The Wonderful 101 Sure Looks Viewtiful


Not to be dismissed as “that other Wii U game from PlatinumGames that isn’t Bayonetta 2,” or forgotten among the Super Marios, Mario Karts, Donkey Kongs, Zeldas, Smash Bros. and other established Nintendo properties with fresh Wii U installments on the way, The Wonderful 101 is a unique 3D superhero action game destined for cult classic status.

Even though the gameplay style is completely different–you will control a team of superheroes called Wonderful Ones and combine their talents into Unite Morphs, special abilities that transform the squad into giant weapons or other objects like bridges or chains to help overcome obstacles–it’s hard not to draw immediate comparisons to Viewtiful Joe. Thematically of course, but also the character designs–especially the Wonderful 100’s leader, Wonder-Red. He could easily be mistaken for Viewtiful Joe wearing an alternate costume.

Viewtiful inspirations aside, The Wonderful 101 is shaping up to be a quirky blast, pretty much just like every other PlatinumGames production. The addition of local co-op for up to five players should only amplify the superheroes-versus-robots-and-aliens mayhem.

Fortunately the wait for The Wonderful 101 won’t be as long as the one for Bayonetta 2, which has slipped back to a 2014 release. The wonderful Wii U fun begins this September 15th.

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