Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Sep 15, 2013
    This is the very definition of a killer-app in regards to the Wii U library, and deserves every ounce of support the gaming community can muster up.
  2. Sep 1, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is yet another hit by Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games that's set to become a cult classic in the years to come and absolutely shouldn't be missed by anyone longing for something fresh and original. Simply wonderful.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    True, it’s flawed, occasionally messy, and could do with being a little more accommodating to beginners. It also happens to be one of the boldest and most original visions on any system this year, and surely cements Hideki Kamiya’s place among the great game creators of his generation.
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    Deep, rewarding, frantic and truly unique: The Wonderful 101 is nothing but an instant classic, something so pure and fun that represents the joy of playing videogames. You gotta be thankful to Platinum Games and Nintendo for this one, Kamiya surely did it again!
  5. Sep 11, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is an absolutely spectacular and memorable game that manages to represent the authentic spirit of arcade games, the original spark that gives life to great video games. This is not an easy game, nor does it facilitate the player's experience, but it reflects so much authenticity, life and pride for the trade that all minor imperfections are more or less forgiven.
  6. Played with patience and a willingness to learn, this isn't just the most surprising game on Wii U - it's the best.
  7. Oct 1, 2013
    People like me who will love the humor and get all the references will have an absolute blast.
  8. Oct 29, 2013
    This is the kind of experience which Nintendo promised when it announced the console - the kind of experience it deserves.
  9. Sep 10, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is one of those rare games that keeps getting more and more fun the more that you play it. If you have the dexterity to handle the controls and the patience to deal with a few momentum-killing platforming/puzzle bits, you're in for a heck of a time.
  10. 90
    Quite frankly, there’s nothing else quite like The Wonderful 101 on the market. It’s an incredibly polished game that’s few blemishes are easily overlooked. If you own a Wii U, you owe it to yourself to see how wonderful The Wonderful 101 truly is.
  11. Aug 20, 2013
    The camera does its part in making some sequences a tad bit annoying, but that's just a small irritation in a game where everything else is so absolutely spot on. The whole game world feels like a gigantic box of toys come to life, bustling with charm and lovable characters.
  12. Aug 19, 2013
    It is in the design and concept of 100 superheroes that we find the starting point for a different experience that improves from GamePad with highly exclusive mechanics. Regardless of having been developed thinking on the touch screen or not, the experience remains focused on action sequences and great technical skill.
  13. Aug 18, 2013
    It might look childish, but in so many ways this is a Platinum Games experience through and through. Deep and rewarding combat, entertaining characters and plenty of hours of gameplay - even without all the collectables and tougher difficulties. A must-have for every gamer, whether you own a Wii U or not.
  14. Aug 18, 2013
    There's simply no other game on the market with such a focus on ridiculous fun - this really is a must-have title for the Wii U.
  15. Sep 13, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 has its flaws, but thankfully they don’t surface very often, and let’s be honest, the presentation, graphical quality, humour, and insane gameplay make up for any shortcomings that may appear.
  16. Sep 11, 2013
    While its action and playful aesthetic are easy to admire, perhaps The Wonderful 101’s best quality is evoking a child-like innocence.
  17. Aug 18, 2013
    If you like action games, you can't miss this one. Take your time, enjoy it. Being the Wonderful 101 is not easy, but it's very pleasant.
  18. Sep 19, 2013
    What other game on the market today is like the Wonderful 101? None.
  19. Aug 28, 2013
    It might not be the prettiest game, but once you get the idea of utilizing the weapon changing gestures, the Centinels will keep you in a firm grip with their positively hectic battles and challenging boss encounters.
  20. Aug 27, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is one of those titles that you can't do anything but admire. A true jewel in the Nintendo Wii U lineup.
  21. Aug 19, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is a clever, solid action game, but it has its flaws. Platinum Games delivers a fresh experience that revitalize the genre but on-screen disorder and a forgettable use of the WiiU Gamepad holds it from being even better.
  22. Aug 19, 2013
    A very deep and fun new hack´n slash IP made by the same guys who delivered us Bayonetta.
  23. Aug 22, 2013
    A sparkling game full of cute character, funny situations and spectacular boss battles. It’s a shame the bad recognition of symbols sometimes get in the way of the chaotic and fast gameplay. And the game sometimes gets frustrating when new enemies kill you before you even get a chance to find out their weaknesses. But despite it all, Platinum Games delivers a solid title that is interesting and beautiful in many ways.
  24. Oct 5, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is a rollercoaster of emotions. When it's good, it's superb, but when it's bad, it's so frustrating you feel like throwing your gamepad into the wall. [Sept 2013]
  25. 80
    Full of ideas, humor and difficulty, The Wonderful 101 will keep you glued to the screen, which can be both good & bad. But a little bit of challenge from a difficult game never killed anyone, right? [Issue#234]
  26. Sep 23, 2013
    Here's hoping that when the Wii U picks up steam, The Wonderful 101 is still around. [Issue#139, p.94]
  27. Sep 16, 2013
    A motley action-firework, which partly does not shine, but still is a lot of fun.
  28. Sep 11, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is a top-notch game from a top-notch developer. It isn't flawless, but the flaws don't detract from the whole.
  29. Sep 10, 2013
    It may not be the WiiU system seller Nintendo was hoping for, but for the hardcore, The Wonderful 101 is certainly everything they could want on the struggling system.
  30. Sep 10, 2013
    The Wonderful 101 is difficult to master, but the fact that it’s difficult to learn is what will hamper the progress of many would-be adventurers looking to join the battle against the GEATHJERK.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 319 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 72
  2. Negative: 3 out of 72
  1. Sep 15, 2013
    Wonderful 101 is a breath of fresh air for gamers everywhere. It's a fun new concept wrapped up in a beautiful high quality presentation.

    At its core, it's a beat 'em up adventure game. It boils down to learning enemy weaknesses and scoring high hitting combo attacks. You control a group of superheroes who must defend Earth from an outer-space invasion. The controls are innovative and take a little while to learn, and making that effort is rewarded. The controls are tight and become intuitive after investing a little time to learn and practice them. The Wonderful 101 also utilizes many features of Wii U's unique gamepad controller. The music and sound in Wonderful 101 are top notch. It has an over the top attitude and feels like a high quality animation is playing out before you because of the great sound and graphics. Everything about this game is polished and shines quality.

    All in all, this game breaks new ground and deserves a perfect score for taking gamers somewhere unexpected and WONDERFUL!!!
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  2. Sep 15, 2013
    This game has more fun packed in, than the ocean has fish. It's bright coloured cute exterior hides its kickass gameplay. This game alone makes me proud to own a Wii U. Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2013
    This game is a through back to the innocence of childhood, it has over the top anime plot with the nostalgic feeling of a Saturday morning cartoon show of super hero band saving the day. To describe the plot as "epic" is an understatement!

    It also has sections where the gameplay drastically changes, you have the beat-em-up, your Starfox shooter, and your punch-out, to name a few. This game feels fresh, original, and creative compared to the mainstream games we love today.

    The reason I gave it a 10 is because I believe this is an instant classic! a gem of a game in this day and age, an experience that should not be missed! it's not a perfect, but if you are gamer enough, you won't have any trouble with it!

    so instead of explaining to you what makes the game great, I'll ask you a bunch of question, and you can count the pros and cons yourself ;)

    1) do you love fast paced hardcore action game with skills that requires your mastery (learning curve)?

    2) do you like games that offers a verity of polished core experience full of unique gameplay mechanics?

    3) do you like collecting/unlocking and replay value?(seriously, I'm 50 hours in, just over half way to 100% this!)

    4) do you like local multiplayer for up to 5 player co-op madness?

    5) do you like retro games and their nostalgia?

    6) do you like anime with over the top insanity like Gurren Lagann?

    7) do you enjoy watching the classic struggle of good vs evil, team work, and super heroes like power ranger or justice league?

    8) do you like hilarious dialogue, character banter, and character development?

    9) do you love escalation plot twist that words can't even begin to describe?

    if you counted more pros than cons, than THIS GAME IS FOR YOU! buy it! considering the time I spent playing it, this game is well worth the money!
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