Wonderful 101 Trailer Takes Down Bad Guys In Wonderful New Ways
If Pikmin and Viewtiful Joe threw a wild party at Hideki Kamiya's house and then got drunk and puked on a Wii U, Wonderful 101 would be the result. A new trailer for the game showcases the sort of RTS-crowd control, superhero gameplay that helps set it apart from everything else on the market.
Players will gather their band of heroes, form them into special things like giant flying fists or gliders, or utilize their special powers, such as a giant laser cannon or rolling helmet, and they'll fight through various events to protect the town.
It's kind of sad, though, that the Wii U has been getting hit with a ton of flak over not being as big or as bold as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but realistically a lot of the differences are almost negligible for what designers could achieve with the Wii U. It packs more power than the Xbox 360 and PS3 and has enough RAM to handle things like open worlds and unique forms of gameplay. We're also at that area in gaming where neither the PS4 or XB1 can hit photo-realistic margins in gaming unless it's an extremely linear game, so leaving the Wii U in the dust in the graphics department will mostly be a first-party thing anyway (e.g., The Last of Us or Beyond: Two Souls).
In terms of focusing on pure gameplay it looks like the Wii U might be the leader of the trio, given that the GamePad or WiiPad will at least allow for some unique gameplay mechanics, as evidenced in the trailer above. You can micromanage your troop of heroes as they unleash devastating attacks on enemies or partake in a number of wacky activities as you save the city in the Wonderful 101.
Despite being labeled as a "kiddie machine", the Wii U is at least packing some gameplay mechanics not found in any upcoming title for the PS4, Xbox One, or dare I say, PC. So for as far as I'm concerned, Nintendo is one of the few legitimate players on the field who knows a thing or two about moving gaming forward... and without doing so by relying on intrusive and counter-productive DRM measures.
Anyway, Wonderful 101's gameplay looks absolutely outrageous and it's so unfortunate that we just don't see or hear more about this game, especially with the release date set for September 15th. Hopefully Nintendo will start ramping up the promotion of the game ever-so-slightly leading up to the game's launch.
You can check out a few of the images of the hero characters below. Hopefully it will be enough to spur sales of the Wii U as Nintendo preps some of their larger games for release this fall (and hopefully they'll come with a Wii U price cut to drive up competition with the Xbox One and PS4).
You can learn more about the Wonderful 101 by paying a visit to the official website.
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