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    Thread: Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 coming to Switch, PC, and PS4

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      Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 coming to Switch, PC, and PS4

      Kickstarter campaign to remaster Wonderful 101 is a quick success



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      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.








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      What’s changing in The Wonderful 101: Remastered



      PlatinumGames is making small but crucial changes




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      PlatinumGames is bringing its 2013 Wii U game, The Wonderful 101, to Nintendo Switch — and possibly PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, if the developer’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is wildly successful. That transition from the Wii U to other platforms will mean some changes for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, according to game director Hideki Kamiya. It’s also a chance to fix a few issues with the original.
      In an interview with Polygon at Tokyo Game Show 2019 in September, Kamiya said that PlatinumGames was happy with the size and content included in the original The Wonderful 101. It’s one of Platinum’s biggest games, he noted. But the Wii U version wasn’t a success, Kamiya said, and he wants to bring the game to more players.
      By nature of coming to Switch, that will mean a far larger audience. Nintendo has shipped more than 52 million Switch systems to date, nearly four times the total amount of Wii U systems that shipped. And to cater to that broader audience, Kamiya wants to tweak a few things and make The Wonderful 101 “more user-friendly.”
      The game’s easy mode will be a little easier in parts, Kamiya said, and more consistent in its difficulty. There will also be new on-screen prompts that will help players better understand The Wonderful 101: Remastered’s gameplay mechanics.


      Image: PlatinumGamesBut perhaps the biggest change will come in The Wonderful 101: Remastered’s user interface, which will transition from two screens to just one on new platforms. The original could be played on a single screen on the Wii U GamePad, thanks to a picture-in-picture mode, but Kamiya said he wants to tweak this, letting players move and resize the “submenu” screen.
      Mechanics like drawing on a touchscreen to summon Unite Morph actions will still be present on the Switch version, Kamiya said.






      While there won’t be new heroes or gameplay content, Kamiya said that Platinum wants to add new modes to The Wonderful 101: Remastered. The addition of new modes is dependent on the game’s stretch goals. Only two stretch goals are confirmed so far: a version of the game for Steam and one for PlayStation 4.
      Most of what will be added to The Wonderful 101: Remastered was described as “cosmetic” by Kamiya.
      Kamiya and producer Atsushi Inaba said that they’ve been thinking about bringing The Wonderful 101 to Switch for a while, and that “Nintendo’s kindness has allowed us to expand to other platforms.”
      In an email to press, PlatinumGames also touched on the Kickstarter campaign for The Wonderful 101: Remastered and the developer’s recent infusion of investment from Tencent. Kamiya said that that capital investment is linked to Platinum’s goal of self-publishing and other plans for the future. Plans to re-release The Wonderful 101 predate investment from Tencent.
      PlatinumGames’ Kickstarter campaign already appears to be on its way to success. In the first hour, the developer has raised more than $250,000 from backers on the crowdfunding platform.








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      Hoping one of their 4 kickstarters is bringing Bayonetta 2 to other platforms.

      The emulation is still very wonky.

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      Played this on the WII U, I dont know if its just me but the game is kinda sucky. The only reason I went into playing this game was because the characters resembles alot to Viewtiful Joe. Off-topic, but I hope someday we get another iteration of that game. VJ was a master piece.

     

     

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