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Marvel Super Hero Squad (video game)

Marvel Super Hero Squad is a video game developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment,[1] Mass Media,[1] and Halfbrick[1] and published by THQ. It was released on October 20, 2009 for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and Wii. The game features cartoonish super-deformed versions of the Marvel Comics superhero characters, as seen in the Marvel Super Hero Squad toy line by Hasbro, as well as the television show made by Film Roman and Marvel Animation for Cartoon Network.

Marvel Super Hero Squad
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North American Wii box art
Developer(s)Blue Tongue Entertainment (Wii)
Halfbrick (DS)
Mass Media
(PS2 and PSP)
Publisher(s)THQ
Director(s)Robert Blackadder
Designer(s)Phil Anderson
Hartley Mitchell
Programmer(s)Alister Hatt
Paul Baker
Artist(s)Julian Lamont
Darren Tibbles
Alex Ries
Writer(s)Mark Hoffmeier
Composer(s)Mick Gordon
SeriesMarvel Super Hero Squad
EngineTOSHI
Havok
Platform(s)Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
ReleaseOctober 20, 2009
Genre(s)Beat 'em up, fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

GameplayEdit

Marvel Super Hero Squad is split into two parts: Adventure Mode and Battle Mode. In Adventure Mode, there are 6 chapters for each hero: Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine, Falcon and Thor. In the character selection, and the level players are playing, there is the main character, then the player gets to pick their own superhero, and they have a large amount of choices. In each level, they have to defeat a wave of enemies and achieve their target (Ms. Marvel tells them what to do). If it's a boss level, it is similar to the Battle mode although what the player has to do is either achieve 5 points, 7 points or 10 points in order to defeat him. Battle Mode is a free-for-all fighting mode. The player makes a new profile, then they either have two options: Versus Mode or Squad Mode. If it is Versus Mode, they pick their character they want to play as but if it's Squad Mode, Player 1 picks two characters, Player 2 picks the other two characters. Then in the Options section, the player picks how many points they can achieve in the battle: 5, 1O or more. Then they go and play the battle. Once finished, they can play again with different characters or go back to the main menu.

PlotEdit

 
The Hulk battles A.I.M. soldiers

The Soldiers cover an Infinity Fractal. Doctor Doom plans to get the Infinity Fractal so he can make the Infinity Melder (a small version of the Infinity Sword). Then the Super Hero Squad intervene and destroy the fractal into pieces and one large chunk of it is stuck in MODOK's forehead. Iron Man tells the Super Hero Squad to find all 6 missing pieces of the fractal. Doctor Doom says that he can't let those super heroes get the fractals first. Iron Man introduces to the team a new invention called: The Stark Shard Locator and Monitor (SSLAM for short). So the team get into action and they find the 6 missing pieces of the fractal.

When they've collected all the 6 missing pieces of the fractal, the Mayor of Super Hero City congratulate them for their heroics. The civilians cheer for them then the Mayor reveals the fine works of art of the superheroes. Then Dr. Doom stands in one of them. Iron Man says it's the real Dr. Doom. The people scream. Dr. Doom shock-blasts the superheroes then unleashes his secret army (which is Modokbots). Doctor Doom blames MODOK. The team put on Stark Industries Mind Control Nullifying Belt Buckles and they have to defeat all the Modokbots. Once they've finished defeating Dr. Doom with the Infinity Sword, he's defeated and Ms. Marvel with the helicarrier takes him in. Iron Man congratulates the superheroes for their hard work.

VoicesEdit

  • Troy Baker: S.H.I.E.L.D. Soldier 2, A.I.M. Agent 2, Civilian 3, Delivery Boy

CharactersEdit

Playable characters:

  • Iron Man

- War Machine Suit

  • Captain America

- U.S Agent Captain America Suit

  • Ms. Marvel
  • Falcon
  • Thor

- Modern Thor

  • The Hulk

- Red Hulk

  • Silver Surfer

- Anti-Surfer

  • Wolverine

- Wolverine Brown Suit

  • Spider-Man

- Black Suit Spider-Man

- Spider-Man 2099

  • Invisible Woman
  • Storm

- Storm [Loki version]

  • The Thing
  • Nightcrawler
  • Dr. Doom

- Dr Doom Light Suit

  • Sabretooth
  • Mole Man
  • Abomination

- Blue Abomination

  • Crimson Dynamo
  • Magneto

- Dark Magneto

  • Juggernaut

- Juggernaut [Loki version]

  • A.I.M Agents

DevelopmentEdit

Marvel Super Hero Squad marked the first game to be developed from a licensing agreement between Marvel Comics and THQ.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings53%[3]
Metacritic51%[4]
Review scores
PublicationScore
1UP.comC+[5]
GameSpot4/10[6]
IGN5.8/10[7]
Worthplaying6/10[8]

The game was received "mixed" reviews according to Metacritic.

SequelEdit

A sequel titled Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet was released November 16, 2010 with many modifications made. The first game's developers were changed to Griptonite Games, and the consoles the game would be played on changed; the game was still for Wii and Nintendo DS, but PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable consoles were changed to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

Another sequel was produced afterwards, requiring a uDraw GameTablet.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Chiappini, Dan (2009-07-26). "Marvel Super Hero Squad Hands-On Impressions". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-08-03. Blue Tongue is spearheading the lead version of the game for the Wii, while PlayStation 2 and PSP versions will also be available at launch and are being handled by developer Mass Media. A DS version is also in the works and being handled by fellow Aussie studio, Halfbrick.
  2. ^ "THQ and Marvel Enter into Licensing Agreement for Games Based on Marvel's Super Hero Squad". GameSpy. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  3. ^ "Marvel Super Hero Squad for Wii - GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  4. ^ "Marvel Super Hero Squad for Wii - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  5. ^ Sanchez, Tina (2009-10-26). "Marvel Super Hero Squad (Wii)". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2009-11-10.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ McShea, Tom (2009-10-30). "Marvel Super Hero Squad Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  7. ^ Bozon, Mark (2009-10-20). "Marvel Super Hero Squad Wii Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  8. ^ Hilderbrand, Brad (2009-11-04). "Wii Review - 'Marvel Super Hero Squad'". Worth Playing. Retrieved 2009-11-10.

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