Monday, February 3, 2020

PlatinumGames Launches Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter Campaign

PlatinumGames has launched the Kickstarter campaign to bring its Wii U title The Wonderful 101 to current-generation consoles. After a tease earlier from PlatinumGames, the campaign for The Wonderful 101: Remastered now seeks the relatively low sum of $50,000 for a port to Nintendo Switch, with stretch goals promising further versions on Steam at $250,000 and PlayStation 4 at $500,000. In addition to a digital edition, a packaged retail release is also planned, with backers expected to receive their copies in April 2020. While the 2013 release of The Wonderful 101 on Wii U was published by Nintendo, the remaster will be self-published by PlatinumGames. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-wonderful-101-remastered-kickstarter&captions=true"] The only stretch goals currently listed on the Kickstarter page are the Steam and PS4 editions, but the page teases that further “amazing extras” will be rolled out as the campaign goes on. No mention is made on the Kickstarter page of the rumored Xbox One release. Backers who pledge for a physical copy will receive a special backers-only exclusive cover, and all backers will get DLC unlocked via the campaign’s stretch goals at no extra cost. Other rewards include a soundtrack and digital comic, as well as physical items such as a T-shirt, sticker set, pendant, keychain and acrylic standee, plus quite a few more – even a rad Wonder-Red Replica Jacket. Several tiers allow the backer the honor of being blocked by director Hideki Kamiya on Twitter, though this is an optional reward. [ignvideo url=""] The Kickstarter page also details a backers-only social game called Defense of Blossom City, which will unfold over Twitter during the Kickstarter campaign period. It appears that the success of the social game to win round new backers will affect the rollout of new rewards. The Wonderful 101 tasks the player with assembling a horde of hero characters led by the Wonderful Ones, all of whom appear on-screen together and can be formed into powerful dynamic items, making it an ambitious title for its time. Although it looks deceptively bright and approachable, it includes the sort of deep action mechanics you’d expect from director Kamiya, who created Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Daniel Robson is Chief Editor at IGN Japan, and he fancies that Wonder-Red Replica Jacket. Follow him on Twitter at @nomoredaniels.


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