It might feel slightly unusual to some that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, a title that launched alongside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2013, would make its way to the Nintendo Switch after eight years, but here it is in all of its block-busting glory. It was actually one of my favourite titles in the LEGO series thanks to its wacky Marvel antics and rich selection of characters (there are 180 in total), so it’s nice to see that it has hit the console.
Is it worth re-visiting now though, especially with more modern LEGO titles available on the console? Absolutely, especially if you’re a Marvel fan who missed out on the game the first time around.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sees players taking on the role of countless Marvel heroes as they embark on a grand adventure tackling all sorts of iconic villains. The big problem lies with the fact that Galactus has sent the Silver Surfer out to find planets for him to consume, with Earth being one of his targets. However, Doctor Doom decides to thwart this plan by taking out the Silver Surfer mid-flight, leaving behind cosmic bricks that he plans to use to power his ‘Doom Ray of Doom’ to blast Galactus away. Seems a good, Earth-saving plan, right? Well, nothing is EVER that simple with Doctor Doom, especially since Loki is pulling the strings behind the scenes…
What follows is an adventure that leads players across multiple locations as well as an open-world New York, with the classic LEGO-style gameplay offering a mixture of puzzles, platforming, and enemies to beat up. There’s a big emphasis placed on using different character’s abilities to overcome challenges, whilst players will have to re-visit levels with specific characters if they want to unlock everything. It’s very much a collectathon in style, but some slick level design and varied gameplay ideas ensure it never becomes a bore.
“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes includes all previously released DLC which brings the total tally of characters to 180, so you’re SURE to find some of your favourites here.”
Plus, you’re playing as Marvel super heroes… what more could you want?! You’ll constantly unlock new characters as you play through the game, with favourites such as Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, Human Torch, Wolverine and so forth joined by more obscure options as well as the countless villains you face off against. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes includes all previously released DLC which brings the total tally of characters to 180, so you’re SURE to find some of your favourites here. With each bringing with them moves and abilities befitting of their character, they’re all really fun to use and feel like accurate representations.
It’s super satisfying unlocking all of the characters as you progress through the game, whilst there are plenty of side missions to dive into that help flesh out the experience further. Of course, it’s also a treat to encounter the late, great Stan Lee with the ‘Stan Lee in Peril’ situations; players can even unlock the comic book legend to play as, which is sure to bring a smile to their faces. Excelsior!
“I was impressed by the visuals of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on the Nintendo Switch, with the characters and environments all looking great in-game.”
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is just still really fun to play, with the eight-years since release being very kind to the game. It’s not as if the LEGO games have evolved too much since then, so it certainly won’t feel like you’re playing an older game – especially since the Nintendo Switch port just so happens to be a really good one.
I was impressed by the visuals of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on the Nintendo Switch, with the characters and environments all looking great in-game. It’s not missing any of the visual effects seen elsewhere, whilst it plays at a sharp resolution that ensures there’s no blurriness either. The worst thing I noticed was a little bit of pop-in during some of the game’s larger environments, but that was minimal and didn’t bother me. Whether playing handheld or docked, the game looks great.
It does run at a 30fps frame rate though, which might be jarring for any players coming over from the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One where it hits 60fps. It’s consistent and smooth so it’s not a problem by any means, but players might have expected more when you consider it’s an older release. Still, it’s hard to complain too much since 30fps is perfectly fine, whilst it also manages to maintain the frame rate when played in local multiplayer which is always a plus.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Summary
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes might be an eight-year-old game now, but it’s still packed to the brim with fun super hero antics that will keep players entertained for hours. It’s an impressive Nintendo Switch port too, with the slick visuals and performance ensuring there’s never been a better time than now to re-visit this LEGO classic.
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: WB Games
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC