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The Wonderful 101 [Beta / Concept - Wii U]

The Wonderful 101 is an action game for the Wii U, developed by Platinum Games in partnership with Nintendo and was directed by famed Japanese designer, Hideki Kamiya, of Okami and Devil May Cry notoriety. It was released in 2013 and has since developed a small cult following among Wii U owners.

The game follows the adventures of The Wonderful 100, a team of superheroes, as they fight to defend Earth from an alien menace known as the ‘GEATHJERK Federation‘. Despite being released almost a full year into the Wii U’s lifespan, the project had in fact been in the works for a few years prior. As revealed by the staff who worked on it over the course of its development, its direction underwent some considerable shifts along the way.

Video Game All Stars, Unite Up!

As disclosed by Hideki Kamiya at Gamescom 2013, The Wonderful 101 began life as an entirely different entity. Kamiya’s involvement with the project started a few years earlier, when the President and CEO of Platinum Games, Tatsuya Minami, tasked him with creating an action game with a cast of some of gaming’s biggest icons. It was set to feature Nintendo characters primarily, as well as guest stars from third party companies.

The project in this form dates all the way back to 2011 and was planned to be developed not on Wii U, but on the Wii.

At that time it wasn’t necessarily based on any specific platform. But when we took it to Nintendo, the discussions went from there, and we decided to put it on Wii.” – Hideki Kamiya, on the first iteration of The Wonderful 101 project.

Although it has been never stated which characters from companies outside of Nintendo were planned, Kamiya did elaborate on the main cast of this original vision at 2013’s Penny Arcade Expo. During an interview with Siliconera, he mentioned that Link and Mario were among those featured. This suggests that the two might have been the basis for the ‘Unite Hand’ and ‘Unite Sword’ moves, based upon the traits of either character.

Initially, the idea was proposed by Mr. Minami, to create a game featuring Nintendo characters or other popular characters together in one game. With the idea of putting characters like Mario and Link into the same game, you end up with a situation where fans of Mario are forced to play as Link.

Moreover, during Platinum’s panel at the event, Kamiya described one piece of concept art for the project, involving other Mario characters. He gave the example of a portion where Peach, Luigi and Yoshi attempt to grab hold of one another to form a bridge, with Mario hopping across the top of them, allowing him to traverse a large bottomless pit. One artist, Kibbles, has put together a sketch for us to illustrate what this roughly might have looked like.

Wonderful 101 mario bridge concept

It appears that this idea might well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. The director went on to to say that the people at Nintendo viewing this concept in particular was the point at which they decided the project could not be realised

Emperor [DS - Cancelled]

Emperor is a cancelled Real Time Strategy game that was in development by Frame Studios for the Nintendo DS. The player would have been able to control one of three important civilizations: Romans, Greeks or Egyptians, and start his campaign to build a new Empire, conquer the known World and change History. Probably Frame Studios was not able to find a publisher interested in the game and Emperor was never released.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Galaxy’s End [PSP - Cancelled]

Galaxy’s End is an unreleased science-fiction RTS developed by Tiki Games for the PSP. The game received Stage 1 Approval from SCEA but they did not found a publisher interested in releasing the project. With the introduction of the Playstation Store for the PSP, Galaxy’s End could be completed at some point. As we can read on Joystick:

“When we started Galaxy’s End we absolutely needed a publisher at some point – not just for the financial aspect but to get it into stores. Now that the PLAYSTATION Store has been added for the PSP we have the opportunity to finish the game and release it as a digital download (like NOVASTRIKE).”

“Quite frankly we don’t have the finances to finish Galaxy’s End right now. So we’ll likely have to look for another loan. And I’ll need to convince my family (who are presently self-funding Tiki Games) that there’s a large enough audience that would be willing to purchase a downloadable real-time strategy game for the PSP.”

In the gallery below you can see work-in-progress screenshots and a gameplay movie. If you are interested in learning more about Tiki Games, the team members and Galaxy’s End, you can check their website at www.tikigames.net

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Star Trek: Tactical Assault [Beta - PSP]

The only Star Trek game on the PSP, Star Trek Tactical Assault featured two mission campaigns based around the original Star Trek films era. However, there were a number of elements left out of the main game, but which remain accessible.

The first is a debug mode, where the player can select any ship on a particular level to play. It also includes a camera function to look at ships from different angles. Debug information such as FPS could also be seen.

The E3 demo is hidden in the game’s content and can be accessed through CWCheat codes. It is very similar to the first mission in the game.

There are two other unused missions (one Federation, one Klingon), as well as a “combat test”. This seems to be a Skirmish mode mission with a set number of ships.

The game has a number of unused models, which seem to be from the original TV show rather than the films. The main one is a planet killer from The Doomsday Machine. It is not to scale, though.


There are two shuttle models (albeit without textures), one from the original show and one from the first film. The models can be flown like any other ship in the game, although the animation is jittery at times.

There is more information at Edward Kirk‘s website:
http://zenade.angelfire.com/STTA/debug.html 

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