The Wonderful 101

WIIU / Action / Release: Sep 15, 2013 / ESRB: U

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Weekend Confirmed 182 - Final Fantasy XIV, Puppeteer, The Wonderful 101

Weekend Confirmed 182 - Final Fantasy XIV, Puppeteer, The Wonderful 101

Weekend Confirmed is ready to formally wrap up another week. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in the Shacknews tandem of Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia to discuss the latest news to come from Sony, including the PS Vita TV. But first, Jeff kicks off the show by talking about his experience with Final Fantasy XIV before discussing World of Warcraft's latest 5.4 patch. Talk then shifts to games by the dozen, including Grand Theft Auto V's dizzying number of missions, while Andrew catches us up on several upcoming releases, like XCOM: Enemy Within, Dying Light, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Peggle 2. The show finishes up with discussion of Puppeteer, Killzone: Mercenary, and The Wonderful 101 before ushering in the weekend with Finishing Moves and this week's Tailgate.

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The Wonderful 101 video review: strength in numbers

The Wonderful 101 video review: strength in numbers

Why settle for just one hero when you could have a hundred of them? Nintendo and Platinum's army of superheroes have arrived in The Wonderful 101, a creative take at squad-based action that's covered in Silver Age-era superhero whimsy.

The planet is being invaded by an alien armada known as the GEATHJERK, and it's up to The Wonderful 100 (pronounced one-double-oh) to defeat them. The narrative is told through the eyes of leader Wonder Red, as he's quickly joined by supporting team members from around the world. The lighthearted romp effectively sets the stage for Platinum's zany action-heavy design.

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Wonderful 101 'wasn't exactly fun' until recently

Wonderful 101 'wasn't exactly fun' until recently

The Wonderful 101 has gone through many iterations, most notably its shift away from starring Nintendo characters. Director Hideki Kamiya says the process has been constantly evolving, and that it wasn't even a very fun game yet when the team first debuted it.

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Wonderful 101 originally starred characters from other Nintendo franchises

Wonderful 101 originally starred characters from other Nintendo franchises

The Wonderful 101 was originally going to be a very different game, with a very different cast. Hideki Kamiya says that when Platinum Games first approached him about the project, it was going to star a gaggle of franchise characters from Nintendo and other popular series.

Read more: 'An all-star cast of Nintendo characters' »

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The Wonderful 101 demo available soon on eShop

The Wonderful 101 demo available soon on eShop

Update: We jumped the gun. The demo will be available "soon" in North America. Shacknews apologizes for the error.

The Wonderful 101 is now just over a month away, but if you want to slap on a domino mask and start superheroing right now, you can. Platinum Games has released a demo on the Wii U eShop in Europe, and one is due in North America soon.

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The Wonderful 101's first playthrough 'a tutorial' for lifelong play

The Wonderful 101's first playthrough 'a tutorial' for lifelong play

Platinum Games may be known for Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising, but those games may not be as loaded as their next. The Wonderful 101 for Wii U is aiming for replayability, with Hideki Kadmina claiming that the first playthrough of the game will serve as a "tutorial," because the overall experience is so deep.

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The Wonderful 101 DLC looking unlikely as Platinum already 'put all we want to do' in

The Wonderful 101 DLC looking unlikely as Platinum already 'put all we want to do' in

DLC can be a welcome extension to a game, but every now and then the odd pack frustratingly feels like content that would or should have been in the main game. How lovely, then, that it seems The Wonderful 101 won't be getting DLC as developer Platinum feels it's already crammed every idea it had into the game.

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Pikmin 3 coming August 4, The Wonderful 101 coming September 15

Pikmin 3 coming August 4, The Wonderful 101 coming September 15

Nintendo outlined a slew of release dates during today's Nintendo Direct, which focused on its release plans for the summer. You'll be able to play Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, and Game & Wario before autumn (technically) begins.

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The Wonderful 101 director warns haters of short games

The Wonderful 101 director warns haters of short games

The Wonderful 101 is probably going to be on the short side, judging by a comment from director Hideki Kamiya. But, responding to the flare-up of controversy caused by that comment, executive director Atsushi Inaba attempted to clarify.

Read more: 'If you hate to finish a game the next day... better not play TW101' »

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The Wonderful 101 trailer shows little heroes, big bad aliens

The Wonderful 101 trailer shows little heroes, big bad aliens

Not much was revealed about Platinum Games upcoming superhero smash-em-up The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100) in today's Nintendo Direct, but a new trailer was released for the game, showing the heroes forming up to battle some bad guys.

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Wii U's Pikmin 3, Game & Wario missing launch window

Wii U's Pikmin 3, Game & Wario missing launch window

Nintendo has announced some upcoming release dates, but the ones to make the list aren't as interesting as the ones that conspicuously didn't. The Wii U launch window closes on March 31, and it appears some of Nintendo's franchises won't be making that period after all.

Read more: Pikmin 3, Game & Wario due first half 2013 »

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Project P-100 announced for Wii U, from Platinum Games

Project P-100 announced for Wii U, from Platinum Games

Missing from Nintendo's E3 press conference was a game called P-100. Published by Nintendo, it's a launch game from Platinum Games, developer best known for Bayonetta, Vanquish, and the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

You control a number of heroes using the GamePad touch screen, including Bonzai Man, Vending Machine Man, and Toilet Bowl man. "Heroes can also morph into gelatin to guard themselves from enemy attacks," Nintendo explains.

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