Nintendo recently announced a new IP by the name of The Wonderful 101, looking to return us to the days of multi-colored super hero teams who defeat enormous enemies trashing cities. Best of all, a large number of local players can join in all at the same time!
The Wonderful 101 is clearly a Japanese style game. Having a mixture of different series elements within it, one can easily see the Power Rangers here, but also the Green Lantern-like superpowers that the heroes possess. Depending on which “Wonderful One” character you play as, each one possesses a unique transformation to materialize a giant weapon out of thin air, such as a sword, shield, gun, etc. These are used to combat the various monsters and enemies invading Blossom City and destroy them. A quick video will demonstrate what we mean:
Again, this sounds much like Power Rangers, but with no giant, combining Zords to face them. Citizens can also be recruited to increase the strength of these weapons and follow you around to move/interact with objects, much like Pikmin do. The game will feature:
- Unite your horde of heroes to morph into powerful weapons to crush the invaders or to synthesize into bridges, chains and other objects that help you make it through the world’s different environments.
- Clobber bad guys with deep and engaging combat. String together combos, dynamically switch between Unite Morphs, defend and evade alien attacks and rack up points to earn the best scores and rewards.
- Explore each stage to find helpless citizens and recruit them to join your army of heroes. The more heroes you gather, the more powerful your Unite Morphs will become.
- At the in-game shop, you can spend the valuable O Parts you earn fighting aliens to upgrade or buy entirely new Unite Morphs.
Additionally, the game can be played by oneself on the GamePad, but four others can join in through Wii U Pro controllers for a 5-player co-op experience. Players can unite their “morphs” to unleash super attacks and dish out the hurt.
The Wonderful 101 will be arriving on September 15th on the Wii U only.