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Assembly Required: Travelers’ Tales announces LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Travelers’ Tales Games and LEGO will not be satisfied until every single pop culture icon of the 20th century is converted into an adorable video game for the whole family. If it was a movie, a comic, or a cartoon and it had plenty of action, that studio will turn it into a game where you unlock a bunch of characters and collect blocks in it. LEGO and TT Games’ fruitful relationship with Disney has already produced games like LEGO Pirates of the Carribbean. Now, though, Disney is teaming with TT and LEGO to take a page from the studio’s partnership with Warner Bros. Here comes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

“We’re very excited to bring a myriad of classic Marvel characters to life in LEGO form for some fun, family-friendly gameplay in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes,” boasts TT Games’ managing director Tom Stone, “If you’re a fan of Spider-man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you.”

The game will be out in the fall for Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and even the original Nintendo DS (which will be celebrating its ninth year on shelves when the game ships.) The press release announcing the game also says that it’ll pit the heroes against Loki and Galactus, reprising the plots of pretty much every Marvel crossover game ever.

Travelers’ Tales could certainly use some fresh blood in aging the LEGO series. While 2012’s LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes was stagnant, its follow up LEGO Lord of the Rings in November did much to reinvigorate the series with a greatly expanded open world. Traveller’s Tales seems more and more interested in exploring open world structures as well, as the Wii U/Nintendo 3DS exclusive LEGO City Undercover due out this spring is built as a complete sandbox. A sandbox will suit the various heroes of the Marvel Universe.

Another new brand might not be enough to breathe new life into the LEGO games’ sales, though. While LEGO Batman 2 topped the charts when it came out in June, its sales have lagged behind its 2008 predecessor by a significant margin. Take the original LEGO Batman for Xbox 360, a game that sold nearly 3 million copies globally compared to Lego Batman 2 on the same platform which has only sold around 880,000 copies to date. More heroes don’t seem to be selling LEGO video games as time goes on.

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