This morning Nintendo ran its special edition Nintendo Direct for The Wonderful 101, in which game director Hideki Kamiya showed off the game's major features and an extended epic trailer. The Wonderful 101, if you haven't had the opportunity yet, looks absolutely outstanding. Platinum Games, of all studios, has somehow made that eccentric original IP for (maybe) all ages that in a perfect world would skyrocket to #1 in sales at launch. For now, just watch this epic 20 minute introduction to the game.
It's no secret that Nintendo has been under-advertising The Wonderful 101. It's an issue that Kamiya even spoke publicly about -- though there's not much Kamiya won't speak publicly on. Nintendo took the criticism to heart, which is what lead to this The Wonderful 101 Nintendo Direct, but is it enough? Heck, would it matter if it is enough, considering how small of an install base there is for the Wii U?
Regarding the Nintendo Direct video itself, for those that are familiar with the fame already, how you draw shapes on the GamePad to activate skills, the first 15 minutes or so will be fairly boring. There's some interesting new details regarding multiple abilities activating at once, but otherwise Kamiya just goes over the basics again. The last few minutes, which include the new extended trailer, are outstanding. It's the first time that I recall Platinum really showing what sort of personality and theme this game has, rather than just the interesting mechanics. I think it'll sell any Wii U owner on why this game is awesome.
Oh, and one final awesome The Wonderful 101 detail -- a demo of the game should be available today on the Wii U eShop in both Europe and North America Watch, play, and support original IP development no matter the platform! I can't wait to finally play the whole thing. Pick up the game on September 15.