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Video: New Wonderful 101 Trailer Explains Techniques of Teamwork

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Also shows a future of enormous, snaking school buses

Included within today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, a new trailer for The Wonderful 101 delves a bit more into the story behind the versatile team and their capabilities thanks to a secret agent-sounding voiceover.

The combat agents of the Wonderful 100 (the extra 1, of course, is you) were organized in secret by the United Nations to stand up against alien invasions. In addition to their collaborative tool-forming skills, the trailer also shows off Unite Build, which grants the ability to add to or extend existing structures in the environment. You can see it all for yourself below:

The Wonderful 101 is scheduled to release 23rd August in Europe and 15th September in North America. You can always check out our hands-on preview of the game if you’re looking for more until then.

Does the new trailer pique your interest in the game any further? Let us know in the comments below.

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rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

2 hours and only 4 comments? Makes me feel better about the usual low turn-out for Pikmin 3 articles.

Game Overview still reads 1 player. Iwata confirmed in the E3 Direct that it can have up to 5. I know that's only probably for minigame challenge stuff but I wouldn't buy this if it only had 1 player and that was it. Plus 5 player means some sort of "asymmetrical" gameplay so that's gotta be a plus.

Still not sure if I'm buying it as it still looks like a $15 DL (the aforementiond WVA and Awesomenauts and some other PSN games look nearly this good). Will wait for a review, Tank, Tank, Tank seemed good too ;-)

Gen0neD

#6

Gen0neD said:

@rjejr I can understand why you'd be hesitant, but as it stands, Platinum's "worst" games are Vanquish and Anarchy Reigns. Which also happen to be 2 awesome games. Fear not. Platinum will not steer you wrong. Calling it now...9/10. Watch...

sinalefa

#7

sinalefa said:

Again, I will be getting this one over Rayman Legends in September and I intend to pay full price for it.

JaxonH

#9

JaxonH said:

@rjejr True, quality games can usually be discerned from the garbage, and this is definitely no $15 eShop game. Art styles aside, I think the above commenter nailed it saying that this game just reeks awesomeness. The depth of gameplay, the level of strategy, the expertly crafted gamepad integration, and the fact that this is from Platinum Games, speaks volumes for the quality of W101. In my eyes Platinum can do no wrong. We're talking Hideki Kamiya here- Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, Okami, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 (had to throw the sequel in the list, it just looks so freikin epic!)... yeah, I would be utterly stupefied if this game wasn't everything it looks to be and then some. Respectfully, Tank Tank Tank never had anything on W101, it's nowhere near being in the same league. If you haven't yet, I'd recommend watching some of the gameplay videos of W101- I think there was a developer direct for it from E3, but I could be mistaken? Idk, I'm pretty good at calling which games are gonna be must-have masterpieces, and I definitely think this will be one of them.

R_Champ

#11

R_Champ said:

@sinalefa

Same. If I have enough money for both, I'll get both, but SMT IV and W101 have a much higher priority for me because they're exclusive.

CliffordB

#12

CliffordB said:

I really do like how this game looks, the graphics look fantastic, but, no matter how many trailer's they release I'm still not convinced about the actual gameplay, I still don't know what type of game it's supposed to be? it always looks like it falls into the "Strategy" genre, which personally is not my thing at all.

rjejr

#16

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - "Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, Okami, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2"

Well, obviously I can't argue that lineage, they're all stellar games, but I still don't know what they set out to make this time. I've seen the videos, and it looks great, but it doesn't look like GTAV, MGSV, Last of Us or Beyond: 2 Souls (all this gen, not next, next would be unfair even if WiiU is considered next gen as well). That's what I think of when I think retail $60 game in 2013. Or "X" or Bayonetta 2. That's the way my brain works. Not saying it won't be one of those games, but I'm waiting for a review.

@Gen0neD - Vanquish was good - played it w/ PS+ - but it was sort of short and lacked replay value. Never heard of Anarchy Reigns, but it came out in Jan and is now $17 but as you said it's the worst of their games. Bayonetta rocked and 2 is pretty much a given. I wouldn't be surprised if W101 got a 9/10, but it could also get a 6/10 (not likely less) if the gameplay mechanics don't work right or if it has a 2 hour storyline, so watch it I will.

@CliffordB - "I really do like how this game looks, the graphics look fantastic, but, no matter how many trailer's they release I'm still not convinced about the actual gameplay, I still don't know what type of game it's supposed to be?"

What he said.

RawkHawk013

#17

RawkHawk013 said:

definitely watch the developer's interview for this game as mentioned above, this game has really caught my attention!

element187

#18

element187 said:

@CliffordB I'd call it "Action Strategy" ... where yes, some elements are strategy, but it looks to be a real time action game as well.... This has to be a new breed of game, I never seen anything like it before.

Shambo

#19

Shambo said:

@Gen0neD Instead of Anarchy reigns I'd much rather have seen a proper new Jack game. It was fun for a while, but it really didn't do Jack any justice.

Both their games in the making for Wii U are on my 'day one' list though ;)

edit: heck, they're even part of the reason I never hesitated for getting a Wii U.

guttertalk

#20

guttertalk said:

It looks like a beat 'em up, which can be fun. After watching the E3 gameplay videos and reading some of the hands-on, it seems that the main thing is finding the right unite power to use. The bosses don't seem to have weak points, but they have behavior patterns, which sort of seem to affect how effective your actions are. You can choose what unite powers to get or level up.

Unless the previews are misleading, it's really about the unite powers and there's no control of the individual/groups of heroes (as you might with Pikmin). It seems that they're mainly a kind of energy supply: The more heroes, the more powerful the unite powers. There are combos and defensive moves, too.

Simple games can still be fun (New Leaf, Pokemon), but this isn't a deep game from what we've seen and been told.

Akira_1975

#21

Akira_1975 said:

This game has incredible potential. I could actually see a movie being made from this. Nintendo NEEDS to pump this game hard. If I were in charge I would already have teasers on TV with the upcoming release date. Nintendo, please for the love of God don't let this become another cult classic.

GrimSh

#22

GrimSh said:

I'm still not completely sold on the game yet. I'll wait for the reviews before I pick this up.

Player4

#23

Player4 said:

So that's why it's called The Wonderful 101, because I'm #101. Thanks Nintendolife!

rjejr

#24

rjejr said:

Just in Target watching the video on the WiiU and yeah ok it looks like a real console game and not a $15 DL. The Gamepad was disconnected though so I only got to watch it once.

Heres a bigger WiiU issue though. While I was watching the trailer for this, Pikmin 3 and Lego City on the WiiU the big screen next to it was showing ads for Bioshock Infinte, GTA5, and some Gears of War game. Ild personally rather play the 3 WiiU games than those 3, but it really sets the WiiU and its games apart, and not in a good way. I know things will even out a bit w/ X, Bayonetta 2, Watch_Dogs, AC4 and Batman, but right now I can see why the WiiU isnt flying off the shelves.

takyon98

#26

takyon98 said:

only thing i dont like is that the game looks plasticity but it looks awesome. Idk if it'll sell units, but im so gonna play this. I love platinum games, games!

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