Humorous approach to Marvel universe, team-ups make Lego game enjoyable
Hot brands and franchises get a special treatment when it comes to video games these days, namely being granted a Lego series that fits within their universe. Marvel Comics is no different, following up the success in the box office with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The game isn't restricted by Hollywood franchise deals, allowing team-ups between X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Man that aren't possible outside of comic books. With the Lego games trying to bridge the age gap, does Lego Marvel Super Heroes offer an experience that everyone can enjoy, or does the Lego skew it too far into territory only for children?
Marvel reintroduces free comic promotion
During last month's SXSW festival Marvel and comiXology announced they would be giving away more than 700 of their number one issues. However, the high demand crashed the company's servers and forced them to postpone the promotion. This morning the company held true to its promise and announced that it will be sending out invites to download the comics in batches to reduce server load. Customer's interested in accessing the free comics must sign up for an account on Marvel's promo page before midnight EST on April 9, and can expect to receive an invite by April 11.
Marvel running free first issue promotion
Yesterday at SXSW, Marvel Comics announced a new promotion that offers more than 700 first issues from the company's history at no charge. The free comics can be downloaded from within the Marvel and Comixology iOS apps, as well as from the web based Marvel Digital Comics Shop. The promotion covers a mix of recent comics such as Uncanny Avengers, Civil War, and Avengers VS. X-Men, alongside classic issues like Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Captain America. Marvel encourages customers to download as many of the free issues as they can before the promotion ends at 11pm EST on March 12.
Fixes long-standing complaint
Marvel has launched a new app for the iPhone and iPad, Marvel Unlimited. Unlike the publisher's main iOS app, the new one finally allows access to comics tied to Marvel's subscription options, which have likewise been renamed under the Unlimited moniker. Signing up currently grants access to over 13,000 comics, some dating as far back as 70 years; the most recent comics, though, date back six months.
Nook Comics now in general Android app
Barnes & Noble exported its Nook Comics experience to other devices through an update to its Nook for Android app (Google Play Store) on Tuesday. The 3.1 update lets any Android tablet using Android 2.2 or newer get access to the bookstore's collection of comics and graphic novels, ranging from Dark Horse to IDW and Marvel. Comics get added treatment within the app, including thumbnails for the table of contents.
Marvel AR takes comics to the Outernet
Marvel has introduced a new comic app at SXSW called Marvel AR due for release in April. The new iOS and Android app is the second of its new two-pronged approach it calls the ‘Marvel ReEvolution,’ which is aimed at redefining the comic segment in the digital age. The other component completing its revamped comic strategy is a new free-digital copy with every hard-copy comic purchase ($4.00 or higher) introduced late last week.
Marvel gives digital versions as bonuses
Marvel took a cue from the movie industry to spur adoption of comic books. As of June, any comic that costs $3.99 or more per issue will include a code for its digital version, which readers can use in the Marvel Comics apps both on Android (Google Play) and iOS (App Store). It's not known if Comixology's generic Comics app will support the codes, although it uses the same platform.
Smart Baby Monitor launched in US
On Tuesday Marvel begin offering a number of its graphic novels in Apple's iBook Store. Titles include Civil War, Spider-Man, House of M, Captain America, New Avengers, and more, with prices ranging from free up to $25. The publisher has promised to add new titles to the store each week, all of which will be viewable on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Furthermore, Marvel is also currently offering New Avengers Vol.1: Breakout as a free download.
Nook Color update goes live
Barnes & Noble as promised has rolled out the 1.4 update to the Nook Color. The upgrade is key to switching on content made available first on the Nook Tablet and lets users get the Netflix video app as well as watch UltraViolet-linked movies through the Flixster app. Readers can also browse Nook Comics from Marvel, IDW, Dynamite, and others.
Comics to arrive on mobile apps without delay
Marvel is reportedly preparing to offer its entire range of comics through its mobile apps on the same day as each title hits store shelves in print form. The publisher is said to be rolling out the same-day availability over the course of the next several months, eventually covering all titles except for content licensed from third parties, according to a Gizmodo report.
Netflix not iPad-only, 3rd-party iPad apps shown
Netflix has confirmed that it will launch a version of its mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The company has already launched its iPad version but plans to export much of that experience to its smaller devices. Corporate Communications VP Steve Swasey didn't have a release date, but it should use the same direct H.264 streaming as for the tablet.
PSP Go 15 Games to Start
The PSP Go's launch October 1st will come with easily downloadable small games to match, Sony said during its Gamescom expo keynote. Known as Minis, the titles will be capped at 100MB or less to make them quick downloads over Wi-Fi and are similarly meant to encourage smaller, more independent developers to produce titles that don't have to compete on the same field as full-fledged PSP titles. Prices and other details weren't made public, but up to 50 games should be ready by the end of the year.