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Platform Wii U Publisher Nintendo Developer PlatinumGames Inc. Release Date 09/15/2013

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The Wonderful 101 review: mob mentality

My unwavering optimism was a credit to the game’s relentlessly jubilant presentation, its boundless variety, its desperate eagerness to please its player. The fact that the fun I kept hoping for out of The Wonderful 101 rarely materialized was due to … well, basically everything else. All the team's powers are created by forming a weapon or item from the 100 members of the team When Earth is under attack, we call on the Wonderful 100, an international team of superheroes that we’re introduced to as they try to stave off an attack from intergalactic invaders known as the Geathjerk. The Wonderful 100 is lead by Wonder-Red, an unassuming schoolteacher with the ability to form a giant red energy fist. More specifically, he’s able to form a fist from the other members of his...

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Ubisoft Digital Days, Wonderful 101, iPhones: Speed Run

There's a new trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, and it's got space gunfights and helicopter-attacking dogs. We review The Wonderful 101, Platinum Games' new action opus for the Wii U. Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, Rayman Fiesta Run and a few more games were revealed this morning as part of Ubisoft's Digital Days event. Apple unveiled two new iPhones: the budget-priced iPhone 5C, and the more powerful iPhone 5S. We know you probably only care about that last story. Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer has a space gunfight and a canine helicopter takedown The Wonderful 101 review: mob mentality Assassin's Creed Liberation HD coming to PS3, 360 and PC Rayman Fiesta Run is a festive follow-up to Jungle Run The new games, familiar places and Assassin's Creeds of Ubisoft's Digital Days Two...

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Hideki Kamiya on his scrapped Nintendo all-stars game and giving up on Star Fox

In an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata published last month, Hideki Kamiya revealed that his latest game, The Wonderful 101, originally began as a title that would bring together a group of Nintendo all-stars and other popular characters. Instead of fighting each other like Super Smash Bros., they would have fought together. The complexity of that idea ultimately led to it being scrapped. However, the concept of putting dozens of playable characters on screen — initially, Platinum's solution to please Nintendo fans by having everyone appear all at once — and having them all fight cooperatively lived on. The game became The Wonderful 101, due to hit the Wii U later this month in North America. In an interview with Polygon this weekend, Kamiya says the Nintendo...

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The Wonderful 101 originally conceived as a game featuring Nintendo all-stars

In the latest edition of Iwata Asks, in which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata gently grills game creators, the developers behind The Wonderful 101 discuss the origins of the "mass hero action game." According to The Wonderful 101 game director Hideki Kamiya, the title originally started as a game that would bring together famous Nintendo characters. "It started out with an order from [Platinum Games CEO Tetsuya] Minami, saying 'Think up a plan to bring together world famous characters with Nintendo characters at its center, appearing all in one game,'" Kamiya said. He cited two 8-bit all-star games, Konami's Wai Wai World and Bandai's Famicom Jump, which brought together characters from numerous franchises, as two classic titles that he "really loved." "There are a lot of all-star...

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Nintendo bringing The Wonderful 101 panel, 25 games to PAX Prime

PAX Prime attendees will get the chance to play a long list of new and upcoming games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS later this month, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which will be playable by the public for the first time at the show. Nintendo will have a dedicated Pokémon Gaming Lounge set up on the second floor of the Washington State Convention Center where Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be playable. Nintendo will showcase 12 Wii U titles from first-party and third-party developers, including Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Bayonetta 2 and Sonic Lost World. Nintendo 3DS games on display include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and, for the first time, Retro City Rampage. Wii U game The Wonderful 101 will...

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Japan Review Check: Wonderful 101, Lost Planet 3

A quick look at the most interesting games coming out in Japan next week, as reviewed in the new issue of Famitsu magazine. This issue features the first game in a pretty long time to score straight 10's from all four reviewers. The lucky recipient: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, a brawler based on the cult-hit manga. The game's developed by CyberConnect2, makers of the Naruto fighting games that Famitsu's editors have given about a million 10's to in the past, so it's perhaps not as much of a surprise as you'd think. "It's really neat how all these unique poses and sound effects get shown onscreen without messing up the tempo at all," wrote editor Reona Ebihara. "Each character's moves are unique, and the intricate, stylish design behind all the Ripple and Stand moves is...

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Wonderful 101 creators discuss heroism and the anxiety of launching a new franchise

The Wonderful 101 is out in a couple days in Europe and Japan (next month in the US), and already it's done well with the games press, scoring a 39 out of 40 review score in this week's issue of Famitsu. To director Hideki Kamiya, the launch brings him equal measures of happiness and anxiety. "I always like to be in the trenches of game development," the Platinum Games designer told Famitsu, "so my biggest worry right now is how many people are going to try it out. To be honest, I think that working on a new IP requires a sort of bravery that you don't need with a franchise. At the same time, I think it's a vital part of the experience that you play the game right at the time that it's born. I wanted this game to be a good thing for people to run into, and I think that if you try it...

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The Wonderful 101 zany launch video introduces Wonder heroes

The launch video for Platinum Games' "mass hero action" game for Wii U, The Wonderful 101, is neck-deep in the game's zany gameplay. The video introduces the alter egos of the game's seven playable heroes — all named Wonder and their corresponding color — and their respective abilities. At the players command, the superheroes can turn into giant forms, such as "Unite Hand," where the team combines to form a giant shield-weilding hand and "Wonderize Blue" that will make them form a blue sword. A demo for The Wonderful 101 is now available on the Nintendo Wii U eShop in Europe and Japan. Platinum Games revealed in a post on the company's official blog, that North American Wii U owners will have to "wait a little longer for the demo." Polygon recently went hands-on with the...

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Xbox One, Cory Barlog, The Wonderful 101, Amazon: Speed Run

Multiple users can share one Xbox Live Gold accounts on the Xbox One. God of War director Cory Barlog is returning to Sony Santa Monica. We went hands-on with Platinum Games' The Wonderful 101 for Wii U. Amazon might be working on an Android console of its own. Xbox One allows households to share Live Gold status on one console with Home Gold God of War director Cory Barlog returns to Sony Santa Monica Platinum Games shows off The Wonderful 101's free-flowing combat Amazon reportedly launching an Android-operated console this year

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The Wonderful 101 demo available now in Europe and Japan

A demo for The Wonderful 101 is now available on the Nintendo Wii U eShop in Europe and Japan, developer Platinum Games announced today. The announcement was made following a special Nintendo Direct presentation focused on the title, which will launch in Europe on Aug. 23, Japan the following day and in North America on Sept. 15. In a post on the company's official blog, Platinum Games said North American Wii U owners will have to wait a little longer for the demo. The post hinted that the demo may be available soon, cautioning players: "don't start reading any long books." Polygon recently went hands-on with The Wonderful 101, and you can check out our preview of the game's free-flowing combat here.

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Platinum Games shows off The Wonderful 101's free-flowing combat

Developer Platinum Games detailed The Wonderful 101's free-flowing chain-combo combat system in today's Nintendo Direct, and Polygon got a chance to see this in action during a recent hands-on session with the game's single-player mode. In today's Nintendo Direct, hosted by Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya, the developer went through the various team attacks players will be able to employ during battles. Using either the analog stick or drawing directly onto the GamePad, players can select their group of heroes to create Unite Morphs, which are the main kind of attacks that will be used throughout the game. The Unite Morphs can be purchased from The Wonderful Mart – a kind of store for superheroes where players can spend the money they make from playing the game to buy new tools. The...

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  • Wii U
    • Released 09/15/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer PlatinumGames Inc.
    • Score 6.0
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