Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is finally coming in 2019 after a ten year wait, and it’s coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch.
The news was announced at The Games Awards and I think it’s a big coup for Nintendo. Superheroes are all the rage in recent years, so securing a highly-anticipated superhero game exclusively for their system is a big deal for Ninty. Not only that, but the official blurb sounds quite familiar:
“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order brings together super heroes and super villains from across the Marvel Universe to battle for the limitless power of the Infinity Gauntlet, one Stone at a time. This unprecedented team of characters must use their unique superpowers to defeat the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order. The game will feature an original story and a playable cast of dozens of Marvel super heroes, including the Avengers, the X-Men, and – for the first time in series history – the Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Does that sound familiar? Okay, there are some slight alterations—such as the inclusion of the X-Men—but other than that, that could be the blurb on the back of the Avengers: Infinity War DVD. With Avengers: Endgame due out in April of next year (and the trailer for that releasing today, what a coincidence), Ultimate Alliance 3 is sure to release at a similar time for ultimate cash-in possibilities. I bet Nintendo have pound signs in their eyes right now.
The blurb goes on to describe the game in more detail:
“The new game features the same kind of action-RPG gameplay that made the franchise such a hit over a decade ago. In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, up to four players can drop in for co-op battles in a variety of ways: They can play online, link up offline via local wireless or pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to join the team. With another pair of Joy-Con (sold separately), four players can team up on one system. In addition to the series’ traditional perspective, the new entry will let players select a dynamic, zoomed-in heroic view, allowing for a more immersive play style for single-player or multiplayer when using multiple systems.”
The game is being developed by Team Ninja—who are most famously known for the Dead or Alive series—and features a very appropriate cartoon art style. Let’s just hope that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lives up to the hype of the Avengers.