PlatinumGames is bringing back The Wonderful 101, the developer’s 2013 Wii U game, in “remastered” form for Nintendo Switch. This time, however, Platinum isn’t working with the game’s former publisher, Nintendo, but is turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund development of The Wonderful 101: Remastered — with plans to bring the game to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC as well.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered’s Kickstarter campaign launched Monday afternoon. The original campaign asked for about $50,000 in crowdfunding to remaster and self-publish the game on Switch, with stretch goals to bring the game to PC via Steam (at $250,000) and PS4 (at $500,000). Within hours, PlatinumGames easily met those two announced stretch goals.
Platinum also hints at additional content coming to The Wonderful 101: Remastered, to be unlocked through stretch goals, but details on that content and specific crowdfunding amounts weren’t revealed.
The Kickstarter campaign lists a lengthy amount of digital and physical rewards. The Wonderful 101: Remastered is planned to be released both digitally and physically on Switch, and rewards such as T-shirts, jewelry, figures, and the game’s soundtrack are available. One reward even guarantees being blocked by game director Hideki Kamiya on Twitter, where he is famously grumpy.
Assisting Platinum in the remaster is Nighthawk Interactive, the developer that helped bring games like Metal Wolf Chaos, Killer Queen Black, and Aladdin and The Lion King to various platforms.
The Wonderful 101 was originally released for Wii U in 2013. The game’s core conceit has players taking control of a hundred heroes at once and combining their strength into massive weapons like a sword, whip, or gun that are summoned using the Wii U’s touchscreen-enabled GamePad. In Polygon’s review of The Wonderful 101, we criticized the game for its unreliable gameplay mechanics and its “one-note” humor.
PlatinumGames recently received investment from Chinese internet and entertainment company Tencent. At the time, Platinum CEO Kenichi Sato said Tencent’s investment in the studio would “strengthen our foundation as a business and expand from game development into exploring self-publishing.”
Update: PlatinumGames’ Kickstarter campaign was a quick success and has already raised over $525,000 from more than 8,000 backers, surpassing the two announced stretch goals. That means The Wonderful 101: Remastered is bound for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC via Steam. This story has been updated to reflect that.