The Wonderful 101 was meant to have Nintendo Characters?
No, I’m not kidding. Apparently, one of the original plans for The Wonderful 101 was that it’d be 100 Nintendo characters teaming up to go on an epic adventure and take down the forces of evil. So the likes of Mario and Link would replace the likes of Wonder Red and Wonder Green. Here’s Hideki Kamiya’s original comment about the game:
Originally I got an order from the president of Platinum Games, Tatsuya Minami, asking me to create a game idea that had an all-star cast of Nintendo characters plus characters from other games and that’s how the project started. … When you try and incorporate many characters with high popularity, there are fans who like certain characters more than others. I thought how I could satisfy everyone and make everyone happy and I came up with the idea of why not having everyone displayed in the game at the same time. That’s where the idea was born.
So in other words, it’d be like Super Smash Bros the real time strategy/Pikmin like game. Coolest idea ever? I think so, even though The Wonderful 101 does look like an amazing game as it is. I mean, can you imagine how much better sales would probably have been if the game’s hook was ‘Mario, Link, Samus etc team up, 100s of Nintendo all stars in battle on screen at once’ rather than ‘100 superheroes team up to fight evil’?
But what do you think? Would you have wanted a Wonderful 101 game with Nintendo all stars as the heroes you control in a large team/army?