Earlier today, it was clear that developer PlatinumGames was up to some business. The company launched a site, teasing… something. Indeed, it was a mystery, and all we had to go on was the number four. However, not long after the site went live, its goal was apparent. PlatinumGames had four announcements to make, and the first was to officially unveil the Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101: Remastered. The Kickstarter went live and then kinda broke under the weight of all the fans donating money. It worked. Not long after the announcement, the Kickstarter rocketed past $250,000 USD, guaranteeing a Steam PC port.
Hints of the Kickstarter started wafting our way over the weekend. As spotted by our sister site Nintendo Enthusiast, PlatinumGames created a Kickstarter profile. But what was it for, exactly? Well, according to the leak, Platinum shopped around for a publisher for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, but wasn’t finding much luck.
In an interview with Gematsu last year, game director and Twitter ban fan Hideki Kamiya talked about the effort. Apparently, the developer went to Nintendo about the possibility of a port. However, Nintendo responded by saying “you either do it only with us or do it yourselves.” I think we know what happened next.
The Wonderful crowdfunder
At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter for the game has passed $300,000 USD. Its initial goal was $50,000 for a Switch port, so I’d say the plan was a success. This all but guarantees a port onto PC via Steam, according to the stretch goals. It needed $250,000 for it to happen, and we made it there in no time at all.
There are myriad awards if you plan on donating. You can claim a T-shirt or a sticker set. But who the hell cares about that? Especially when one of the awards is to get blocked by Kamiya on Twitter — if you make the $102 USD pledge (or higher). For those who aren’t aware, Kamiya is an interesting guy. Not afraid to speak his opinion on the popular social media platform, Kamiya has made it one of his goals to block all those who look at him cockeyed. If you so desire, you can be added to his colossal block list. Honestly, that’s been on my bucket list for years.
The Wonderful 101 was a unique action game that released on the ill-fated Wii U back in 2013. It didn’t sell all that well, sadly, despite the positive reception. Looking at the reaction from fans and interested parties today, I can say there’s a good chance the remaster will have the opportunity to shine. And all it needed to do was end up on a better system. Oh, and earn a quarter of a million dollars, but I digress. The estimated delivery date for the game is April 2020.