There have been many Wii U classics that got a second chance in recent years, and now, a certain favorite is getting its chance to make the jump. PlatinumGames announced today that it will be launching a Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, to bring the game to Nintendo Switch, with more platforms potentially on the way via stretch goals.
In a statement from PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba, they say the project to bring The Wonderful 101 to multiple platforms has required a lot of coordination and more time than expected. The IP's ownership status has changed in undisclosed ways, but Inaba says that "Nintendo's kindness has allowed us to expand to other platforms."
The campaign will run from now until March 6, at noon PST with an expected delivery date of April 2020 for game itself. Various tiers will net you a digital or physical copy of The Wonderful 101: Remastered, with higher tiers including a soundtrack, shirt, keychain, and getting blocked on Twitter by director Hideki Kamiya.
Though PlatinumGames recently partnered with Tencent, a Chinese-based company that owns or has stakes in several gaming studios including Riot Games and Epic, Inaba says it is "completely unrelated" to The Wonderful 101: Remastered.
"This is a project we've been wanting to do for a number of years now and have been working on little by little, and we want to include players and fans in the final phase of making it a success as we push toward our goal," Inaba says.
The Wonderful 101 was a lesser known PlatinumGames brawler featuring a giant cast of heroes teaming up and fighting various enemies. Despite being fairly solid, it didn't find much success thanks to being a Wii U exclusive. PlatinumGames has been teasing the game's potential on the Switch for some time, and now, it seems like that might just become a reality.
Assisting PlatinumGames with the remaster is Nighthawk Interactive, the studio behind remasters like last year's Disney classics collection. Also partnering with PlatinumGames for the Kickstarter campaign is Dangen Entertainment, a company that came under scrutiny last year after allegations of sexual harassment and poor business practices came to light. The CEO who was accused has since left the company.
The campaign closes on March 6, with a goal of $50,000. At the time of this writing, the campaign has already hit its initial funding goal, and the number is still climbing higher toward more stretch goals.