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Become the Hero of the Hour When The Wonderful 101 is Released for Wii U on 23rd August

Join Wonder-Red and the rest of the Wonderful Ones in a mission to save the Earth from the onslaught of the GEATHJERK invasion!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 08/02/13 -- Planet Earth is under siege once more from an alien invasion, and regular citizens are looking for a hero to save the day. Prepare to unite up with Wonder-Red and 100 other Wonderful Ones when The Wonderful 101 comes to Wii U on 23rd August! Developed by PlatinumGames with a team including producer Atsushi Inaba and director Hideki Kamiya, this fast-paced action adventure game pits gamers against the GEATHJERK, evil aliens who were prevented from conquering Earth once before, but have returned to finish the job!

In The Wonderful 101, gamers control a group of secret heroes plucked from their normal lives to save the world in a time of emergency. Will Wedgewood is a teacher at Blossom City Elementary School, but to some he is known as Wonder-Red, young secret combat service prodigy and soon-to-be leader of The Wonderful 100. Joining him in this elite group is Eliot Hooker, detective with the Los Angeles Police Department in his everyday life, and the man behind the mask of Wonder-Blue.

Each of the core characters in The Wonderful 101 are defined by their Unite Morph powers, which allow them to transform a group of heroes into objects, such as a giant fist called Unite Hand, a powerful blade by the name of Unite Sword, or even a firearm known as Unite Gun. All Unite Morph powers become more powerful depending on the number of heroes currently recruited, so make sure to keep an eye out for citizens crying "Help!" - adding them to your team will reinforce your unit as you battle the GEATHJERK invaders!

In-game, the Wii U GamePad controller acts as the hub for directing your heroes. By drawing shapes on the touch screen gamers can create Unite Morph powers, and an on-screen menu allows gamers to select which hero will be your team leader. Additionally, the Wii U GamePad acts as your eyes when entering buildings, with the action shifting to the touch screen, and the use of motion controls coming into play in order to look around the environment.

After successfully completing each operation, gamers can use the O-parts they have collected to purchase added powers and strengthen their armoury at secret bases called Wonderful Marts. From Unite Guts, a basic defensive move that encases the heroes in an almost indestructible pudding, to Unite Spring, which turns the heroes into a spring that allows them to quickly dodge or vault over attacks, these extra abilities will come in handy when taking on some of the more menacing members of the GEATHJERK forces.

Apart from the regular single-player Story Mode, the Wonderful Missions give the gamer and up to four other players a chance to see how their scores match up against each other while battling the alien horde in several different arenas. Gamers can also use the capture function to post their screenshots on Miiverse and show off their wonderful exploits.

Get acquainted with the Wonderful Ones and fend off the attempted invasion of Earth by the GEATHJERK when The Wonderful 101 launches on Nintendo Wii U on 23rd August. Get ready to unleash formidable Unite Morph powers, recruit regular citizens into your band of super-heroes, and discover how strength in numbers is the key to success!

For further details:

The Wonderful 101 gamepage http://www.nintendo.co.uk/thewonderful101

Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk

Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk

Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK

Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope

Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U(TM) and Wii(TM) home consoles, Nintendo 3DS(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System(TM), Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 654 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi(TM) and Nintendo DSi XL(TM), as well as the Game Boy(TM), Game Boy Advance(TM), Super NES(TM), Nintendo 64(TM) and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(TM), Metroid(TM), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(TM). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

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