Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Articles RSS Feed | Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network GameSkinny Weekend Download: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Nintendo's Joy Con Lawsuit, Rebel Galaxy: Outlaw, and More Sat, 27 Jul 2019 11:11:13 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 dominates our Switches, while Nintendo faces a lawsuit about Joy-Con drift — and even changes its policies about controller repair and replacement. 

In our culture section, we talk to Travis Baldree about Rebel Galaxy: Outlaw, getting all kinds of good tidbits about the upcoming space-sim/ARPG, including the game's length, story direction, and why the dev team doesn't really want you to grind. 

Rounding things out, we've got the usual collection of guide content for a ton of recent games, including MUA 3, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Madden 20, Yu-Gi-Oh!, GTA Online, and more, notwithstanding the glut of reviews we've got on deck. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 





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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Review — Heroic Hack and Slash Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:37:21 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the long-awaited sequel to the MUA and X-Men Legends franchises. Fans have been waiting for this day for years, and they will not be disappointed with what Team Ninja, Nintendo, and Marvel bring to the table with this release.

Before getting into this review for MUA 3, I must admit something: I love this genre, but I have never played the previous entries in the franchise. That means I am unable to compare it to the previous games in the series. I do not know how original fans would feel, but my experience with the game was highly favorable.

Let's start with the plot for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as it is probably the least important aspect of the game. An exploration of different worlds and dimensions in the Marvel universe, the plot focuses on familiar heroes, anti-heroes, and foes alike. Thanos is the big baddy, of course, and there is a rush to prevent him from getting the Infinity Stones. He works with, you guessed it, the Black Order.

Overall, I enjoyed the plot. I didn't go in expecting War and Peace, and I was entertained. It's a mishmash of some of the best characters Marvel has to offer, so it's filled with lots of fan service and entertaining dialogue.

One of my favorite little tidbits throughout the game's story mode is the introduction screens for each of the important characters. It is done in a sort of Borderlands-esque style with a fun description underneath their names, which can add a good bit of humor to some of the more serious characters, like Green Goblin. 

Although Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is filled with many fan-favorite characters, it also misses some seemingly obvious inclusions. The choices made for the cast make sense as they are based off some of the more popular characters from the last five to 10 years, but it is missing some notable characters like the Fantastic Four, or slightly less famous but still beloved characters like Squirrel Girl.

At launch, there are 36 playable characters that are mostly unlocked by playing through the story mode, though some of them are unlocked by completing extra missions called Infinity Trials. These missions are basically the same as the ones in the story mode with some sort of twist added, such as "you can only damage enemies with Synergy attacks" or "you need to kill enemies to add time to a countdown clock."

Some fans will be pleased to know that there are currently three DLC packs scheduled for release, which will include some of the more notably absent characters. Other fans will be less pleased to know that some of these DLC characters are likely to be based on characters that are already in the game as NPCs who come along with you on story missions.

Graphically, the game is gorgeous. It strikes a balance between the art style of the comics and the art direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even still, it employs its own stylized approach.

Abilities and attacks all have interesting effects. Some characters, who are similar to each other, tend to have abilities that don't look all that different, but stylizations still manage to make the on-screen action hold your attention.

While MUA3's soundtrack didn't particularly stand out during my time with the game, I enjoyed much of the moment-to-moment sound design. Fighting effects are satisfying, and the voice acting is well done for most of the characters. The only issue long-time fans might have is adjusting to new voice characters for familiar characters.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is an incredibly fun experience for fans of the genre, and it is especially fun with friends while playing couch co-op.

Players who are not fans of hack 'n' slash or beat em' up games but still love Marvel might enjoy the game, but players who are neither fans of Marvel nor the genre are unlikely to enjoy it due to some repetitive elements.

The combat's simplicity is familiar, and it's actually kind of therapeutic to mow down waves and waves of enemies. Thankfully, the game has immense replay value, implementing the expected New Game+ mode, which lets players test their skills on a ramped-up difficulty setting. 

Although Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3's combat can somewhat get stale, the rest of the game's RPG-style systems keep it interesting by giving you lots of ways to improve your characters and teams, such as collecting and improving ISO-8 crystals, enhancing abilities, and synergizing team bonuses by finding optimal compositions.

The ISO-8 system in MUA3 is based on collecting and earning ISO-8 crystals that will improve characters' stats, modifying either offensive or defensive attributes at the cost of the other, improving a character's ability to tank by drawing in more aggro, and much more. It encourages players to make choices about which crystals to improve, which to scrap, and how they should distribute them amongst team members.

The leveling system also provides a lot extra gameplay. Leveling a character not only makes them stronger by enhancing their stats, but it also gives you points to use to strengthen one of your character's four abilities based on their superpowers.

Choosing which abilities to level first is an important part of the gameplay as you will need to balance your team with a diversity of abilities to properly utilize the Synergy system. This system allows other characters to join yours in using an ability, thus increasing damage to enemies. 

Each character also has a set of traits that, when placed on a team with another character who has the same trait(s), enhances a team's stats. Furthermore, each character has a different combat style, role in a party, and set of abilities that must be considered when placing them with others.

One of the most appealing aspects of MUA3 is its multiplayer. Action RPGs like this one are best enjoyed with a party of friends.

Thankfully, the game is very flexible in its set up. You can play it on one Nintendo Switch with a single Joy-Con or you can play it with four players using both Joy-Cons, Pro controllers, or even old school Gamecube controllers. You can play it in couch co-op on the same screen, offline with multiple Nintendo Switches, or online. 


The Verdict

  • Entertaining enough plot with lots of fun dialogue thrown in
  • Tons of characters to choose from with more on the way
  • Lots of options for team building and character leveling
  • New Game+ and Trials provide extra hours of gameplay
  • Great co-op fun
  • Combat could possibly get repetitive
  • While the plot is entertaining, it is simple

All in all, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is definitely worth consideration, especially for fans of the franchise — or fans of Marvel in general. The game is shallow in some aspects, but deep in others.

It is visually pleasing and well designed in terms of sound. Its story mode is nothing to write home about, but it should entertain you.

At the end of the day, it's just a lot of fun to play with buddies, and that's really what these types of games are all about. 

[Note: A copy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was provided by Nintendo for the purpose of this review.]

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Secret Characters Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:13:01 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is all about building the right team with your favorite comic characters. That is why it is essential to make sure you have every character unlocked.

If you're not quite there yet, this guide for how to unlock the secret characters will help you out.

The Importance of Infinity Trials

Infinity Trials are missions that allow you to earn rewards like XP cubes, costumes, and secret characters in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

As you progress through the game, you automatically unlock the first set, but there are a total of four. You must find the other three while playing through the story mode and finding them off the main path.

Each of these four sets of Infinity Trials contain a secret character for you to unlock by beating a specific trial. These tend to be more difficult than the others because they require a higher level and the completion of previous trials to unlock them. They are also plain difficult missions that require fighting multiple bosses.


The characters are obviously going to be unlocked in the order of appearance in which you deal with them in-game. Elektra is up first.

You can unlock her by completing enough Trials to get to Ultimate: Bad Business in the Gamma Infinity Rift.

You complete it by defeating Kingpin, Ronan, and Juggernaut. Its Trial level is 30, so you will probably have to be halfway through the story mode to unlock her unless you've been leveling through Trials. Elektra unlocks at level 30. 


Up next in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, we have the mutant master of magnetism himself, Magneto.

You can unlock him by completing the Trial Boss Wave: Defeat Klaw and Two Bosses in the Psi Infinity Rift (unlockable in chapter 5).

This is a level 38 Trial where you face up against Klaw, Kingpin, and Doctor Strange. Just like the trial level, Magneto is unlocked at 38.


Everyone's favorite trickster god is the third secret character.

You unlock Loki by going to the Sigma Infinity Rift (unlockable in chapter 9) and completing Boss Wave: Defeat Ebony Maw and Four Bosses.

It is a level 45 trial. You face Ebony Maw, Supergiant, Cull Obsidian, Corvus Glaive, and Proxima Midnight one after another in that order. Loki unlocks at level 45.


This top dog can only be unlocked by going to the Lambda Infinity Rift (unlockable by beating the main story) and completing Ultimate: The Black Order. It is a level 65 trial, so you will have to have a seriously leveled team to even consider trying this as it's likely the most difficult Trial you'll face in the game.

You have to fight Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, and eventually the big man himself, Thanos. After completing this, you unlock a level 80 Thanos.


That does it for our Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 secret characters guide. If you want to improve your gameplay, check out our Synergy guide and our guide to MUA3's best teams. Keep your eyes peeled for more Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 guides here on GameSkinny!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Controller Support Explained Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:58:35 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 just came out and one of the most important questions a Switch owner should be asking when buying the game is what the controller support is like. 

One of the main features of the game is that it has really fun co-op. It would suck to buy MUA 3 to play with friends only to find out your favorite controllers aren't supported and you have to go buy more.

Thankfully, you can put your mind to ease. It seems as though the majority, if not all, of the Nintendo Switch's controllers are supported here.

You can play with the Joy-Con controllers of course.

You can either play with two Joy-Cons as one controller or you can use the Switch's Pro controllers if you prefer the size and feel of them.

This also applies to the Nintendo Switch specific Gamecube style controllers.

Unfortunately, tacos aren't supported in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

A lot of players online claim they can use the original Gamecube controller with the USB dock despite it seeming like it wouldn't be supported. The original Gamecube controllers lack buttons for "select," "home," "screenshot," and "ZL."

Luckily, if you are comfortable with not having the ability to take pics in-game or go back to the main menu, then you'll be fine. "ZL" is only used for an optional set of four character dialogues like "yes," "no," and "etc." that are not necessary to beat the game.

After getting the game, you can go into the "Options" menu and choose between three different control schemes. There's even a layout that mimics the original Ultimate Alliance games' button scheme if you're an old school fan.


Since you're here and thinking about MUA 3, why not check out our Best Teams guide to enhance your party build? You can also check out our Synergy guide to make sure you're doing as much damage as you possibly can. 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Best Teams Guide Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:07:26 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a simple game on the surface. It's sort of like a beat 'em up with super heroes in it. However, its RPG elements add complexity to it and keep things spicy.

One of those elements is building your team. A lot of new players and even experienced players are having difficulty getting through Infinity Trials and the main story mode because they're using mismatched characters and don't even know it.

That doesn't have to be you, though. This guide will help you build the best teams, so you can slice and dice to paradise in both modes.

Stacks on Stacks of Team Bonuses

The character in MUA 3 all have different stats, abilities, and other things that set them apart from each other. Some are better suited to tank, others for melee or ranged damage, and others for AoE and crowd control.

Something else they have is their Team Bonus which can be viewed on the hero select screen by pressing L.

Team Bonuses reflect either the character's traits or something about their in-universe origins or teams. For example, Rocket & Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax all have the Guardians of the Galaxy Team Bonus.

Building up as many Team Bonuses while picking good characters with solid abilities will give you the boost you need to make one of the best teams in MUA 3. These bonuses will increase specific stats for your whole team.

Best Teams Build #1 - Avengers Assemble

This team is one you will have access to pretty early on in the main story mode and I recommend switching to it from your previous team when you first unlock them. It consists of:

  • Captain America
  • Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Thor

This is a team build that will give a nice boost to most of your stats and is pretty well rounded.

It has the Team Bonuses Original Avengers, Heavy Hitters, Avengers, Agents of Shield, and Big Brains. You get a boost to Strength (2%), Mastery, (6%), Resilience (2%), Vitality (2%) and Energy (4%). The only stat missing here is Durability.

You can also try swapping Iron Man for Hawkeye as he complements Captain America or you can swap Captain America for Wasp to build a team that stacks the Original Avengers buff to Mastery.

Cyclops and Colossus will have to wait until their DLC release to join this next team.

Best Teams Build #2 - Mutant Mayhem

As you can guess from the title, this team uses characters from the X-Men franchise:

  • Storm
  • Wolverine
  • Nightcrawler
  • Deadpool

Between these heroes you will have a fearsome team because of the bonuses that stack. They all have the Team Bonus traits X-Men, some of them have X-Force, some are Anti-Heroes, three have Cutting Edge, etc.. It builds up Strength (17%) and Vitality (8%) stats super high.

If you have Magneto unlocked, you can switch him out with Storm for another great team.

Best Teams Build #3 - Women of Marvel

This is a team build that will utilize the Women of Marvel Team Bonus to Energy completely. It uses:

  • Spider-Gwen
  • Black Widow
  • Gamora
  • Psylocke

It also hits Femme Fatales, Agile Fighters, Web Warriors, Ultimate Alliance 3, Martial Artists, and Cutting Edge. It will give you a boost to Strength (4%), Mastery (6%), Resilience (2%), Vitality (1%), and Energy (4%).

Keep in mind that this team relies heavily on melee combat without much tankiness. If it doesn't fit your playstyle, you can swap out Psylocke with the Scarlet Witch for crowd control or Wasp for a little bit more Energy.


That does it for our team building guide. Check out our Synergy guide for more help and stay tuned for even more Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 guides.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Synergy Guide Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:00:19 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Can't progress in story mode? Stuck on getting the last star on an Infinity Trial? Tumbling over your tacos? You're probably not using Synergy right. This guide will break Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3's Synergy attacks down for you, so you can maximize your ability damage potential.

Abilities are the special attacks in MUA3 your character can use by holding R and pressing one of the controller's face buttons. Different abilities do different things - some set enemies on fire, some bind enemies, some do a lot of damage, etc.

However, if you try to do an ability while holding ZR instead, you do a Synergy attack. You can also turn some of your AI teammates' abilities into Synergy attacks by pressing A when prompted.

These attacks are important to master because they do serious damage. Not only that, but some of the Infinity Trials require you to use Synergy attacks to be able to do any sort of significant damage to your enemies at all. Lastly, they can also be used to break open doors, walls, etc. to find goodies like XP cubes.

Abilities have different traits that apply effects or affect the way damage is dealt when they are used as Synergy attacks.

Synergy refers to the resulting combination of the traits. Each character will have four abilities, thus four possibilities for Synergy attacks.

There are 15 traits in MUA3. They are:

  • Bash: Your character doles out mighty blows.
  • Charge: Your character charges at their target.
  • Beam: An energy beam that shoots out continuously.
  • Slam: Slams your enemies down to the ground.
  • Explosive: Releases multiple explosives at your enemies.
  • Burst: Causes a powerful explosion.
  • Barrage: A series of successive attacks against enemies.
  • Rapid-Fire: A series of successive bullet or beam attacks.
  • Launch: Causes enemies to go airborne.
  • Burn: Adds Fire to your ability. Deals damage over time by burning a foe.
  • Freeze: Adds Ice to your ability. Ice causes enemies to freeze.
  • Shock: Adds Shock to your ability. Shock weakens and paralyzes enemies.
  • Safeguard: Nullifies foes' damage.
  • Whirlwind: Tornado generating abilities.
  • Area Assault: Attacks that spin in an area.

As mentioned before, Synergy is just the combination of two of the traits listed above. There are a variety of ways to combine these traits. Different combinations will achieve different results. Here are the Synergies that are explained in MUA3:

  • Element BarrageBarrage OR Area AssaultWhirlwind OR Burn - Results in a tornado or elemental slashes that can seriously damage your enemies.
  • CoalesceBurn OR Freeze OR ShockWhirlwind - Creates an elemental infused tornado.
  • CatalystBash (or another trait that blows enemies away) + Burn OR Freeze OR Shock - Expands the range of the attack.
  • ShockwaveBash (or another trait that blows enemies away) + Bash (or another trait that blows enemies away) - Creates a shockwave in the surrounding area.
  • Mega BlastSlamExplosive - Tiny explosions combine to create a big one.
  • TremorSlamSlam - Creates an earthquake that causes enemies in the middle of your attack to take damage while other enemies affected by it will stumble.
  • Resonant BlastBeamBeam - Turns the two energy beams into a damage dealing sphere.
  • ReflectBeamSafeguard OR Area Assault - The Beam trait ability will deal damage while it scatters.
  • RicochetRapid FireSafeguard OR Area Assault OR Whirlwind - The Rapid-Fire ability will deal damage while it scatters.
  • Shatter ShotRapid FireRapid Fire - Each of the projectiles will explode and deal area damage.
  • SurgeLaunchLaunch - Throws the enemies in the area into the air.
  • EruptionBeamExplosive - Creates an even stronger explosion.
  • CrashBarrageArea Assault - Deals damage via multiple shockwaves.
  • CalamityWhirlwindWhirlwind OR Bash - Creates an explosive tornado.

Different situations call for different Synergies. It is best to just practice them by playing through the game's story mode or fooling around in Infinity Trials to find out which ones you think are best. You're likely going to want to factor in having a diversity of Synergy attacks when you're building your team as well as leveling up abilities for each character. Keep that in mind as you progress.


That's it for our Synergy guide. If you found any Synergies not listed above or just want to tell us about your favorite one, leave a comment! Stay tuned for more Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order guides.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order E3 2019 Preview Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:29:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a brand-new entry in the beloved Ultimate Alliance series that features a handful of different playable heroes from Marvel Comics, as well as plenty of iconic villains to fight.

In Ultimate Alliance 3, heroes team up to collect the Infinity Stones before Thanos can get to them and unleash chaos throughout the universe.

Every level of the game's campaign mode can be played in either single-player or co-op, though in either single-player or multiplayer you have a team of four heroes to work with.

For my E3 demo team, I played as Venom and my partner chose Storm, while I chose Miles Morales and Deadpool as our CPU teammates. Players can swap between the four chosen heroes at any time as long as there are less than four players -- in case they want to experience each character's playstyle.

Team lineups can also be changed at S.H.E.I.L.D. Points, which appear at several locations in each level

Venom felt like more of a brute character; he didn't have as much finesse as Spider-Man and featured different abilities except for his web swinging double jump. In many ways, he felt similar to the Hulk.

After Venom-smashing a few of the ninja enemies from The Hand, I switched to Miles as I expected him to be more agile. While Miles was indeed more agile than Venom, the constant chaos of battle made it difficult to know what was going on.

Due to my team combination, differentiating between allies and enemies could get confusing. The ninjas of The Hand had red and black outfits, somewhat reminiscent of Deadpool, so at times, Deadpool would be mistaken for the last enemy we would have to take out before progressing to the next section of the level.

Each playable hero had quick light attacks, which can be chained for combos, and slower but more powerful heavy attacks. Enemies seemed to always have more health than expected, so it always took longer than desirable to take a whole group down, even after characters would level up through battle.

In addition to different basic attacks, each hero had special powers called Abilities that can deal more damage but use up energy points, which refill over time.

When heroes use abilities in unison it creates Synergy, which allows for a variety of more powerful attacks. Unfortunately, even when using Synergy attacks, the enemies still seemed to have more health than necessary.

While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is far from the worst experience I've played on Nintendo Switch, it's clear that it has a few problems, or at least the demo at E3 did.

It's also completely possible the full game will be more enjoyable after becoming more accustomed to the gameplay, although it may not be enjoyable for those who have never been fond of the Ultimate Alliance series or the Marvel universe.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order launches for Nintendo Switch on July 19.

Mark Your Calendars: Every Release Date Announced at E3 2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:32:51 -0400 Mark Delaney

At E3, it's not just about the games we can play. It's just as much about when we can play them. E3 2019 was no different.

With hundreds of games shown off on stage and at the show floor in Los Angeles, it can be dizzying to keep up with every launch window and specific release date announced at E3, so we've done the hard part for you.

Use our recap of every release date announced at E3 2019 to see just when you'll be calling in sick to work over the next several months. 

June 2019
  • The Last Remnant Remastered (Switch): June 10 
  • Collection of Mana (Switch): June 11
  • Contra Anniversary Collection (Switch): June 11
  • Cadence of Hyrule (Switch): June 13
July 2019
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch): July 19
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC): July 16
August 2019
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): August 6
  • Oninaki (Switch): August 22
  • Astral Chain (Switch): August 30
  • Blair Witch (Xbox One, PC): August 30
September 2019
  • Conan Chop Chop (Mobile): September 3
  • Gears of War 5 (Xbox One, PC): September 10
  • Daemon X Machina (Switch): September 13
  • Police Stories (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC): September 19
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch): September 20
  • Contras Rogue Corps (Switch): September 24
  • Code Vein: September 27th
  • Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch): September 27
  • FIFA 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch): September 27
October 2019
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - October 4
  • The Outer Worlds (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - October 25
November 2019
  • Death Stranding (PlayStation 4): November 8
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): November 15
  • Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia): November 22
Note: No New Dates Announced for December 2019 or January 2020
February 2020
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One, PC): February 11
  • Gods and Monsters (PlayStation 4, Xbox One Switch, PC, Stadia): February 25
March 2020
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PlayStation 4): March 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): March 3
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch): March 20
April 2020
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): April 16
May 2020
  • Marvel's Avengers (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia): May 15
Holiday 2020
  • Halo Infinite (Project Scarlett)
2020 (Unspecified)
  • Crossfire X (Xbox One)
  • Dragon Ball Kakarot (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Dying Light 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Tales of Arise (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

As you can expect, this calendar will be further filled in as months go on, but even right now, there's quite a range and number of major releases headed our way. Which games have you marking your calendar?

Be sure to check out our complete 2019 release calendar to see all of the games releasing this year. 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Trailer Highlights X-Men, Deadpool Taco Selfie Thu, 23 May 2019 17:12:26 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As we edge closer to the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on July 19, Nintendo continues to release more and more information on the action role-playing game. The game's latest trailer highlights the X-Men, including Magneto, Juggernaut, Psylocke, Mystique, Beast, and more. 

There's also a very in-character Deadpool moment at the very end featuring a selfie and a taco. 

The trailer features Magneto ripping apart the X-Mansion as only Magneto can. As is expected, there's a ton of action, with multiple X-Men making appearances, including previously-confirmed characters such as Wolverine and Nightcrawler. Of course, The Black Order is out for the Infinity Stones, pitting them against Magneto, who seems to be in possession of the Power Stone. 

More of the game's frenetic 4-player co-op is shown as well, centering on well-known X-Men villains and the notorious Sentinels. The full trailer can be seen in the header above. 

Recently, Venom was revealed as the game's latest boss, joining Electro, Green Goblin, Ultron, Sandman, Thanos, and more. On top of that, recent merchandise has revealed even more characters for the game. 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the first game in the popular franchise in 10 years. The game features a familiar isometric camera style found in the series' previous entries, although there is now a new option that provides a more single-player style camera 

Players will be able to combine powers this time around as well. Although Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 only allowed fusions of up to two players, MUA 3 features Synergy Attacks as well as 4-player combined Ultimate Extreme attacks that are able to wipe an entire screen of enemies. 

Infinity Trials also make an appearance in MUA 3. These are challenges players can undertake in order to obtain rewards. 

Developed by Team Ninja, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to be the, ahem, ultimate entry in the series. From brand-new systems like the Alliance Enhancement System, which upgrades an entire team of players, to tried-and-true team-based action, it won't be much longer before Marvel fans can team up and experience what looks to be the best of old and new. 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is set to release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 19

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Release Date Announced Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:49:21 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, the next entry in the long-running Marvel Ultimate Alliance series, finally has a fixed release date: July 19.

The date was pushed back slightly from the general timeframe given during February's Nintendo Direct, which was June 2019.

As reported when the game was first announced during last year's Game Awards, Ultimate Alliance 3 will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Ultimate Alliance 3 sees players take control of a wide range of Marvel heroes, including Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), in a bid to stop Thanos and the titular Black Order from obtaining the enigmatic Infinity Stones. This journey will take players through many familiar locations pulled from the various Marvel universes, including the X-Mansion.

It's an entry many thought might never happen, coming as it does a full decade after the second Marvel Ultimate Alliance game. That game multi-platform and published by Activision. Ultimate Alliance 3 is developed by Team Ninja, the studio best known for games like Dead or Alive and Nioh; Nintendo is handling the publishing.

The dev team's action-based history shows through in the general gameplay. Frenetic combat is the main focus, and each hero has their own regular attacks, combos, and devastating special attacks, called Alliance Attacks, they can unleash on their foes.

The emphasis is on combining each hero's skills to create new, different attacks, and, in keeping with such a theme, Ultimate Alliance 3 supports 4-player multiplayer via local connections or wireless.

The July 19 release date is only a few months after another highly anticipated Marvel media effort — Avengers: Endgame — which includes many of the same characters featured in Ultimate Alliance 3.

Between the film, the game, and the recent re-packaging of the Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Lego Marvel Avengers games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it's shaping up to be a big year for Marvel fans.

Recap of Announcements from February Nintendo Direct Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:48:57 -0500 Ceedi

Yesterday, Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct of 2019. During the 35-minute presentation, the company unveiled quite a few games, as well as the release windows for some future Switch titles.

There were also new details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the surprise unveiling of a Zelda remake.

Here is a quick recap of the announcements from the direct.

  • Super Mario Maker 2 was revealed and is planned for release in June 2019.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was revealed, confirmed to have online co-op and launch this summer.
  • The 3.0 Update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is planned for this spring, with the Persona 5 DLC pack coming before April.
  • BoxBoy + BoxGirl was revealed. The game features 270 stages and two-player co-op.
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Switch received an update that adds co-op; paid DLC is coming that adds 18 courses. A pre-purchase is available today that gives early access to one of the DLC stages.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled to release this summer.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set to release July 12.
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition is set to release this fall.
  • Disney Tsum Tsum Festival was announced; it is scheduled for release later this year.
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: EVERY BUDDY! is set to release in March.
  • Starlink Battle for Atlas' next update will introduce Star Wolf squad and the rest of the team to Star Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy.
  • A Rune Factory 4 remake for Switch was announced.
  • Rune Factory 5 was revealed to be in development.
  • Oninaki, an action RPG from Square Enix, was announced; it is set to release this summer.
  • A Yoshi’s Crafted World demo is available now; the game is set to release March 29.
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses is set to release July 26.
  • Tetris 99 is available to download now. The game is a free-to-play battle royale where 99 players compete for supremacy.
  • Dead By Daylight is planned for release this fall.
  • Deltarune Chapter 1 is set for release for free on February 28.
  • A Daemon x Machina demo is available now; some participants will be sent surveys to give feedback on the game, which is set to launch this summer.
  • GRID Autosport is set to come to Switch this summer; the release will include all DLC.
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is set to release on the Switch this spring.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 12.
  • Unraveled 2 is set to release o nMarch 23.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered was announced; the release also includes the game Assassin’s Creed Liberation; it is set to release on May 21.
  • Final Fantasy VII is set to release on the Switch on March 29.
  • Final Fantasy IX is now available on the Switch eShop.
  • Astral Chain, a new Action game by Platinum Games, is set to release August 30.
  • A remake of the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, is due out later this year.

The latest Nintendo Direct provided a solid layout of the releases coming in spring and summer 2019.

However, notably absent were a few titles that are scheduled for this year, like the new Pokemon RPG for Switch, Luigi's Mansion 3, and the new Animal Crossing. There were also no games announced for the Nintendo 3DS.

It is very likely that further details for these games will be announced later this year at Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation.

New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Details Revealed Wed, 13 Feb 2019 22:57:14 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

One of the surprises out of last year's Game Awards was the announcement of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, the first game in the series in almost 10 years. During today's Nintendo Direct, more details about the title were revealed.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order releases in July cast, with characters from The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and more, but there is a main character that the title focuses on: the ultimate cosmic defender, Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a 4-player game, and players can team up as they take on Thanos and his team of galactic warmasters, the Black Order. In order to stop the supervillain, these teams will need to find mysterious Infinity Stones before Thanos does, and they will venture to locales like the X-Mansion during their search.

In the process, players will level up their heroes and learn new skills, which will allow them to devastate foes on the ground and in the air with Hero Skills and each unique Alliance attack. While individual heroes will continue to get stronger through this system, teaming up for attacks is a core component of Marvel Alliance 3's gameplay.

For example, Hero Skills can be combined with other heroes' moves to create more powerful attacks. Furthermore, if you combine Alliance attacks with other heroes, you can pull off Alliance Ultimate Extreme attacks and wipe enemies from the field.

There are two ways of playing multiplayer in Marvel Alliance 3: sharing Joy-Cons or using local wireless. All four players can also choose to share the same screen when playing cooperatively, or everyone can play on their own individual systems.

The game can be enjoyed with two unique camera modes. One is the normal third person camera and the other is the dynamic Heroic Camera, which zooms in and emphasizes the action taking place.

These are all of the details Nintendo has shared for now. However, expect more information as the summer release date gets closer.

The Game Awards: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Announced As Nintendo Switch Exclusive Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:28:20 -0500 QuintLyn

A decade after the last game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series was released, the next installment has finally been announced.

During tonight's Game Awards ceremony, Marvel Entertainment announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order with a world premiere trailer, which you can see above.

The game boasts a massive cast of Marvel characters, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men -- and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

The game's story focuses on Thanos and The Black Order's search for the Infinity Stones. Super heroes and villains must unite to stop them. 

The Black Order can be played online or offline via wireless. It also features a four-player co-op mode on the same console.

It should be noted that those wishing to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order online will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership as well as a Nintendo account.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja, which has developed the Dead or Alive series, Ninja Gaiden, Metroid: Other M, Nioh, and Fire Emblem Warriors