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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes to the Rescue on Wii U This Spring

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Holy surprise release, Batman!

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes arrived on various platforms including Wii, 3DS and DS, in June 2012, though the most impressive entries — with large worlds to explore — were arguably found on Xbox 360 and PS3. For those with a Wii U that want to enjoy the full-fat experience, Warner Bros. Interactive has today made that a reality, with confirmation that the title will be released on Wii U this Spring; although the press release and assets were for PAL regions, we expect this to also be the case in North America.

Thankfully it seems that this won't necessarily be a bare-bones port, with details of GamePad-exclusive functions and shortcuts, as well as the ability to play off-TV and also co-op with one player on the TV and one on the GamePad, taking away that pesky split-screen line. An excerpt from the official press release explains more below.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will take advantage of the innovative Wii U™ GamePad controller. Players will navigate through Gotham City using an enhanced interactive map and select their favorite DC Comics characters to assemble a powerful team of heroes, all with the use of the controller's touchscreen. They can even enjoy the entire game experience on the GamePad in off-TV mode, or have a second player join in on the TV, so they can fight crime together without having to share a single screen.

The award-winning LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes gives players the chance to step into the shoes of the Caped Crusader and fully explore a LEGO version of Gotham City. Once again under threat from the Joker, Batman must defend Gotham with the help of powerful friends like Superman and Robin, to put a stop to the diabolical plans of his nemesis and his entire team of super villains including Lex Luthor, The Penguin and Harley Quinn. Encounter all of the Dark Knight's iconic allies and enemies in a charming, hilarious, family-friendly adventure full of exciting gameplay.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 entries were well received when releases, so we certainly hold hopes that this Wii U version will, at the very least, match those standards. No concrete release date was given, but we'll certainly keep an eye out for more details.

So, are any of you excited by the prospect of picking this up on Wii U?

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Oregano

#2

Oregano said:

I let this one slip me by last year so I might actually get it.

Warner Bros is one of the Wii U's best supporters:
Arkham City
Injustice
Scribblenauts
Lego City
Lego Batman
Lego Marvel

Can't really complain.

XCWarrior

#5

XCWarrior said:

A little late to the party, but Lego games tend to sell well. So great I guess. I'm sure enough copies will sell to warrant this. At least LC Undercover is more inspired. Played the first Lego Batman game, it was alright. I don't need more.

Lopezdm

#6

Lopezdm said:

Cool, but I won't be playing it. Glad to see that the Wii U will be getting the full game instead of the vita port this time.

Bluezealand

#7

Bluezealand said:

Seriously? They skipped a Wii U-release of Lego Lord of the Rings, because they wanted to focus on Lego City and now they release Lego Batman, arguably one of the worst of the Lego series? What the hell?! -.-

Einherjar

#8

Einherjar said:

I skipped it on release back then, maybe ill poick up this version then, but only if the price is reasonable. Maybe theyve skipped LotR because of "The Hobbit" Maybe it gets the same treatment as "Star Wars - Complete Saga"

ToxieDogg

#10

ToxieDogg said:

sigh

Another game that's been out nearly a year on other platforms that most people who were interested in it have done with already, and when it fails to sell in any great numbers on Wii U, they'll blame the console and/or it's small install base and use that as reasoning to support the Wii U less. Would much rather they'd ported Lego Lord Of The Rings instead, if they felt that they absolutely had to port an already released Lego game that is

ThomasBW84Admin

#11

ThomasBW84 said:

@Bluezealand Different studios of the same company may explain it in this case. LEGO City: Undercover was developed by TT Fusion, this one by TT Games.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#12

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

@sonic-doom A cash in for when the Superman movie comes out of course.

I'd doubt they'd risk making an all Superman game to promote it, not after the man of steel's track record on Videogames... XD

aaronsullivan

#14

aaronsullivan said:

My kids love the demo on the PS3 (I found the lighting to be too dark though) and the split onto the gamepad screen is an AMAZING improvement on these games. Seriously.

There's a good chance I'll be picking this up.

LEGO City first, however!

I wonder if this means LOTR is on the way as well? I'd like that eventually. The only problem is I can't get my head around the LOTR Lego games being the first experience my kids have with Lord of the Rings. It would frankly ruin the movie experience, but my older child isn't old enough (in my opinion) to watch anything but a Daddy-hand edit of Fellowship.

WiiLovePeace

#15

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm quite likely to pick this up, I was planning to play some LEGO Batman 2 on Wii to keep me occupied until LEGO City Undercover gets released next month but I may hold out on that idea & pick this up when it releases down the track. Glad to hear its got off-TV play for sure :)

TheAdza

#17

TheAdza said:

Shame it's an older game, because of the reasons stated in some comments above, but having more games available on the Wii U is always a good thing.

Being an old port though, I do hope that Warner doesn't have high hopes for the game, and won't base decisions of releasing newer games on the probable low sales of this particular title. They should see their own figures of how well Scribblenauts Unlimited, a brand new game, sold against their older ported game.

They could always just be looking to ride on the coat tails of Lego City Undercover as well.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#18

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I'm a fan of the Wii game but I honestly thing it suffers a little on the Wii unlike Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. The PS3 version is frankly superior. In fact the LEGO engine performs better on those consoles (Star Wars 3 Clone Wars for instance). I'll sell the Wii one and get this one. Would get a HD complete Harry Potter 1-7 game as well. AT THE RIGHT PRICE.

Oregano

#20

Oregano said:

@TheAdza Well they already have Lego City and Lego Marvel announced so they'll be able to see the difference between an exclusive, a multplatform release and a late port. It probably doesn't cost too much to port the games anyway.

Highwinter

#21

Highwinter said:

@Bluezealand Lego Batman was probably the worst of the Lego games. Lego Batman 2 however, is easily the best and the Wii version lacked a lot of the features and mechanics that made it so good.

I'm not sure there's much reason to bother now, especially with Lego City Undercover and Lego Marvel coming out later in the year.. but if you haven't played this one yet, it's very much worth the time.

AlexSora89

#22

AlexSora89 said:

I'm glad twice for these news - the first reason being what @Oregano explained in the above post, the second being the fact that, thankfully, on Wii U there aren't as many problems with "later ports" as there are with other consoles. And other publishers.

I'm looking at you, Rayman Legends. Good luck making up for that one's infamy, Ubisoft.

Sean_Aaron

#23

Sean_Aaron said:

Super. I skipped the Wii one because I didn't want to play a compromised version on my new HD console. I'm not as big a DC fan as Marvel, but it will be nice to have both universes represented.

Count me among those who would pick up a "complete Lego Harry Potter" on Wii U - losing the split screen (which made me physically ill at times), HD visuals and bug fixes would make it worthwhile.

Ristar42

#24

Ristar42 said:

Just mentioned this game on the Lego city news as I'm replaying it on PS3 at the moment. The Wii version didn’t lose much, reflections of the city in the rain soaked streets, some lighting effects, textures, the DLC character packs and the fact it loaded the open world in three areas were the only real changes (aside from the controls).

I think its by far the best Lego game I've played (and I was finding them samey up to this point), the level designs were really well done and it’s fun to fly around the open city finding all the collectables, and to replay the levels with different characters.

AyeHaley

#25

AyeHaley said:

I'll get this after LEGO City. :) My most anticipated Wii U game. Only 1 month to go. :D

MickeyTheGreat

#26

MickeyTheGreat said:

Boy am I glad I waited! I can't wait to explore the streets of Gotham in eye-popping HD on my Nintendo Wii U!

PS: Not a joke, I'm genuinely excited!

rjejr

#27

rjejr said:

@aaronsullivan - I know exactly what you mean. My oldest is 10 but youngest is 8 and he's a bit squeamish. They've played LotR games on Gamecube and PS2 so they know the story, but the Lego game using the actual film dialog makes it different. And our copy of Lego LotR came w/ a blu-ray of the first film, so it might be time for daddy-hand viewing.

@Einherjar - It may get the 2 for 1 treatment - eventually - but first Lego Hobbit has to come out summer 2014 to correspond with the release of the 3rd film. So maybe 2015 before the 6 films are bundled into 1 game. The Wii U will probably get Lego LotR before that though.

Just started Lego LotR last night - on my PS3 - and my wife was getting nausea running around Sauron in the opening w/ the split screen turning itself on and off so I could see us making good use of the 2 player off-screen Gamepad. The timing of Batman 2 may bode well as the Lego games all drop to half price after a year so maybe this will come out at $30.

The fact that Lego LotR and Batman has 2-player makes me think Lego city could have - who really wants to be Samwise or Robin? - but that's what happens when you let a portable game developer make a console game.

Farmboy74

#29

Farmboy74 said:

I enjoyed the demo of this on my PS3 (before i sold it), if its a solid port and all the WII U specifics have been add like it says in the press release I will consider getting this game if a) the price is right and b) we get all the dlc content to date on disc as essentially you could argue it will be game of the year addition.

McGruber

#31

McGruber said:

Ill be getting this! I was disapointed but not surprised to see the 3DS version was so small compared to the 360 version. Now I just need Lego Lord of the Rings on WiiU and i'll be one happy gamer

McGruber

#32

McGruber said:

And I'm more excited for this than Lego City because that game doesn't have multiplayer, which has always been the best part of the lego games for me

Lopezdm

#33

Lopezdm said:

@Zellybeanie Sorry this game is no fun to me. I'm 28 and I need a little more then legos (insert name of random thing here) to hold my attention. I guess if I felt like wasting 69 bucks I could get it for my kid.

Bane

#34

Bane said:

I actually didnt buy the Wii version in hopes of a Wii U version being out and I was right in doing so! :)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#35

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Just had some more thoughts on this: 1. They need to sort out and improve the flying sections which were hard to control; 2. Even though the 3DS version is inferior, its stylus aiming control of batarangs was superior to the wiimote control strangely. I think they should imploy that.; 3. Because its already been on the Wii, they should throw in the LEGO Batman 1 game (which I thought was quite good, LEGO Pirates was the worst in the series IMHO) and make it a 2 for 1, HD selection, special edition for the Wii U. Won't happen though, I know.

I actually saw some framerate issues, eratic loading times of sections of Gotham and liney graphically glitches (on the outer edges of charcters and certain objects) on the Wii version but not my nephew's PS3 version. Combined with the nice, bright graphics, it didn't half give me a headache with prolonged play! Still loved the game though

Angelic_Lapras_King

#39

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

@skjia If they do this to promote The Man of Steel film, then they could do LEGO LOTR to promote The Hobbit Part 2 as well (Then the inevitable LEGO Hobbit game the year after, lol. XD)

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