Being a superhero isn't easy
Its so easy to dismiss an overly colorful game as being simple or intended for younger players, but dont make that assumption about The Wonderful 101. Finally coming to Wii U in the US on September 15, the superpower-infused game brings together 100 colorful heroes in the hopes that the small army can stop an alien invasion of Earth. And to our surprise, the team has a shocking variety of attacks--as long as youre curious enough to find tactics the game doesnt outright tell you about.
Wonderful 101 is from the same game director as Bayonetta, but the similarities arent obvious in screenshots. After playing a 30-minute chunk of the final game, we noted that Wonderful 101 is similarly dedicated to pushing (and punishing) players with deep, combo-heavy gameplay. We faced a small chunk of the massive robot army the games masked vigilantes are tasked with stopping, and the largest of the group was giving us some trouble. We took tons of damage as we adapted to its attack patterns and broke through its defenses. After the harrowing battle, the Nintendo rep was quick to clarify that wasnt a mid-boss, but a normal encounter.
Wonderful 101s average encounters feel like potential boss battles because your diverse moveset is continually called upon to beat enemies in inventive ways. Team leaders like Wonder Red, Wonder Blue, and Wonder Pink each have specific attacks that can be summoned with a quick stencil on the GamePads screen. While youre cleanly swapping between those attacks during the tense levels, the game throws out a surprisingly varied collection of enemies at you that demand new tactics, particularly if you want your performance to earn the coveted Platinum rating. And as director Hideki Kamiya showed in his recent Nintendo Direct, if hardcore players are willing to look, intricate combos are waiting for them to uncover.
If you were worried Platinum was going soft from its new partnership with Nintendo, what weve played of Wonderful 101 would prove otherwise. It isnt going to hold your hand, but once youve finally destroyed, say, a giant cyborg turtle, you know you earned it.
Keep reading to see all the new screens for the fast-approaching game...
Saving citizens transforms them into new members of your super-army
Dodge moves like this are instrumental to surviving a battle
You don't just morph your team into weapons, but also special items to reach new areas
Be careful to watch how much battery power you have for transformation
Head-on attacks like this aren't always the smartest move
The core team of heroes have a lot of personality
We're guessing this guy is Wonder Red's rival
Meet your friendly (if goofy) robot sidekick
Here's a closer look at the bad guys
Each time you meet a new enemy, you get a quick intro
When new heroes join your team, they get distinct personas
They not only make your team stronger, but they also work as in-game collectibles