- Persona 5’s party-boosting hacker Futaba Sakura introduced
- Dead Rising 4 now available for PC, Xbox One, plus a how-to video
- Persona 5 digital pre-orders up, Story and Confidant trailers released
- PSX 2016 – Bandai Namco: Ace Combat 7, Ni No Kuni II
- PSX 2016 – Activision: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Destiny The Dawning
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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Skylanders
Skylanders will be venturing out into handhelds again this fall with the launch of Skylanders Swap Force for 3DS. The n-Space-developed entry will feature a new story, new levels, and three new starter-pack characters (Free Ranger, Rattle Shake, Volcanic, and Eruptor). The story follows the attack on Boomtown, the hometown of Flynn, and the kidnap of Cali by a new villain, Count Monkeybone. Players must save the town and Cali from this new menace.
Skylander fans will be able to snag the upcoming character Ninjini before its official launch, and a few discounted figures as well, on February 5 at an event at Toys “R” Us Times Square. The festivities are in honor of the annual International Toy Fair, and in celebration, the first to line up will receive a free Ninjini figure. Those who show up later will still be able to participate in giveaways and a day-long sale, which includes $25 off a Giants Starter Pack and a ‘buy 2, get 1 free’ for figures. Characters will be on hand to greet attendees, and playable demos will be setup at kiosks.
It appears that the Skylanders craze continues unabated as Activision has revealed that the franchise has surpassed $500 million in retail sales. The figure includes all games, accessory packs, and figures sold in the U.S., and according to Activision, this milestone has been reached “faster than any other kids’ gaming property.” The latest title in the series, Skylanders Giants, has earned more than $195 million in the U.S. and was the best selling kids’ game of last year.
Gamers of all ages have made Toys for Bob’s Skylanders a hit, and for those who’ve been waiting for a new adventure, the wait is almost over. Activision has announced that the savior of many a parent’s sanity will return this Sunday with Skylanders Giants. The sequel will once again pit portal masters against the nefarious and stubbornly resilient Portal Master Kaos. Joining the original crew, who carry over all stats and customizations, are 16 new characters, including eight double-sized Giant Skylanders. The new Wow Pow system adds a new upgrade path for new and old Skylander alike—looks like it’s time to break out Trigger Happy.
The Skylanders line has expanded to iOS today with the launch of Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The 99-cent download features Trigger Happy retaking back a new region of Skylands from Kaos’ minions in a gallery-style shooter. Players will be able to take command of a sky ship as they tap to shoot and swipe to pull off combos.