The Wonderful 101 Started as a Nintendo All-Star Game

Kamiya explains how The Wonderful 101 became the super horde it is today

By Andy Hoover. Posted 08/21/2013 19:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

At Gamescom, Europe’s biggest annual gaming expo, The Wonderful 101‘s director, Hideki Kamiya, revealed the game’s very intriguing origins. Rather than being a game about a massive number of superheroes, the concept started when Tatsuya Minami, the president of Platinum Games, recommended coming up with a game that incorporated all of Nintendo’s major characters, along with popular characters from other game franchises, together.

“When you try and incorporate many characters with high popularity, there are fans who like certain characters more than others,” said Kamiya. “I thought how I could satisfy everyone and make everyone happy and I came up with the idea of why not having everyone displayed in the game at the same time. That’s where the idea was born.”

As the project progressed, the cast of gaming greats was eventually dropped for the superhero theme that we see in the final product. As cool as it would be to see a horde of Nintendo heroes run around together, I think the change was for the better. Without the new style, I doubt we would have the same, over-the-top, Sentai inspired insanity that gives the game a lot of its charm. Not to mention we probably wouldn’t have the Gethjerk for enemies, and I think that is quite possibly the greatest name ever given to a group of video game baddies.

The Wonderful 101 releases in North America on September 15.

Source: Video Gamer

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