The Wonderful 101 Kickstarter Rewards Continue To Face Delays 1

The Wonderful 101 Kickstarter Rewards Continue To Face Delays

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Image: PlatinumGames

The Wonderful 101: Remastered on Nintendo Switch and other current-gen platforms had a surprising (at the time) Kickstarter campaign, which was also the first time that PlatinumGames was self-publishing a game. Though it’s been excellent to see a hugely fun title get a second chance in the spotlight after its previous life as a Wii U exclusive, issues around the Kickstarter campaign have lingered.

The key issue relates to physical rewards that have endured a number of delays, especially when you consider that the game has been out in the wild since May 2020. Today Yetee, which has handled large parts of the production and distribution for PlatinumGames, addressed the remaining rewards and their status in an update sent to backers.

First of all, it seems that a minority of backers are yet to receive their ‘phase 1’ rewards, seemingly due to them not filling in a confirmation form last December; these remaining rewards are now being sent out.

‘Phase 2’ goods are apparently in different phases of readiness, with some in production or awaiting final approval. The optimistic schedule for the below rewards going out is January, but with the current logistical challenges of shipping and production it may slip.

  • Toy Set
  • Platinum Trophy
  • Full CD Soundtrack
  • Wonderful Mask
  • Button Display Case
  • Acrylic Standee
  • Wonderful Pendant
  • Vinyl Record
  • Custom Controllers

Unfortunately what’s now termed ‘Phase 2.5’ looks set for a longer delay. The comic, Wonder-Red jacket and artbook have no estimates at present, and Yetee has clarified that the artbook doesn’t even have finalised design and content as yet.

We are actively working on the comic and are excited to share details with you in future updates.

The supplier of the base jacket lost the original shipment, so we are actively working to produce the goods domestically to avoid this from happening. We anticipate being able to share some photos of this reward soon.

We are still in the process of design and layout for the artbook. We want to showcase as much design, artwork and information as possible. We look forward to sharing more information on the development of this reward in future updates.

While the initial scope of these rewards hasn’t changed, we have underestimated the complexity and nuance needed to produce them with the care they deserve. We will continue to update you on the progress as they are developed.

It’s certainly surprising that not far off two years after the campaign ran (in March 2020) there are rewards still not fully finalised and designed. Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer for those backers.

There’s no question that it’s been a Kickstarter campaign with a number of issues, and it seems the backers who paid the most will need to remain patient.