The Wonderful 101: Hands-on at PAX East 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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The Wonderful 101 is a title that many of our readers are likely familiar with. Developed by Platinum Games and soon to be published by Nintendo for the Wii U, it’s a stand-out title that seems to have the potential to be a lot of fun. Nintendo’s booth at PAX East 2013 showed off a timed demo, followed by a boss fight. It’s safe to say that while I sucked at this game, it sure was entertaining.

I used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to lead my heroes around, and I was able to forge them into a fist, a sword, and a gun. For some reason, I kept on creating the gun, so I shot a ton of baddies over and over again. You can also hit a button to have them create a blob of defense, but I always timed it a second too early, and I would take damage, anyway. I had a hard time collecting new reinforcements, but it’s probably because I didn’t really know how to.

What I can say is that the controls feel tight and that the entirety of the experience was smooth and fun. It’s fairly fast-paced, and the demo kept things moving along, but I wonder if the finished product will become repetitive. The boss fight was a fun experience because it proved how bad my timing was with blocking…even though I saw a massive robot’s hand getting ready to squash me every time.

The Wonderful 101 demo helped prove to me that it’s a game worth checking out. You can purchase it sometime this year. A solid release date has yet to be announced.

About Jared Cyhowski

[Former Staff] Jared is a recent graduate from Fitchburg State University where he studied communications, video production, and English. He enjoys playing video games, watching anime, writing, and of course pizza. His favorite games are Shadow of the Colossus and Final Fantasy IX, but he can’t possibly choose a favorite anime. Jared enjoys following the games industry and observing what will happen next, and he puts out an invitation for discussion on these topics. He loves a great story in these mediums and prefers a stronger narrative design over most features. Jared is personally responsible for creating and managing the Anime section of the website, and hopes to inspired and entertain with everything he writes.




  • NOOOOO! Dang it. I was hoping they would announce a release date at PAX. Oh well, the game still looks awesome.

  • I can’t wait for this game. I thought it was going to be a Wii U release title but I don’t mind waiting a bit more for this game. It looks fun. Btw jared did you try the multiplayer or is the demo only for 1p only?