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The Avengers: Battle for Earth is a versus fighting game designed around motion controls. It is based on the 2008 Marvel comics storyline Secret Invasion, in which the Skrulls, shapeshifting aliens, have taken the place of many of the Marvel universe's superheroes, with the remaining genuine heroes having to team up to defeat the menace.

The game features five different arenas and 20 Marvel characters, both heroes and villains, from the world of the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.

Game modes include a training mode which has sparring fights, general training which teaches basic attacks and moves, hero-specific training that focuses on a hero's unique special moves, and trial challenges, which set certain restrictions on how to win a fight. The game's main single-player mode is the campaign, which consists of 40 fights in total, with eight fights per arena. Playing through the campaign is necessary to unlock all 20 characters. In this mode, the player always controls the real heroes and fights Skrull doppelgangers. Between the fights, cutscenes consisting of panels from the original comics illustrate the storyline. Another single-player mode is arcade mode, which consists of ladder matches against all characters. Only the Xbox 360 version allows co-op play in the single player modes. Dedicated multiplayer modes on both consoles include two-player versus and a three-or four-player tournament mode which features elimination brackets.

Fights are best-of-three and always feature two-hero tag teams. Each character has two basic attacks (ranged and kick) and three unique super attacks. Stringing attacks into combos fills a power meter, that when half full can be used to launch a combo breaker, and when completely full allows the character to use their special ultra attack.

Controls differ between versions: the Xbox 360 version uses the Kinect sensor to track body movements. The simple attacks are triggered by punching the air or lifting the knee, while the super attacks require the player to perform a succession of different movements, with precision and power of the movement determining the power of the attack. The Kinect voice sensor is also used for occasional voice commands, like shouting "HULK SMASH" to unleash the Hulk's ultra attack. The Wii U version offers two different control schemes: via Wiimote and Nunchuk or via GamePad. The Wiimote/Nunchuk combination uses both motion and button presses, with the special attacks requiring complex movements. The GamePad uses simple taps for the basic attacks while the super attacks are launched by tracing patterns on the touchscreen.


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Alternate Titles

  • "The Avengers: Kampf um die Erde" -- German title

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Games TM Xbox 360 Dec 20, 2012 6 out of 10 60 Xbox 360 Nov 20, 2012 55 out of 100 55
IGN Wii U Jan 15, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Nintendo Life Wii U Feb 07, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Spazio Games Wii U Feb 07, 2013 4.5 out of 10 45 Wii U Jan 25, 2013 4 out of 10 40
NintendoWorldReport Wii U Jan 07, 2013 4 out of 10 40


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