The Wonderful One: After School Hero Logo
The Wonderful One: After School Hero Icon
The Wonderful One: After School Hero

Developer: PlatinumGames

  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • Available for free to Wonderful 101 owners, or available as a budget stand-alone, this platform shooter at least has added personality

    While the Wonderful 101 Remaster didn’t quite work in its conversion to the single-screen Switch there was never any doubt that the game lacked its own sense of flair and personality. This DLC appears to be trying to run with what worked in the game while stripping away its issues, and to a degree that works nicely, even if the resultant play perhaps feels a little generic. Rather than matching the more of a isometric 3D beat-em-up feel of the original, One has opted for a more traditional 2D platform shooter, though to its credit at least it has twin-stick shooting to help make things a bit more interesting. To add some variability and appeal you’ll also have a few firing modes to shift between depending on your tastes for dispatching enemies and in particular the need to use your ricochet lasers when trying to trigger sensors that will open doors or things like that so you can progress. The result, especially given its budget price (or, if you own the main game, the fact that it’s free), is at least pretty novel and there’s something to be said for that. Even so, outside of the presentation and general personality I wouldn’t say there’s anything that absolutely leaps out to make it a must-play experience, it’s more just a decent experience, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.2]

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