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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Team Ninja
Release Date: July 19, 2019

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11. 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order' (Switch)

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2019 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel superheroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more!

Cody Medellin: This is certainly one of the bigger surprise announcements of 2018, as we had thought the franchise was dead once Activision lost the Marvel license. Given the portable and multiplayer stance the Switch has taken, the action-RPG formula seems like a perfect fit for the system, and the addition of Marvel characters that have gained popularity thanks to the movies and TV shows that have come out since the second entry will make this all feel fresh again. The only red flag here has to be the involvement of Team Ninja, whose last Nintendo-produced title, Metroid: Other M, didn't exactly get the warmest of welcomes.

Fran Soto: It's been a while since we've seen anything for Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The superhero RPG brought new playable stories to the Marvel universe and gave fans a good amount of freedom in creating their dream teams. If Team Ninja plans to use the previous isometric RPG format, it would fit nicely with the Switch's features. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 has been announced as a Switch exclusive, so we're excited to see what new adventures our favorite heroes will encounter.

Thomas Wilde: I'm a big Marvel mark in the first place, and it's almost weird to see Wolverine standing alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe crew once again, but the Ultimate Alliance games have traditionally been great, mindless, multiplayer-friendly action-RPGs. It's a natural, smart fit for the Switch, and I expect to see it getting busted out on the regular at nerd parties toward the back half of the year.

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