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 19, 2013
    84
    A very deep and fun new hack´n slash IP made by the same guys who delivered us Bayonetta.
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    85
    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.
  3. 60
    I wanted to like this game more. It’s charming, technically competent but ultimately I could not get past it’s shortcomings to consider it much more than an average game.
  4. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    The campaign is meaty, plus there are co-op missions, score challenges, and plenty of collectables.
  5. Sep 1, 2013
    100
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    78
    Part Bayonetta, part Viewtiful Joe, The Wonderful 101 is a game with a phenomenal, hilarious presentation and plenty of great ideas that is frequently hamstrung by its reliance on some unfortunate design choices.
  8. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    The Wonderful 101 is a great fit for the Wii U, being rich in color and charm and putting the system's unique features to good use. Combat is strategic and rewarding, and some of the mechanics on show are refreshingly innovative.
  9. 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.
  10. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    A horrendous learning curve, poor story flow, and shoddy controls take away from what could have been a superstar new IP for Nintendo. Instead, only the players who can look past the bugs and pacing problems will be satisfied in the end.
  11. 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.
  12. Aug 20, 2013
    90
    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.
  13. 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.
  14. Aug 19, 2013
    90
    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.
  15. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    It's not a game for everyone, but if you liked previous games by Hideki Kamiya, like Bayonetta, you'll fall in love with this one.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    With such a powerful gameplay, a plentiful of heroes and a delightful drop of derision, it's hard to imagine a more wonderful successor to Viewtiful Joe.
  19. Sep 6, 2013
    70
    Not the best moment for Platinum Games, but still a unique "brawler" experience that you won't find anywhere else.
  20. Sep 12, 2013
    75
    The Wonderful 101 shows that Platinum's mischievous streak and fondness for over-the-top action remains undiminished. It's an enjoyably bonkers title that makes good use of the Wii U's touchscreen and as such, is a bright spot in that console's slowly-expanding library.
  21. 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.
  22. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    The Wonderful 101 is a good game, marred by insisting on repeating both enemies, inside jokes and half-baked variations. The combat system works excellent, and is enough to make sure the game thrives.
  23. 70
    When the Wonderful 101 manages to restrain its own chaos and make room for its myriad of ideas, it’s a joyous experience. Unfortunately it trips itself and stumbles over obvious issues that should have been handled more elegantly. A nice superhero adventure that could have been much better.
  24. Aug 23, 2013
    70
    The beautiful and highly original The Wonderful 101 is severely handicapped by questionable control choices. Which is very unfortunate, because this could have been an instant classic. Everything else is just pure gold.
  25. 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]
  26. 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]
  27. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    A truly hardcore, and original arcade fighting game that forgives not a slightest mistake, and it doesn't even bother with any tutorial. Still, the game's incredibly entertaining, and it will amaze you by a number of the game weapons' tactics and combinations, and its interesting control system. A pity the game's camera view doesn't work the way you would like to, but you'll manage.
  28. Sep 10, 2013
    69
    The Wonderful 101 is a good game … at times. Once I got the hang of its combo system, the battles were nearly always exciting and challenging, but Platinum’s Wii U debut has too much filler and a busted camera.
  29. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    The Wonderful 101 is a bright, bold adventure that occasionally struggles to control its big ambitions.
  30. 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.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 320 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 73
  2. Negative: 3 out of 73
  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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