The Avengers are Smashing onto Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360 Kinect

May 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am

Ubisoft and Marvel have announced that a game based on The Avengers series will be heading exclusively to Nintendo Wii U and Microsoft Xbox 360.

“Marvel Avengers: Battle for Middle Earth” will have motion sensing controls for the Microsoft Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor, but details about the Wii U version will be revealed at this year’s E3.

“The idea that we’re making a motion-control version of ‘The Avengers’ is a unique proposition if you compare that to superhero games of the past,” said Tony Key, Ubisoft’s vice-president of sales and marketing, “This is the perfect type of game for that because these characters are very action oriented. They’re always fighting and throwing things.”

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will (thankfully) be based off the Marvel comic series, rather than the recent blockbuster (and awesome) movie. More than 20 characters from the series will appear, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk, as well as the Skrull who will act as the main bad guys.

Ubisoft were understandably thrilled at the fact that the recent movie has been selling so well; The Avengers smashed box office records, raking in a cool $207.4 Million in North America’s opening weekend.

“For us, that obviously raises the brand itself to an even higher level, and that’s good for our video game because we have an opportunity to reach a broader audience than just the guys who love comic book characters.”. Tony Key also mentioned the game will be “family friendly” despite it’s action/fighting based combat.

Here’s hoping Ant-Man makes an appearance.

But what about a Sony PlayStation 3 version? It seems it was left out of the announcement – could this mean Sony are gearing up to release a new console soon? Or has Ubisoft snubbed the publisher for some other reason? Are we looking too far into it? Did they simply forget, or leave out the PS3 because using the words “Kinect” and “Wii U” in a press release is more exciting? So many questions…

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