You might have missed the fact that Platinum Games launched a Kickstarter campaign for a remaster of The Wonderful 101, I certainly did, but all you need to know is that it smashed its goal in under 4 hours. The campaign got maxed out by the sheer generosity of the game’s fans really early on, and at the time of writing it has more than a month left to run, with almost £1 million reached in funding. Check out the hugely tongue in cheek trailer below and read on for more details.
This is the first massive Kickstarter game success that we’ve seen in 2020, and it’s quite a wholesome one too. The Wonderful 101 was originally released for the Wii U, a console that barely sold any units for Nintendo, and could have even been the end for the company if they hadn’t innovated with the Switch. At the time of writing the campaign is sitting at around £870,000 pledged, I say roughly because it keeps going up before my very eyes. This isn’t something that happens too often on Kickstarter, and just shows how generous the game’s fans, as well as fans of Platinum Games, are.
Platinum Games are passionate about getting this remaster of The Wonderful 101 made, which is why they brought it to Kickstarter. In the game, players take control of the Wonderful Ones, heroes from around the world who have been chosen to defend Earth from alien threats. Blossom City is the first location to come under threat, so it’s up to Wonder-Red and Wonder-Blue to gather up the rest of the Wonderful Ones and fight the invaders.
I never got to play this game, mainly because it released for the Wii U. I’ve heard great things about it, but I didn’t ever think that a remake would come along. I’m happy that Platinum Games have turned around and surprised both me and the entire games industry with this project, one that I’ll definitely be pledging to.
How’s It Looking?
If you’ve read this far then you’ll know that at the time of writing this Kickstarter campaign is already nearing £1 million raised. It’s an insane amount of money, and there’s still a month or so left on the clock. There are rewards to suit everyone in this campaign, from a simple thank you, to getting blocked on Twitter by Kamiya, physical CDs and artbooks, and all kinds of crazy physical rewards that show just how crazy the guys at Platinum Games really are. This project is a sure thing, and I can’t wait to play it.