With 30 days left to go on PlatinumGames' new Kickstarter campaign, The Wonderful 101: Remastered has already racked up thousands of backers, blown past the $1 million mark, and met a handful of its stretch goals. Currently, the remaster project has raised over $1.35 million with over 20,000 backers contributing.
Today, in the first of what'll likely be a few "Wonderful Wednesday" updates between now and the campaign's end, director Hideki Kamiya shared his gratitude for the response the Kickstarter's garnered so far. He also shared a look at the earliest design document for the concept and isometic action of The Wonderful 101—or as it was called before "the client" (presumably Nintendo) intervened, The Wonderful 100.
The pages from the document, dated September 6, 2010, are pretty striking. Apart from the initial design of Wonder Red—which hews quite close to that of Viewtiful Joe—a lot of the ideas and mechanics in the final release were already fully formed in Kamiya's head, which he notes was "a rare case" for his games.
"Incidentally, I drew all the sketches you see here (LOL)," adds Kamiya. "There was no team to speak of at this point, so I had to draw all the necessary art as well as make the entire design document myself."
It's likely we'll see more concept art and development tidbits as the campaign continues to climb past stretch goals and as fans complete "missions" in Platinum's Defense of Blossom City social media challenge, which has already expanded the size of the artbook that'll ship with some of the backer tiers.
The Kickstarter campaign will close on March 6, 2020. At present, the next two stretch goals are Luka's First Mission, a new 2D side scrolling game at $1.5 million, and a remix soundtrack "featuring a secret special guest" at $1.75 million.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered is targeting a launch in April 2020. Currently, the is game slated to launch on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC via Steam. Nighthawk Interactive is partnering with PlatinumGames on the remaster, and Dangen Entertainment—a publishing company that recently underwent restructuring following allegations of sexual harassment and poor treatment of developers—is assisting with the Kickstarter campaign.