Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Aug 18, 2013
    74
    It’s amazingly inventive and full of color and bright-eyed character, but its control problems are so persistent they’re unignorable.
  2. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    The Wonderful 101 is a bright, bold adventure that occasionally struggles to control its big ambitions.
  3. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    The campaign is meaty, plus there are co-op missions, score challenges, and plenty of collectables.
  4. Sep 10, 2013
    75
    The Wonderful 101 experiments with inventive concepts and has plenty of charm. No matter how noble its intentions, it is brought down by the same thing that has ruined so many other superhero teams. The individual aspects are interesting alone, but they just have trouble working together.
  5. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    This is a love letter to childhood innocence, to that age where truth and justice and awesome costumes seem almost real, as well as the coolest things in the world. In that light, picking at it seems churlish, because The Wonderful 101 doesn't make you feel like a hero; it makes you feel like hundreds.
  6. Sep 11, 2013
    80
    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.
  7. Sep 15, 2013
    100
    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.
  8. Sep 18, 2013
    78
    Stylish, fluid and charismatic brawler that's a little too wobbly and esoteric for its own good. [Nov 2013, p.72]
  9. Aug 19, 2013
    85
    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.
  10. Aug 18, 2013
    60
    With Nintendo's Pikmin 3 having just demonstrated such mastery of both game design and the Wii U hardware, it’s disappointing to see such a superficially similar yet confused and messy game following it mere weeks later.
  11. Aug 18, 2013
    87
    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.
  12. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    The Wonderful 101 draws on ideas from Kamiya’s previous games – Viewtiful Joe’s cartoonish charm, Okami’s brushstroke mechanic, Bayonetta’s setpieces – but in concert they’re messy, hamstrung by cluttered visual design and a clumsy central mechanic. Stretched over a large frame, they wear thin quickly. There’s a good game in here, but it’s smothered by the need to conform to its host platform’s feature set, and a distorted concept of value for money.
  13. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    The Wonderful 101 is my newest love/hate game. It does so much new and, well wonderful that I could never stay mad at it. Sadly it wasn’t the system-seller I had hoped it would be when it was announced.
  14. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Here's hoping that when the Wii U picks up steam, The Wonderful 101 is still around. [Issue#139, p.94]
  15. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    Hellishly addictive. The sense of fun is palpable throughout, the characters are mostly pretty likeable, and surprisingly the plot’s fairly absorbing. It helps that it’s been pretty sharply written too, full of excellently corny jokes and one liners.
  16. Aug 19, 2013
    84
    A very deep and fun new hack´n slash IP made by the same guys who delivered us Bayonetta.
  17. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    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.
  18. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    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.
  19. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    The Wonderful 101, in all likelihood, is going to become a cult classic. It's not perfect, it's not immediate and, above all, it's not the game that will turn Nintendo Wii U into a successful console. But at the same time, it's a game with many great ideas and way more than 101 wonderful moments.
  20. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    So much of it is so immensely charming, loveable and inventive that it’s hard to stay mad for too long. You just always feel hamstrung in your ability to extract the full potential out of a conceivably phenomenal game. You want to love it, you do love it, but not its whole, and that’s incredibly disheartening.
  21. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    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.
  22. Sep 16, 2013
    80
    A motley action-firework, which partly does not shine, but still is a lot of fun.
  23. Oct 5, 2013
    82
    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]
  24. Aug 27, 2013
    85
    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.
  25. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    When you are a true gameplay fetishist, The Wonderful 101 is simply a game you cannot skip. It manages to make you love gaming even more than you already do.
  26. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    It can be confusing at first, but The Wonderful 101 has lots of potential to unleash. A great GamePad support, even if there's something more to do with this new controller, and graphics make it the best third-party exclusive for Wii U so far.
  27. 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.
  28. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Don’t be misled by the childish appearance of The Wonderful 101. This game fits perfectly in the series of (adult) games made by Platinum Games: extremely challenging, purely build on gameplay and unique. The game might not be as perfect as the other games that spawn from the Japanese studio, but The Wonderful 101 manages to pull it off thanks to its unique personality and gameplay.
  29. Aug 18, 2013
    90
    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.
  30. Aug 18, 2013
    70
    Insurmountable problems with the controls stop this from being another Platinum classic but it’s still a fun game, overflowing with charm and wonderfully silly action.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 329 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 78
  2. Negative: 4 out of 78
  1. Sep 15, 2013
    10
    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
    9
    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
    10
    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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