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Nintendo rejected Skylanders exclusivity

Nintendo rejected Skylanders exclusivity

Before the Skylanders series became a sales juggernaut for Activision, the publisher was looking into a partner. Given the kid-friendly nature of the game, they initially went to Nintendo, which could have made the toy-game hybrid a Nintendo-exclusive. Of course, that didn't work out.

Read more: "Nintendo could have kicked Disney's ass" »

"or the dude that cashed out his founding apple stock for like 10 grand"
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Skylanders toys coming to McDonald's Happy Meals (but they won't work with your game)

Skylanders toys coming to McDonald's Happy Meals (but they won't work with your game)

The Skylanders are coming to McDonald's Happy Meals! However, before you rush to the Golden Arches, do keep in mind that these toys don't unlock any content in the game.

Read more: Eight toys to choose from »

"This should piss off plenty of parents explaining to their kids that the toys don't connect to ..."
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Fans name Skylanders for upcoming game in contest

Fans name Skylanders for upcoming game in contest

We don't know much about the upcoming Skylanders game, other than it going back to its original developers. Even without a title, though, Activision is kicking off promotion with a contest to choose and name a character that will be turned into a Skylanders toy.

Read more: $100,000 scholarship as a prize »

"I name my Skylander™ Pogs Footballcard, in honor of overpriced childhood fads gone by."
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Original studio Toys for Bob heading up next Skylanders

Original studio Toys for Bob heading up next Skylanders

Skylanders is getting another iteration this year, and it will be headed up by the series' original creators. Developer Toys for Bob is taking the helm again, after Vicarious Visions took the lead for the most recent one, Skylanders Swap Force. This will mark the third (of four) Skylanders games from Toys for Bob, after it put out the original and then Skylanders Giants.

Read more: Alternating release schedule in the works? »

"Star Dock games have been a little dry... Good, but dry. Hopefully they go out of their way to ..."
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Skylanders Collection Vault for iOS lets you manage your toys

Skylanders Collection Vault for iOS lets you manage your toys

If you're like Steve Watts, then you've probably spent an embarrassing amount of money working on building your Skylanders collection. Today, a new app will let you more easily manage your collection of toys and share them for the world to see.

The Skylanders Collection Vault is a free app for iOS that lets you discover Skylanders characters and learn about their backstories. You can keep track of your collection, make a wishlist, and unlock special content.

Read more: Win your wishlistl »

"Heh, they saw what Infinity had done with their iOS app and probably rushed to get something out ..."
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Wii U 8GB Basic system returns with Skylanders bundle

Wii U 8GB Basic system returns with Skylanders bundle

We thought Nintendo was phasing out the Basic Wii U model, especially after the company admitted that people preferred the 32GB model. Given how little space the 8GB model gives consumers, it isn't a very good deal. Yet, Nintendo is trying to give the white Basic model some traction with a new bundle--one that comes with Skylanders: Swap Force.

Read more: What's in the box? »

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Skylanders Swap Force, shaking up the emerging toy-game genre

Skylanders Swap Force, shaking up the emerging toy-game genre

Activision always had big plans for Skylanders. Even before the series made its debut in 2011 with Spyro's Adventure, the company had two more games already in the pipeline. The first was Giants, a competent but altogether somewhat bland sequel that used larger toys as its selling point. Quietly in the background, Vicarious Visions had been tapped to iterate on the concept even further.

The goal was to come up with a large enough shift that it could go toe-to-toe with the next generation of toy-based games. Activision rightly predicted that this would be an emerging genre, and needed something fresh to compete with the inevitable imitators. The result was Skylanders Swap Force.

Read more: 'This was kind of a new genre' »

"But the end point to make is that each certainly has its strengths and while I think that Disney ..."
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Skylanders: Swap Force includes unique starter figures on 3DS

Skylanders: Swap Force includes unique starter figures on 3DS

Skylanders Swap Force on 3DS will distinguish itself more from its console counterparts this time around, complete with its own unique starter figures. Activision has given some more detail on the handheld version, with a particular emphasis on setting it apart from the others.

Read more: Three unique figures in starter pack »

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Skylanders: Swap Force 'Dark Edition' adds five dark characters

Skylanders: Swap Force 'Dark Edition' adds five dark characters

Skylanders: Swap Force is getting a special "Dark Edition," which will come with five figures rather than the usual three.

It will include "Dark" versions of Washbuckler, Blast Zone, Slobber Tooth, Spyro, and Stealth Elf, along with a poster of all the Skylanders thus far. The standard version, by comparison, includes Washbuckler, Blast Zone, and Stealth Elf, and the "Dark" figures have traditionally been simple repaints and palette swaps for the regular versions.

Read more: Stickers and trading cards included »

"this would ok if man-childs didnt snap them up in the hopes they'll be collectable. goddam ..."
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Skylanders Swap Force preview: boisterous bifurcation

Skylanders Swap Force preview: boisterous bifurcation

Skylanders has come a long way from its origins as a bizarre Spyro spin-off. The game that integrated real-world collectibles and busted many a parent's wallet has spun its way into a full-blown money-making powerhouse for Activision. Even as Disney approaches a similar concept built around much more recognizable characters, a look at Skylanders Swap Force shows why the House of Mouse has a real fight on its white-gloved hands.

Read more: Combinations and upgrades »

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Skylanders Swap Force coming October 13, PS4 and Xbox One versions confirmed

Skylanders Swap Force coming October 13, PS4 and Xbox One versions confirmed

Skylanders Swap Force will launch on October 13, Activision announced today. In addition to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS versions, Activision also confirmed it will be releasing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. Obviously those release dates aren't set, since we don't know when the consoles are releasing.

Read more: Figure pre-orders start today »

"Kid? You mean I'm not the one who was supposed to be playing? Oops. ;)"
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Skylanders Swap Force announced

Skylanders Swap Force announced

It's a new year so you know what we need: a new game in each major franchise! Actually, Skylanders Swap Force does sound like an interesting upgrade to Activision's $500 million-grossing collectible toy-video game-thing, introducing characters whose parts can be switched and swapped to customise their powers.

Read more: 256 character combinations »

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Skylanders gets four more domain registrations

Skylanders gets four more domain registrations

Echoing very similar timing last year, Activision has registered four new Skylanders-related domain names. None of the projects have been detailed, but if it's anything like the reveal of Skylanders Giants, we should see more details soon as we approach the New York Toy Fair.

Read more: Kaos Alliance and several Forces »

"That makes sense. Maybe one will be an Android set though? Kids have so many cool toys these ..."
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Skylanders franchise reaches $500 million in sales

Skylanders franchise reaches $500 million in sales

Activision has another money-maker, just in case that "Call of Duty" thing stops working for them. The publisher has announced that one of its other tentpole franchises has surpassed half a billion dollars of sales in the US. Including sales of accessory packs and figures, the two Skylanders games have generated over $500 million. According to Activision, that means Skylanders makes more money than Star Wars toys.

Read more: Over 120 licensees »

"This game desperately needs online co-op. I refuse to invest in this game until my son can play ..."
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New iOS Skylanders games to utilize portals

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New iOS Skylanders games to utilize portals

Activision has tried its hand at an iOS Skylanders game before, with Skylanders Cloud Patrol. But that game didn't take advantage of the franchise's unique physical figurines. That's set to change in November, with two new iOS titles that will use their own (optional) portal accessory.

Read more: Battlegrounds and Lost Islands coming soon »

"Hmm. Had I known this was coming with the non-Giant figures from the Giants starter set, I ..."
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