Wonderful 101 is Still Very Much Wonderful - Preview

By Matt Ashbaugh, June 12, 2013
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It has been a year since I played Wonderful 101 (then called Project P-100) and the game is very much the same, very much different, and still very much wonderful.  

As Wonder Red, leader of the Wonderful 100, you must unite your mob of heroes to morph into powerful transformations such as a fist, sword, whip, or gun to battle aliens throughout Blossom City. It’s up to you and your team of superheroes to take on colossal robots and alien masterminds bent on obliterating everything in their path.

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Just like before, you will control a single lead hero who will save/recruit citizens to his cause. As you play, you will recruit other heroes who have their own unique powers to help your quest to save Blossum City from the alien invaders.

Heroes can use their morph powers to form more devastating attacks  Some of these include a giant fist, a massive sword, or a thorny whip.  There are many more diverse powers but they all activate by drawing a shape.  A circle will create the fist, an 'S' shape will become the whip, and so on.  These can be drawn with either your finger on the gamepad screen or with the right analog stick.  

You will want to rescue as many citizens as you can.  Not just because you are the hero, but because doing so recruits them into your super-army. The bigger your group is the more powerful your special morph powers become.  The side effect is that you are also a bigger group and thus a larger target.  If you get hit you'll have to scrabble to recollect your citizen/drafted soldiers.

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On the surface, you can just defeat all the alien robots and get through the game.  However, as you would expect from a developer like Platinum Games, you can string together combos to try and rack up points to earn the best grades and rewards.  The better you do, the more "O Parts" you can earn which you will use to buy upgrades and new powers.

Also announced was five-player local co-op multiplayer.  In this mode each person controls a single hero but everybody shares the army of citizen heroes.  You will be locked into using just your own unique morph power, however you can also more easily flank enemies than in single player.  Also you will be able to unite your morph powers with other heroes to perform much more devastatingly damaging moves.

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The game is looking really great and is amazingly smooth to play.  Having a literal hundred of different little human characters running around is impressive to see as well.  I definitely expect great things when the game launches this September for the Wii U.

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