I finally got around to playing Wonderful 101, another Kamiya masterpiece. There have been some great to excellent action games this year like DmC and Platinum's own Metal Gear Rising but neither of those are as good as W101. The action is as intense and deep as you would expect from a Kamiya game but that isn't why it is so great.
So why is this game so awesome, it's that you have no clue what the game will throw at you next. This is not a hardcore hack and slash action game, in fact this game has infinite lives and is impossible to get stuck (you simply will get a bad score). This is a love letter to all kinds of action games, it brings the joy of the twitch shooter, the button masher, the platformer and all sorts of other genre moments. It almost feels like it celebrates the joy of playing video games, like a long lost 16-bit game. Its all wrapped up in a sort of awesome Saturday morning cartoon story that is surprising interesting, very cliche but like how it is a homage to video games its also a homage to all the craziest saturday morning cartoons.
I can't say the core combat hangs with the big boys in NG, DMC or bayonetta, but it makes up for it in the unknown of what kind of off the wall gameplay scenario you will see next. Even in the standard game moments this world is filled with loads of secrets often time solved by elemental puzzles. It almost has this zelda quality of "how do I get to that" maybe you haven't acquired the item needed yet or maybe haven't really explored everything.
It is such a shame almost no one will play this game. It's a hard sell with a weird control scheme on a system no one owns. Yet this game has the potential to be another Nintendo franchise, it has all the ingredients. It has so many Nintendo moments, I cannot spoil it for you cause its too AMAZING, this game is for Nintendo fans as much as it is for action fans. i read in an Iwata asks that Kamiya wanted this game to star Nintendo characters originally but Nintendo said no, they had a chance for this game to instantly become a million seller just by having Link, Mario, Samus instead of new characters. Nintendo should have promoted this game as hard as any of their biggest games, it is that good.
If you have a Wii U you better buy this game.