That’s what Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya is saying, anyway. In its original form, The Wonderful 101 was originally pitched to Kamiya as, “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.”
This approach may have been more appealing and may have even reached a wider audience due to the likability and recognition of such characters. It would have also been interesting to see how Platinum Games would have differentiated powers and attributes among the different characters. The project was later put on hold and became the game that we know today after some re-imagining by Kamiya and his staff.
The Wonderful 101 is being developed by Platinum Games and will be published by Nintendo for the Wii U on August 23rd and 24th, and September 15th, 2013 in Europe, Japan and Australia, and North America respectively. Kamiya’s full interview with Videogamer can be found in the link below.