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PlatinumGames Gradually Tells All About The Wonderful 101

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It's their game, so no embargoes

The Wonderful 101 is the next high-profile Wii U exclusive on the horizon, due 23rd August in Europe and 15th September in North America. It's one of two system exclusives being developed by PlatinumGames, so as a result it's pretty clear that it's going to be a high-octane action experience with enough craziness to make your eyeballs expode. Or at least it looks that way.

Ahead of the game's arrival, and in order to help gamers understand exactly what kind of experience this is, the developer is producing daily blog entries on its official website. The first is written by the game's Director, Hideki Kamiya, in his own unique style; an excerpt is below.

It’s been some time since I directed my last game, “Bayonetta,” and I’ve been busy upholding my name as Twitter Master in the meanwhile. However, it’s about time I unleashed a new game upon the world, so it looks like I’ll finally be able to regain my original title of Game Designer!

Anyway, since “The Wonderful 101” is a completely new game, I’m sure most people out there still have no idea what it’s about, despite the fact that the release date is not too far away. Most people seem to be going “Oh, that’s that game with the ridiculously large crowd of characters running around, right?” or “Wait, is that the game where you play as a dog?” or “Wonderful What? Never heard of it.”

...If I had to give a brief description of this game, I would say that it’s a simple, pure Action Game in which you become a hero and defeat bad guys. It doesn’t require a lot of deep thought. It’s just that there’s a few… well, a LOT… more heroes than in your average game.

Subsequent posts are packed with detail on battle systems, prominent characters and more, with enough screenshots to make each and every entry look very pretty. To check them out head on over to http://platinumgames.com/blog/ and scroll down until you find the first entry in the series, they're certainly worth a read.

[via platinumgames.com]

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DePapier

#4

DePapier said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=oQLHxmPlj64

Here's the new video of Wonder-Red I was talking about. I don't know why but I only found it on Nintendo Everything, not even Nintendo's Youtube channel...

Edit: I just noticed it's embedded into the episode 4 of the blog, but not in a Youtube video format.

seronja

#5

seronja said:

this is going to be my first must own title for wii u, cant wait for bayonetta 2 tho i bought the wii u just for bayonetta 2 =) PlatinumGames rule!! xD

banacheck

#6

banacheck said:

PlatinumGames are excellent developers, so you know The Wonderful 101 is going to be an excellent game. Thay make games with good replay value also challenging, so i hope there is meny difficulty levels. So as you can see i'm looking forwards to playing The Wonderful 101.

Peach64

#7

Peach64 said:

I really hope this turns out to be good so it can sit alongside Pikmin 3 as a reason to buy a Wii U. Still going to wait for reviews though. Platinum/Clover are like Monolith, in that they've made some of my favourite games, but they have also made some pretty bad games, so they're not in that 'you know it will be great' category for me. Looks very promising though.

DePapier

#8

DePapier said:

Now though, I really need to rant about this, and Kamiya himself was ranting about this. We all know that after Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 is the next first-party AAA title to come out on Wii U. How come next to no websites are following the reveals PlatinumGames are making into their blog as we're getting closer to launch?? We're at episode 4 now, come on!! How come only ONE website as gotten its hand on Wonder-Red's character clip??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=oQLHxmPlj64

News on the Wii U compared to other platforms are near abysmal, so why aren't media making the most out of those that are truly important??

DePapier

#9

DePapier said:

We still have Wonder-Blue, Wonder-Green and Wonder-Pink coming at least, so I really hope to see those entries on this website. It really isn't comfortable to talk about a game with other people on the forums when for some reasons we don't share the same data even before the game is released.

Emblem

#12

Emblem said:

@Peach64 Platinum have yet to make a bad game imo, below is every Platinum game so far:

MadWorld Wii - Critical acclaim
Infinite Space Nintendo DS - Critical acclaim
Bayonetta PS3/ Xbox 360 - Critical acclaim
Vanquish PS3/ Xbox 360 - Critical acclaim
Anarchy Reigns PS3/Xbox 360 - Low sales and mixed reviews but mostly low/average (Personally loved this but this is the only PG game that has not received praise for anything which is sad considering its basicly Mad World 2 just in colour and multiplayer focused.)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PS3/Xbox 360 - Mixed reviews but mostly high (Awesome game i hope they keep this spin off series going)

Thats not including Okami, Viewtiful Joe and Godhand from when they were Clover studios, all three are also highly critically acclaimed.

I own every single PG & CG game and they have yet to disappoint me. I think they need a demo in the Wii U shop though as gamers in the west often have issues with unorthodox games especially those from Japan.

ThomasBW84Admin

#13

ThomasBW84 said:

@DePapier We'll do plenty of coverage, but whether we'll report every single blog entry is something else entirely, that seems unlikely to me. We'll cover items that are particularly interesting revelations, but probably not a blow by blow account of every character reveal. We're pointing to the blog and always look for interesting news, but we don't post anything and everything, it's not our site style.

For example, we don't do an article for every Smash Bros. screen revealed daily. We may add screenshots to the game page or occasionally do a fun feature highlighting some favourites instead. If the PG 101 blog brings up various tid-bits, some kind of "everything we know" article may be on the agenda ahead of the game arriving (that might be fun), if there's enough to write about.

MAN1AC

#14

MAN1AC said:

Imo this is by far the best looking game on the Wii U this year. Hopefully it meets my expectations.

Volmun

#15

Volmun said:

@Emblem Agreed completely (i also loved Anarchy Rains althow i do with the story mode was a bit longer but still fantastic game thow. ) + i love random JPN games like this cant wate going to get it when i have the munny (and when it's out ofc lol)

Warbeard

#17

Warbeard said:

Im afraid this game won't help sell a lot of Wii Us - I sadly think that the common gamer will dismiss this as a sort of 'crazy game'. Hopefully, when all the bighitters DO manage to sell a lot, people will also come back and buy some of the older, yet still great, games

ricklongo

#18

ricklongo said:

So stoked for this one. Even though it's not a first-party title, it seems filled to the brim with classic Nintendo magic.

BATRA

#19

BATRA said:

WE NEED A NINTENDO DIRECT FOR THE WII U TO NO MORE ABOUT NEW GAMES

Metaknight_3Raw

#20

Metaknight_3Raw said:

I really hope people will support this game if it's good. I've already pre-ordered it. It's important to show good offerings from second and third parties have as much of a home as Mario or Zelda on the Wii U.

Shambo

#21

Shambo said:

@seronja These two, and Pikmin 3, ZombiU and Lego City (and Scribblenauts... right) were my must haves revealed before WiiU launched. All great games so far! Also, of course, when getting a new Nintendo, EVERYONE knows the top quality first party games are coming. So it's still a no-brainer. Nintendo makes a new system, I save money for day one purchase.

jrwchil

#23

jrwchil said:

Can you get Nintendo Directs on the original Wii? I hope you can, as it has a very large base of consumers to view them.

Jukilum

#24

Jukilum said:

@DePapier Most mainstream media don't like to report on news that doesn't fit their narrative. For most games journalism that narrative is that Nintendo is doomed with no hope of recovery.

I am grateful for NLife's approach though, since their reporting that the blog is there but not reporting everything that's there. If I want to know exactly what the blog says I'll go to it.

ACK

#27

ACK said:

Lately been maniacally fondling my pre-order slip for W101 more than my actual controllers/handhelds. (Partially due to SMIV's sleep-inducing start... Which seems to cause my 3DS to escape my grasp...)

The argument over whether to dress up as a team of Pikmin/explorers or a band of Wonder-heroes has already set off a vigorous gaming competition; the likes of which will likely send shockwaves down the family line for generations to come...

One thing's for sure... I know where I stand: Unite Up!

JaxonH

#28

JaxonH said:

@DePapier I know right,...the level of bias is unprecedented, and it's extremely upsetting. These games coming out on Wii U all look really excellent, REALLY excellent. But it seems everyone and their mom wants to diminish anything that has to do with the Wii U- they want the console to fail. They want to act like the incoming games aren't a big deal. They want to act like there's nothing to be excited for. If they DID run a story hyping up a game like Pikmin 3 or Wonderful 101, it would counter everything they've worked so hard to achieve in doing their part to make Nintendo irrelevant.

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