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Activision is running a competition with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division for the next Skylanders game. Fans are being given the opportunity to choose and name a new hero that will appear in the title – along with a chance to win a $100,000 scholarship.

You’ll find the full details below.

Earlier this month, Activision confirmed that a new Skylanders game will be released later in 2014. The “announcement” didn’t come with any concrete information though, aside from the fact that Toys for Bob is heading up development once again.

John Coyne, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Activision, recently told BT that “everyone’s going to have to wait a couple more months for more details.” He also teased, “I can tell you that it’s pretty exciting – it’s a game-changer”.

Coyne’s comments in full:

Skylanders infographic

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With Activision having recently confirmed that the Skylanders franchise has collected $2 billion in franchise revenue, the company has now released an infographic covering the series’ history and sales. You can find it above.

Unsurprisingly, Activision intends to publish a new Skylanders game this year. What’s interesting though is that Toys for Bob has returned as the project’s primary developer.

Toys for Bob worked on Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants, but wasn’t too involved with 2013’s Skylanders Swap Force. Vicarious Visions was put in charge of last year’s title, with Beenox handling the Wii version.


Since Skylanders made its debut, the series has grossed over $2 billion worldwide for Activision. That figure is as of December 31 of last year. According to Activision, roughly 175 million Skylanders toys have also been sold.


Unsurprisingly, Activision will be returning next year with new entries in its two most-popular franchises.

The next Call of Duty and Skylanders are both scheduled to launch in 2014. Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, confirmed the news during the company’s latest financial results earnings call yesterday.

He said:

“Despite short-term uncertainties, as we look forward to 2014, we have a very strong product pipeline. We expect multiple new releases across our major franchises, including the first Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, along with the PS4 version of Diablo III and significant and exciting new content for World of Warcraft.

“We also expect to launch new Call of Duty and Skylanders titles and a major new potential franchise with Bungie’s Destiny.”


Note: You can order the new items released by Nintendo today below at the following links:

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U Wii U bundle

Best Buy

Mario Wiimote Plus controller


Luigi Wiimote Plus controller


Skylanders Swap Force bundle


Holiday Cheer Starts with New Bundles, Accessories and Offers

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 1, 2013 – Nintendo has the best deals for the holiday season, and four of them kick off today. Nov. 1 marks the day consumers can find a lower price for Nintendo Land, a new Wii U hardware bundle, cool new accessories and a free trial for one of the most popular exercise franchises in video game history. These deals represent one of the many ways that Nintendo is bringing value and variety to consumers. If that’s not enough, an amazing new Wii U bundle featuring Skylanders Swap Force debuts on Nov. 15.

“Nintendo is making sure holiday shoppers have great deals and lots of choices,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We have something for everyone on your shopping list, and we’re making it easy for you to beat the holiday rush and get started now.”

Values that start today include:

Two new Wii U bundles are making their way to Australia and New Zealand.

On November 14, a Just Dance Pack will be available. The Skylanders Swap Force Pack will follow on November 21. The two bundles will retail for AU$349.95.

Here’s the full contents of both:

Just Dance Pack
– Wii U Basic
– Just Dance 2014 game disc
– Nintendo Land game disc
– Wii Remote Plus (White)
– Sensor Bar

Skylanders SWAP Force Pack
– Wii U Basic
– Nintendo Land game disc
– Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U game disc
– Portal of Power
– Three Skylanders figures, including Ninja Stealth Elf and two SWAP Force characters: EXCLUSIVE Color Shift Wash Buckler and Blast Zone
– Collector poster, trading cards and sticker sheets


The Wii is on its way out, and the Wii U hasn’t performed up to Nintendo’s expectations. Given these two factors, MCV decided to ask Activision’s UK MD, Roy Stackhouse, about whether the publisher’s expectations for the game have been negatively impacted.

Not at all, Stackhouse said. In fact, he along with Activision as a whole “expect to sell a lot of Skylanders on the Nintendo platforms.” Stackhouse also said the company still considers Nintendo to be “a very integral part of our sales mix going forward.”

Stackhouse’s comments in full:

“Not at all. We still expect to sell a lot of Skylanders on the Nintendo platforms. Just because the sales may have softened doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of consoles out there that children are still playing on. We still see Nintendo as a very integral part of our sales mix going forward.”


Nintendo and Activision are teaming up for a new Wii U bundle. The package, which launches on November 15, includes the following:

  • a white Wii U Basic system
  • Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack that includes:
    • Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U software
    • a Portal of Power
    • three Skylanders figures, including Ninja Stealth Elf (one of the Core Skylanders) and two SWAP Force characters: Blast-Zone and an exclusive color shift Washbuckler
    • a collector poster, trading cards and sticker sheets
  • Nintendo Land game disc

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said of today’s announcement:

“There are so many great elements to this Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U bundle that we almost couldn’t cram them all into the box. This amazing deal provides a huge amount of entertainment for kids and their families to play together.”

Pricing is set at $299.99 for the new bundle. You can find the official announcement below.

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