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  • Summary: Earth is under attack from an invasion of enormous aliens, and the only thing that can protect the planet is a group of unlikely, yet mighty, heroes with special abilities. Unfortunately, the aliens are too powerful for the heroes to fight individually. They must join forces and workEarth is under attack from an invasion of enormous aliens, and the only thing that can protect the planet is a group of unlikely, yet mighty, heroes with special abilities. Unfortunately, the aliens are too powerful for the heroes to fight individually. They must join forces and work together to defeat their common enemy. These uniquely different heroes can morph into powerful weapons to crush the invaders or turn into objects like a giant fist or bridge to interact with and traverse the environments. Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    70
    The Wonderful 101 is a game that requires patience, skill, a willingness to learn and an almost Zen-like ability to overlook its shortcomings. But if you can get there - if you can make peace with this game, and enjoy it for what it does right instead of the things it does wrong - it really can be something wonderful.
  7. An inventive game with plenty of potential and some truly original concepts that somehow failed materialize into something that can be fairly described as entertaining.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 118
  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.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. Dec 31, 2013
    10
    Nell'ultimo capolavoro di Kamiya ci ritroveremo a guidare un gruppo di 100 paladini, le Centinels, pronto a contrastare l'ennesima invasioneNell'ultimo capolavoro di Kamiya ci ritroveremo a guidare un gruppo di 100 paladini, le Centinels, pronto a contrastare l'ennesima invasione aliena, niente di più niente di meno.
    Sebbene l'incipit possa apparire, ed in realtà lo abbastanza semplice, al limite della banalità, quello che ne scaturisce di uno spessore assoluto, grazie alle intuizioni geniali dei Platinum, all'ironia di cui tutto il titolo pervaso, all'incredibile caratterizzazione dei protagonisti (ed antagonisti), al "paradosso" e all'"esagerazione" sempre dietro l'angolo... chi ha detto Bayonetta chi Mad World ?
    Ebbene, se in un titolo action (perchè di questo si tratta) la trama non certo l'elemento più importante, in W101 non neanche l'anello più debole della catena, anche considerando l'alone "giapponesizzante" (mecha, power ranger, citazioni anime e manga a pioggia) che pervade tutto il titolo e lo rende assolutamente ispirato, ironico ed autoironico, mai banale ed imprevedibile.
    Dal punto di vista tecnico, non sarà certo questo il titolo in grado di spremere al 101% (:D) le potenzialità del Wii U, ma lo stile superdeformed usato ci restituisce una grafica pulita, coloratissima e del tutto priva di evidenti rallentamenti, anche con varie centinaia di personaggi a schermo (certo non controlleremo il singolo Centinel, ma nelle fasi più concitate la carne al fuoco parecchia)... insomma il titolo appare sempre come una gioia per gli occhi, nelle fasi in game come nei QTE, nei filmati e persino nelle fasi di caricamento.
    L'OST di pregevole fattura e, pur senza scomodare le più alte vette delle produzioni kamiyane, assolutamente adeguata al resto della produzione... musiche epiche per imprese epiche.
    Ottima produzione sin qui, ma il punto forte del titolo come dovrebbe essere per ogni action (perchè di questo si tratta... anche se dai video può apparire una specie di Pikmin, toglietevi dalla testa gestionali o adventure blandi, qui c'è azione, azione, e azione) e ancor di più per un action Platinum, il gameplay. Assicuro tutti coloro che stanno perdendo tempo a leggere questa recensione (anzichè giocare a W101) che una volta preso in mano il paddone WiiU difficilmente si riuscirà a passare oltre.
    Asse portante del gamepalay stato già accennato l'azione, in tutte le sue espressioni videoludiche, e qui stà l'elemento di novità pressochè assoluta del titolo. Si passerà, infatti, da elementi adventure a sparattutto a scorrimento, picchiaduro e Rhythm games, ma sempre picchiettando sul pad come ossessi, con grande naturalezza e senza soluzione di continuità. Un gameplay nuovo, insomma, ma sin da subito solido e divertentissimo, nonostante l'immancabile presenza di svariati QTE caratteristici delle produzioni della software house di Osaka.
    Una precisazione d'obbligo... emerso da più parti che il titolo possa apparire ostico e frustrante, almeno all'inizio. Così non a parte i vari livelli di difficoltà (4), la curva d'apprendimento rapida e pur regalando le vere soddisfazioni solo dopo 5 o 6 ore (più che altro perchè solo dopo un certo punto si avrà accesso a tutte le varie abilità disponibili) W101 giocabilissimo e divertente fin dal primo secondo.
    Nota dolente potrebbe apparire la longevità... completare la prima run a normale può richiedere, per i gamers più smaliziati, meno di 20 ore, ma, ancora una volta, Kamiya ci stupisce introducendo una serie sconfinata di collezionabili e personaggi segreti che rendono il titolo altamente rigiocabile... dipende dalle attitudini personali, ovvio, ma una quarantina di ore di divertimento pieno ci sono tutte e ricordiamoci che stiamo parlando di un action (ma va ?!?).

    Basta parole... mi sono stufato di scrivere e voi (molto probabilmente) di leggere. Wonderful 101 va giocato ed amato, perchè una perla di rara bellezza, una K.A. dell'ammiraglia Nintendo, e un titolo da Hall of Fame del panorama videoludico di tutti i tempi per quanto riguarda il genere action (e non solo).
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  3. Oct 6, 2013
    10
    This game is for everyone who thinks the Wii U is too casual and doesn't have enough games for core gamers. This game will challenge youThis game is for everyone who thinks the Wii U is too casual and doesn't have enough games for core gamers. This game will challenge you like the old days and when you begin to overcome a boss the size of Godzilla (and the W101 theme music starts to play) you'll be motivated to save the day again and again! Every Wii U owner owes it to themselves to try out this new IP as soon as possible. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2013
    9
    This game is an interesting one. its like they took the game pikmin and added super heroes to it creating a whole new game. Yes their is aThis game is an interesting one. its like they took the game pikmin and added super heroes to it creating a whole new game. Yes their is a learning curve and you have to get use to it, but once you do its a very fun game. Can it be frustrating? yes it can due to the fact their are some parts that wont be explained to you as good as it should. An example of that is when you do a unite build at a certain boss were the game didn't tell me you needed 100 people, I had to go online to figure out what i was doing wrong. but since i now know what i needed that's really not a problem. Their is another problem i had with the unite build and that is at times their will be a strangler that wont go were u want him to go and he will just stand their and you have to re do the build over again. that can be annoying at time. other then that its a great game. its basically a good parody with its jokes with action that engulfs the TV. each charictor has their own unique personality. the game pad really dosent do much other then quickly drawing the shapes. witch i find actually handy if im having trouble drawing them with the R stick), some areas you need to look at the tablet to solve puzzles. you can actually switch the game pad onto and off of the TV, that can be handy for lets players so the audience can see what is going on with the tablet screen. their is multi player were 5 people can play locally. which should bring more fun and playability to the game. this game can be challenging however their is really no penalty for failing a mission other then a lower score. the game will continue were you died. but i will say it is a good fun game. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2013
    9
    The W101 is a breath of fresh air on the WiiU. For those who are a bit over Mario and are looking for something with the equal amount of charmThe W101 is a breath of fresh air on the WiiU. For those who are a bit over Mario and are looking for something with the equal amount of charm mixed with over the top action and combat then this is something you definitely want to try.

    The combat at first can take a while to get used to but over time you get the hang of it. I did have some issues with the controls occasionally as some of the shapes on the gamepad need to be drawn quite accurately for it to 'unite'. The controls aren't perfect but they do work the majority of the time.

    What makes this game stand out is its rich colours and the humour that the characters have. Some of the jokes are aimed more at teenagers/adults than young kids. The story, while over the top and a bit silly, has surprising depth which I was surprised to find. The characters are interesting and there is even a tragic flashback story for one of the main characters.

    Mixed in with incredible combat, this is action that never lets go of you. From the moment you start the game to the incredibly climatic boss finale, you will rarely get a moment's rest. I was not disappointed with this game and for those who have played Platinum Games previous works, you can expect similar play styles to Bayonetta.

    The gamepad is used reasonably well though nothing to make you go 'oh my god that was so clever!'. The game also doesn't explain itself fully to you so there will be times where you might be wondering around trying to work out what to do next but at the same time this is part of the fun of experimentation.

    This is one game that I am very happy to have and glad I have my WiiU for.
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  6. Sep 24, 2013
    8
    One of my favorite Wii U games out right know the combat is very fun, the gameplay is very responsive, the control is very good, the graphicsOne of my favorite Wii U games out right know the combat is very fun, the gameplay is very responsive, the control is very good, the graphics look great, the story and characters are cliched but they make fun of how cliched they are, and even the quick time events are good. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2015
    0
    Awful. Simply awful. None of the features work correctly. Most of the game is frustrating and made me feel like I was controlling a punchingAwful. Simply awful. None of the features work correctly. Most of the game is frustrating and made me feel like I was controlling a punching bag. Avoid at all costs. Expand

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