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The Wonderful 101 review round-up

All the verdicts in one place

In our The Wonderful 101 review we said the game "lacks the mesmerising fluidity of Platinum's other work" but "puts on a real show for the eyes all the same".

We added: "Hack and slash connoisseurs with both the patience to learn a new way to play and a thirst for high-score chasing will be well-rewarded for their investment."

Critics far and wide have also been delivering their verdicts on the Wii U exclusive and, as always, we've collated all the reviews in one easy-to-digest list. Take a look below for a full overview of the game's critical reception.

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  • The Telegraph: 5/5 - If you can handle The Wonderful 101's breathless pace and steep learning curve, you'll discover one of the most inventive, exciting games of 2013.
  • Eurogamer: 8 - The Wonderful 101 has issues, especially with the gamepad, but it's also a beautifully engineered, original idea that looks gorgeous in motion. It's gigantic, too, with my first campaign run clocking in at 15 hours. Beyond that lie Hard difficulty, a long series of Wonderful Missions dedicated to the combat system, and such a depth of unlocks that I've barely scratched the surface.
  • IGN: 7.4 - The Wonderful 101 is both a showcase for the amazing potential of the Wii U's GamePad and for its pitfalls. It's amazingly inventive and full of color and bright-eyed character, but its control problems are so persistent they're unignorable. Even that doesn't ruin what is otherwise a clever and adventurous action game, but The Wonderful 101 is kept from being as truly wonderful as it might have been.
  • GameSpot: 8.0 - This is an ambitious, funny, and inventive game that's keen to impress but slightly scrappy in its presentation, packed with ideas but is slightly confused about how to express all its abundant creativity. This might not be the Wii U's killer app, but it's a much-needed shot in the arm.
  • Nintendo Insider: 92% - An energetic adventure throughout, with such charismatic charm it is easy to forget that this is an entirely new IP that suitably deserves a successive sequel in future. And for such undoubted quality, Platinum Games sheer talent in the genre remains unquestionable.
  • Nintendo Life: 9/10 - It's not perfect, with some control quirks, fiddly moments and a multiplayer mode that feels tacked on, but so much about this title is thrilling. There's simply no other game on the market with such a focus on ridiculous fun - this really is a must-have title for the Wii U.
  • VideoGamer: 8/10 - The sense of fun is palpable throughout, the characters are mostly pretty likeable, and surprisingly the plot's fairly absorbing. It helps that it's been pretty sharply written too, full of excellently corny jokes and one liners.
  • Digital Spy: 4/5 - The Wonderful 101 is a great fit for the Wii U, being rich in colour and charm and putting the system's unique features to good use. Combat is strategic and rewarding, and some of the mechanics on show are refreshingly innovative.
  • Metro: No score - Insurmountable problems with the controls stop this from being another Platinum classic but it's still a fun game, overflowing with charm and wonderfully silly action.
  • Games Radar: 3/5 - A new IP from Platinum with swagger and style is something gamers have wanted for Wii U for so long. But the reality is that its gameplay just doesn't gel and numerous baffling design choices get in the way so as to render all the astonishing style moot. It just isn't very fun. And 'Mediocre 101' isn't good enough.
  • The Guardian: No score - Bright and optimistic without being cloying, with a wry sense of humour throughout, The Wonderful 101 lives up to its title - simply wonderful.
  • NowGamer: 9.0 - Brilliant combat, entertaining characters and varied levels. A must-have for Wii U owners, and a reason to buy the console.
  • God is a Geek: 8/10 - As an exclusive, The Wonderful 101 is a real triumph for Nintendo, joining ZombiU and Pikmin 3 in showcasing just how cool a peripheral the GamePad truly is when used right. It might not always work as it should, but when it does it's something quite extraordinary. The overall presentation is of such high quality, and there's just so much heart in it, that The Wonderful 101 is an absolute must-buy for Wii U owners.

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