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The Wonderful 101 Discussion (Nintendo Wii U) [game]
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So the game is out in Europe. Anyone here pick it up yet? I'm waiting for the North American release.

Like I said on a different thread, this is a kind of game that's hard to explain. It "looks" like Pikmin but plays like a 3D beat'em up. The game didn't really click with me until I tried the demo. Now I'm really looking forward to it.

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Posted: 08/24/13, 08:16:04  - Edited by 
 on: 08/24/13, 08:18:35
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I'm happy I didn't pick this game for Newgamebier because I'm about to give up on it after getting to the fight with Blue.

I suck at button mashing. and its a shame they couldn't come up with a better idea for the qte for finishing the boss fight. At least have a stupid meter telling me how many times I need to press the stupid button I mean god damn.
Posted: 11/01/14, 02:37:38
Just picked up the game and played through the prologue and first level. It'd been a while since I played the demo at this point and I remembered enjoying it but playing it reminded me just how much fun this game is. I'm glad I played the demo before because I got the hang of it pretty quickly. There's still some stuff that I'm going to have to figure out, of course, but just knowing the core mechanics is enough to have a blast playing.

I'm playing normal. I've heard it gets pretty tough, which I'm fine with, but I've also heard a lot of people say they got frustrated with it. We'll see how it goes for me. Seems like you can always turn down the difficulty on the fly if things get too bad.

It's a shame this game did so poorly considering there's so much love and care put into it. Probably cost a pretty penny to make too. Getting it for 600 coins is really a steal.
Posted: 02/07/15, 09:23:24
@Jargon Yeah, the game gets pretty damn tough along the way, but not cheap tough. It gets tough in that it puts everything you've learned to the test of badassery. I got frustrated a bit until I realized that it wasn't the game that was unnecessarily tough, it was me who wasn't using every available technique effectively. I gotta admit I felt pretty amazing when I finally started kicking ass and nailing Platinums. Still quite a few for me to obtain though, but all in all a blast.
Posted: 02/07/15, 12:36:21
So are the only repercussions of death seeing the continue screen and getting a lower score? Because if so, I don't see how it could get very frustrating if you don't care about medalling.

Second level was really cool. I'm so glad I picked this up. Anyone with Club Nintendo coins who hasn't played this should definitely grab it, it's a great value.
Posted: 02/08/15, 14:15:05
Just beat the second operation. I'm having fun, but I'd hoped I'd be better by now. Lots of consolation prizes. I'm pretty sure I understand all the mechanics at this point, but I still often feel helpless. Is color always the way to know how to counter a particular attack? And in the boss to Operation 2, he kept instakilling the tower and I know there must have been a way to stop it, but heck if I know. Hopefully things really click for me soon.

Luckily, the game thrives on chaos and even after a few continues, it keeps things coming so I don't feel too bad and it's still satisfying to progress. Not everything works, the part where you control a ship by running around on buttons was pretty awful, but I appreciate the creativity and willingness to try new things.
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:43:35
@Jargon I recommend watching this dude's videos. I found them extremely helpful in explaining how stuff works in the game. Much better than the game itself explains. But yeah, there is some level of trial and error in finding out how to deal with certain attacks.
Posted: 02/13/15, 16:35:10

Those videos were both very informative and saddening because I know I'll never be able to pull off all the awesome combos that guy could do. When I said I understood all the mechanics I was apparently way off. I don't need to be the best, of course, I just hope to be able to play without getting my shit wrecked so often and I think that will help. Thanks.
Posted: 02/14/15, 03:31:03
So I just beat Operation 004. I checked and saw that I'm not even halfway through. I guess that makes it a better value, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to see it through to the end. I enjoyed the action at first, but it's getting kind of repetitive. Not sure how many times I can cut the arms off some big robot. Plus it seems like there's at least one annoying section every few levels. And I'm definitely not invested in the story or characters. There are still some cool parts I'm enjoying for sure, but is it worth putting up with the chaff?

The real issue though is that things still haven't clicked enough for me and the gameplay to unlock the real fun potential of the game, which I'm sure is there when you know how to counter every attack and get everything working for you. If I really watched those videos above and put in more effort I could probably do it, but I don't know if it's worth it. Hmm...
Posted: 03/14/15, 13:38:04
Finally just beat this one. I really enjoyed it, with caveats. The presentation was awesome and I totally dug the Power Ranger/ Viewtiful Joe vibe.

I agree with Jargon though - the game never clicked for me. I mean it did and it didn't. The entire game, I just died repeatedly. There were sparks here and there where I felt like I was really on a roll, but it was really hard to tell which attacks worked against which enemies. When should I block? When should I dodge? How on Earth do I afford more in the Shop, without playing levels over and over? Sometimes objectives would be vague. There was one time I was doing the right thing, but I wasn't using enough of my Wonderful Ones, and it was rare that the game really made me use ALL of them. All in all the game was very difficult, especially as it pertained to reading enemies and avoiding them. If there were two enemies nearby?? I'd just get pummeled unless I bombed the hell out of them

Overall though I really enjoyed it. I kind of look at it the same way I did Kid Icarus Uprising, if that makes any sense.
Posted: 06/18/15, 05:42:35

Nice job getting through it. I gave up. Which is fine, I got it for free and got some enjoyment out of it.
Posted: 06/18/15, 06:00:42
I definitely see what you're saying. A third of the way through it's like....how is the game that much longer?? The surprises in this game really come from the boss battles at the ends of operations, which just get crazy. Like really nuts at times. This really makes me want to check out Bayonetta 2.

Also I have to mention the Gamepad usage in this game which is largely terrible. At first you think it's neat when you go inside a building and you hop onto the Gamepad, but it feels more gimmicky than anything. I suppose it can be a nice break from the action, but surely there could've been other ways to add variety. The camera in these sections was really bad.

I'd agree though that it is really repetitive. It feels even worse when you still can't even figure out how to fight half the enemies. I really must've missed something. "Who's that guy? What's he weak against again?"

Anywho the music was awesome, the graphics were great (pretty amazingly detailed - the Wonderful Ones actually have a battle ravaged model in the latter parts of the game. Their suits are all torn up and stuff. Really cool). The story is pretty cool as well. I didn't expect it to be as fun as it was, even if it relies on typical anime tropes. I did really like the combat but wish the enemies were more forgiving.
Posted: 06/18/15, 06:18:31  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 06:19:23
The game went well enough for me until a certain button mashing segment that I just couldn't pull off.
Posted: 06/18/15, 06:42:20
I was really enjoying this game but I own it digitally and had to sacrifice it during a routine fridge clean. I should finally be buying a hard drive for the console next month and plan on getting some time in with Wonderful 101.
Posted: 06/18/15, 11:50:45
I almost shed a tear (not really, but makes for a good story) when I saw this thread bumped.

Wonderful 101 was my Most Wanted game at E3 the year it was shown, and I've BARELY put a dent in it.
For shame.
Posted: 06/18/15, 20:10:35
I've been meaning to replay the game ever since I finished it. I'll probably never get around to doing that.
Posted: 06/18/15, 20:32:42
My main complaint is the lack of tells on enemy attacks. Shits more subtle than Bayo and even Monster Hunter. But aside from that, I'm digging the game a lot. With every new member I feel like it opens up my arsenal that much more.
Posted: 06/19/15, 00:44:05
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