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Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth gets non-motion control mode on Wii U

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The Wii U version of Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will feature a couch potato mode that will allow one of the gamers in a head-to-head fight to use the Gamepad's touch screen to pull of moves in the game.

Ubisoft's Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth is a motion controller game that has players doing battle as Marvel's iconic super heroes and villains.

The game, which is coming to the Xbox 360 and Wii U, requires the Kinect camera to play on the Xbox 360. But not much has been said about how players will control characters on the Wii U version.

During a Marvel Video Games panel at New York Comic Con today, Ubisoft developers answering a fan's question, detailed some of the Wii U's controls.

Players will typically use the Nunchuck and Wii Remote to play the game, moving them around to perform attacks. But the game also includes another way to play, the developers said.

He said a gamer who doesn't want to sweat as much, or perhaps the dad of an energetic child, can sit on the couch and control one of the figures on the screen with the Gamepad's touch screen. The other player would still have to use motion to execute attacks and specials, but the Gamepad player could do all of the actions in the game on the tablet itself.

It's unclear whether gamers will be able to play through the campaign without needing to use motion controls on the Wii U.

The fan question and answer session came on the heels of a surprise appearance by Marvel publisher emeritus Stan Lee, who took to the stage to extol the virtues of the motion game, pointing out that it was perhaps the only Marvel product he's ever endorsed without having a cameo in.

After a short monologue directed at gushing fans, Lee shouted "Excelsior!" and walked briskly from the room.