you didn’t know @PG_Kamiya is the kind of game director who will pack as much content into the game as he can until he is satisfied. If we were to give in to all of his desires, the game we’d ship would probably be some super-long action game that no one would beat. I’ve been teamed up with @PG_Kamiya as his producer for a long time now, and game length is something I’ve never once worried about.

That means both the length of a single play-through and the replayability of the game. Never worried once. Never. Actually, my job really is to be the one who says “This is too %^&* long! Cut it!”

Of course, even though @pg_kamiya didn’t intend for people to jump to their own conclusions, they did. In this case, that conclusion was “So TW101 is going to be short then?!” Let me make my own conclusion: TW101 will be so much fun you are going to wear out your Wii U GamePad. Actually, the Wii U GamePad is pretty sturdy, so you probably won’t wear it out…

And I’m sorry I can’t explain to you in exact terms why I think you will have so much fun with TW101. I promise there will be plenty of news about the game in the days and weeks to come. But I will say this – Everyone here is working incredibly hard to make sure you say two things about TW101. One: I’m happy I bought a Wii U! — Two: I’m happy I bought The Wonderful 101!

If you ask us, no clarification was required — but Inaba's comments are positive nonetheless. We simply cannot wait to play this game — how about you? Post a comment to share your feelings.


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Big_L91 said:

i acctually want this more since he said that on twitter!
sound really fun! lol.



Zyph said:

Straight from Inaba himself! Getting me more hyped for this game as well as an Iwata Asks interview with Kamiya.



FineLerv said:

I want a 10 hour game that requires more time to unlock things. I've already got Monster Hunter to invest hundreds of hours into, and any online competitive Nintendo game is going to get a fair chunk of my time (Smash Bros, Mario Kart). Single player needs to be short for me to enjoy the experience to the end.



SuperCharlie78 said:

We just need a release date, this was supposed to be in the launch window line up, let's not forget



WiiLovePeace said:

I'm greatly looking forward to this game It is my 2nd most anticipated game after Wind Waker HD. Can't wait!



seronja said:

i don't care how long it lasts, platinum games ( IMHO ) did by far one the best games of this gen ( vanquish, mad world, bayonetta & metal gear rising: revengance )... i have full trust on this game since the dude who produces wonderful 101 also produced okami, viewtiful joe 1&2 & gods hand all very underrated games but very awesome too! i'm looking forward to play this game as soon as possible



Buzzthebatgirl said:

I've played the demo on those Wii U tours quite a lot and really enjoyed it, but I am so not willing to pay full whack for a short game. I don't care how many extra content and unlocks it has post game, if the main game can be completed far to quickly then don't demand a full budget price from the punters.



cornishlee said:

Like I said yesterday: that's what Platinum games are like - clarification shouldn't have been needed but I guess it was for some people.

With all this noise are we finally getting close to a release date?



MadAdam81 said:

@Buzzthebatgirl so you don't play any FPS games? The length of the campaign hasn't got much to do with the amount of content in a game and how many hours you'll sink into it - otherwise Lego games are pointless, along with fighting games and any sandbox game with no story mode.
It'll be best to wait for reviews though, as it doesn't make sense to decide whether or not to buy a game on something so arbitary.



XCWarrior said:

Looks like fun, want to play it... but man we don't even have a release date! Hoping we get one during the May Nintendo Direct focused on Wii U.

Yes, that is a safe prediction to say the least.



Buzzthebatgirl said:

@MadAdam81 pretty much all those games you've mentioned are the kinds I tend to avoid. Personally I can't stand FPS games and I am baffled why the gaming market is flooded with them. Give me a good worth-every-penny RPG any day of the week.



Realgamer4life said:

I remember when I pre ordered my Wii U the guy at gamestop asked me what game I was looking forward to. I responded with wonderful 101. If you look at it this is a game that will honestly full utilize the game pad. To this day I still want this game maybe now more than ever.



DarkNinja9 said:

well at least he tried to clarify cuz the way they put it before it was like they were not trying to sell a game e.O

but yeah another trailer or something come on already D= will it be in a few more days for sure?



GiftedGimp said:

Obvious bamage limitation PR speak. £40+ for a game you'll complete in just a few hours is a Rip-off. replaying to unlock new stuff should always be classed as extra gameplay, not part of the main gameplay.
Stick the the game on eStore around £10-£15max then it's a price thats inline with gameplay length.



MadAdam81 said:

@Buzzthebatgirl That's my preference as well (although I don't mind a bit of FPS multiplayer or strategy), but what about RPGs with a shortish main campaign but lots and lots of sidequests, forcing you to play it for 120 hours?



rjejr said:

Do we actually have a price or time frame yet? Nintendo seems to like giving Q dates. If Game and Wario is only $40 maybe this will be as well?

To the people discussing FPS and Lego games - people don't buy those for a 1 time story playthru, they buy them for many hours of multiplayer. Well unless it's a Lego game on a Nintendo system

This doesn't bode well for a Bayonetta 2 release anytime soon (both Platinum games FYI). Though to be honest I wasn't expecting that until 2014 by how little they've showed of it. And considering WiiU is going from a 6 month long launch window drought to a plethora (if the hype is to be believed) of autumn/holiday releases I'm not really sure there's a place for it before then anyway.



Buzzthebatgirl said:

@MadAdam81 you mean like Pokemon games ? I've played an awful amount of those in my time.

I do find that dropping full price (£40-50) on a new game a very big leap of faith. I have burnt in the past by buying a new game only to realise it was utter rubbish/not my thing. In my own experience RPGs rarely fail at being value for money, when was the last time anyone finished on of those in a weekend?

I am absolutly certain TW101 will be heaps of fun - come on that art style and character design is fantastic, I am so weary if buying it at full price if I will have completed it within a day or two. I guess I'll have to sit and wait for more news on it, but this article is already convincing me to move my funds for this game over to another.



parutena said:

@GiftedGimp I like measuring games in price/hours of play as much as the next idiot but I really wish there was a unit to measure fun because I'd much rather go price/amount of fun. That said game length is not something to base price on imo...I would like a great short game instead of an okay long game.
I guess we don't know about W101 yet but I'd be willing to bet it'll be the former.



indienapolis said:

@GiftedGimp What are you basing this speculation on? I agree that release is damage control, it's more than implied in the release itself, but already deciding what the game is worth?? A little ahead of yourself, aren't you?



Tryken said:

Is it crazy that I'm more excited for Wonderful 101 than any other announced game for the Wii U? Pikmin 3 will probably be my first entry into the Pikmin series, so I'm not feeling it yet. And everything else of note hasn't been announced yet. Either way, Wonderful 101 is the game I'm most looking forward to on my Wii U as of right now.



ultraraichu said:

Sounds like my type of game. Fun, not too long story and with alot of contents for replay. That what make up my 3ds and wii u top play list.



Davidiam007 said:

I'm so getting this game. I'm turning off my phone(after I order pizza, yeah I'm American), locking the doors and play the crap out of tis game!



Mizzah_Tee said:

This game has a Saturday morning Super Nintendo arcade action feel to it. If that makes sense to you, you know where I'm coming from



strongest_link said:

I feel like I still don't know enough about this game to be really excited. I expect this game will be very good, so I'm intrigued. But I think I need to see more before I can really look forward to it.



strongest_link said:

@Tryken You should go back and play the first two Pikmin games. I think they're worth it, and if you get the Wii versions, you can even play them on your shiny new Wii U!



AtomicToaster said:

But its the first controller that you can't buy a replacement yet I don't wanna wear it out haha!



ompgsag said:


Games that you only play once really suck, so you must play some awful games. Action games have always been about multiple replays, not some hashed-out story with long cutscenes and useless filler content.



RikuzeYre said:

Bayonetta really hit the mark on that one, and if you unlocked Jeanne you could play it over again on that really ridiculous difficulty level XD



Knux said:

Why are people making such a big deal about the length of the game? If it contains as much replay value as Star Fox 64, then I'll sure as hell buy it.

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