Gaming Recommendations - The Wonderful 101

Available on Nintendo Wii U

The Game
Back in 2013 Platinum Studios released The Wonderful 101 on the Wii U. The game centers around a group of heroes that must unite to save the world from an alien invasion. The game is unique in the fact that it was one of the first games that used the Game Pad in a truly creative way. If I had to describe this game it would be Pikmin meets Viewtiful Joe. Its story is a truly over the top take on super hero fiction. When I say over the top believe me it can get over the top. The way certain characters act and even certain story points are melodramatic and overdramatic and this is done on purpose to truly hilarious effect. Trying to find all 100 characters can be a daunting task, but finding them can be fun in and of itself as some of these characters have funny costumes and backgrounds. Also don't be surprised if you get some innuendo and pop culture references as the game is brimming with those as well.

As I said earlier this was one of the first games to use the game pad in a truly unique way. The game revolves around gather heroes to make "Unite" powers. Before you find all 100 heroes you will need to grant temporary powers to regular citizens. The more people you have the stronger your Unite construct will be when facing enemies. You can make Unite constructs in one of two ways by drawing a shape on the game pad or using the right thumbstick to do it. I found drawing on the game pad to be the easier of the options, but it really just comes down to what is easier for you.

Wrap Up
The reason I am recommending this game is very simple. IT'S FUN. When the game first released many game reviewers and game publications dismissed it due to the games control scheme. To me that is very unfortunate because I didn't have a problem picking it up. Was there a learning curve for the game? Yes there was but it is no different from any other game. You have to learn the controls if you want to get good at any game that you play. Take your time with this one and I truly believe you can have a good time. Let me know in the comments if you have played this title. Who was your favorite character? Do you think this game could have a sequel? Thanks for reading.


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