PlatinumGames is bringing back The Wonderful 101, the developers 2013 Wii U game, in remastered form for Nintendo Switch. This time, however, Platinum isnt working with the games former publisher, Nintendo, but is turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund development of The Wonderful 101: Remastered with plans to bring the game to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC as well.
The Wonderful 101: Remastereds Kickstarter campaign launches today. The developer is asking for about $50,000 in crowdfunding to remaster and self-publish the game on Switch. If Platinum raises $250,000, it will bring the game to PC via Steam. And at the $500,000 crowdfunding mark, it plans to release a PS4 version of The Wonderful 101: Remastered.
Platinum also hints at additional content coming to The Wonderful 101: Remastered, to be unlocked through stretch goals, but details on that content and specific crowdfunding amounts werent revealed.
The Kickstarter campaign lists a lengthy amount of digital and physical rewards. The Wonderful 101: Remastered is planned to be released both digitally and physically on Switch, and rewards such as t-shirts, jewelry, figures, and the games soundtrack are available. One reward even guarantees being blocked by game director Hideki Kamiya on Twitter, where he is famously grumpy.
Assisting Platinum in the remaster is Nighthawk Interactive, the developer that helped bring games like Metal Wolf Chaos, Killer Queen Black, and Aladdin and The Lion King to various platforms.
The Wonderful 101 was originally released for Wii U in 2013. The games core conceit has players taking control of a hundred heroes at once and combining their strength into massive weapons like a sword, whip, or gun that are summoned using the Wii Us touchscreen-enabled GamePad. In Polygons review of The Wonderful 101, we criticized the game for its unreliable gameplay mechanics and its one-note humor.
PlatinumGames recently received investment from Chinese internet and entertainment company Tencent. At the time, Platinum CEO Kenichi Sato said Tencents investment in the studio would strengthen our foundation as a business and expand from game development into exploring self-publishing.