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McDonald's Happy Meals getting exclusive Skylanders Swap Force figures

Skylanders Swap Force publisher Activision is bringing eight exclusive Skylanders figures to McDonald's Happy Meals starting this Friday, Activision announced today. For one week, from March 28 through April 4, participating McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. and Puerto Rico will offer a new Skylanders-themed Happy Meal, and each one will come with one of the eight toys. The eight characters in question are Chompy, Eruptor, Free Ranger, Freeze Blade, Magna Charge, Prism Break, Rattle Shake and Wash Buckler. (The figures are just plastic toys inspired by the characters, not actual Skylanders that can be used with the video games.) Each of the Skylanders Happy Meals will also include two coupons: one for $10 off the Swap Force Starter Pack, and the other for $1 off a Skylanders...

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Potential new Skylanders revealed in contest, coming in 2014

Skylanders publisher Activision and Frito-Lay have teamed up for a contest that offers a glimpse at three potential new characters in the action figure/video game's next installment, which is scheduled to be released this year. The contest allows entrants to choose between three characters — a dragon-like insect, a bat witch and a dolphin pirate, all of which you can see below — and give them a name and a backstory. Judges at Activision and Frito-Lay will select a single entry for each character in May, and voters will then choose from those three names. The winning character will be included in the unnamed Skylanders game and the winner will receive a $100,000 scholarship. Those interested in participating can sign up at the contest's official site. Little is known about...

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Skylanders will stagger its figurine releases throughout 2014

Instead of releasing large groups of Skylanders figures in waves like the company has done for past releases, Activision has already planned a staggered release schedule for figures slated to launch this year, Activision's Glenn Oliver told Polygon. Oliver said at least 20 percent of the Skylanders planned to release with Swap Force have yet to be released. Activision will sprinkle its freshly-minted and coveted little critters throughout 2014, releasing them to the public in small groups every few months or so. The current group contains five figures — including new Swap Force characters Fryno and Punk Shock with five more slated to hit "later this spring," according to Oliver. Among these spring releases is at least one special seasonal Skylander, a new version of Trigger Happy, a...

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Call of Duty and Skylanders went 1 and 2 in December 2013 US sales

Call of Duty: Ghosts and Skylanders Swap Force took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, on the U.S. sales chart for December 2013, publisher Activision announced today, citing data from the NPD Group. Ghosts came in as the top-selling game of the month, and ended up as the best-selling title of 2013 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Infinity Ward's first-person shooter extended the Call of Duty franchise's streak of being the top franchise of the year in the U.S. (in both units sold and dollars) to five consecutive years. Including revenue from software, toys and accessories, Swap Force (screenshot above) was the No. 2 best-selling game of December, which helped make the Skylanders series the top-selling kids video game franchise in the U.S. for the second year in a row. In...

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GameStop hosting in-store 'Play Day' Dec. 7 with demos, discounts

Parents looking for help with holiday-season game purchases can head to GameStop stores Dec. 7 for Play Day, where they'll be able to try out kid-friendly new releases and get discounts, GameStop announced today. Play Day will take place at all GameStop locations in the U.S. this Saturday, and each store will offer a hands-on demo for at least one of the games listed below: Disney Infinity Lego Marvel Super Heroes Mario Party: Island Tour Skylanders Swap Force Super Mario 3D World GameStop will also be offering giveaways like coupons for kid's meals at Chipotle, along with deals on a variety of kid-oriented titles. The discounts include a $25 savings on the Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack and a $15 savings on the Disney Infinity Toy Box Challenge Starter Pack; a full list of...

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For multiplatform Skylanders Swap Force, the toys are the key (update)

A number of games that span the generational divide, particularly Electronic Arts titles including Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14, will allow players to carry over some progress from the current generation to the next generation. For Skylanders Swap Force, which was released last month on current-gen platforms and is a launch title for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, partial carryover isn't a concern — it's all in the game's magical little toys. "You can take your favorite character over to your friend's house, and play on whatever platform that they have and gain the experience, store it on the toy and then come back and have basically the same experience," said Nicholas Ruepp, senior producer on Swap Force at developer Vicarious Visions, in an interview with Polygon today. The...

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The games and systems on sale at Kmart for Black Friday 2013

An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on bfads.com includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...

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Skylanders Swap Force launches Nov. 12 for next-gen

The next-gen edition of Skylanders Swap Force will launch in North America on Nov. 12 ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases, Activision announced today. According to the announcement, the game runs in native 1080p on both next-gen consoles. The third installment of the Skylanders franchise features 16 base characters that players can use create 250 possible characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Players can also use with their Skylanders Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders Giants character collection with the latest game. Skylanders Swap Force next-gen edition also features an overhauled graphics engine which allowed the team to get closer to creating a game that looks and feels like an interactive kid's movie. "We really wanted to deliver that...

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Skylanders Swap Force's Xbox One upgrades are mostly cosmetic

The next-gen edition of Skylanders Swap Force remains the same in most ways, focusing more on visual upgrades rather than the expansion of the game's features set, if a press demo attended by Polygon is any indication. On the Xbox One, players will find no new features besides those that apply specifically to the console's capabilities — like DVR capture and community sharing. Speaking with us during a press event in San Francisco, producer Chris Wilson said the idea was to deliver the same core experience across every platform. "We're really happy with the adventure we put together," Wilson said. "We really want to make sure that all consumers, if you're playing on whatever platform, you're going to be able to experience [the same gameplay.]" Instead, the team ramped up the game's...

Skylanders Swap Force Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Vicarious Visions
    • Score 7.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Vicarious Visions
  • Wii U
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Vicarious Visions
  • Wii
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Beenox
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer n-Space
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Vicarious Visions
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Vicarious Visions
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