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Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team bundled with Wii U download code

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The Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team will include a download code for the Wii U version, effectively creating a cross-buy benefit for the toys-to-life game coming soon from Activision.

Skylanders' official Twitter feed pointed out the bonus on Wednesday, meaning that those who buy the game on Wii won't have to buy a new set (at $75) if they upgrade to Wii U. Those who have both consoles may wish to consider this even if the Wii U will be the primary option.

Only the software is different; the physical toys and the portal they use are the same for both consoles.

Skylanders Trap Team launches Oct. 5 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and 3DS. There will be a "Dark Edition" collectors pack that allows players to play as the series' main villain, Portal Master Kaos. It includes black and silver variant figurines of new Skylanders Wildfire and Food Fight as well. The Dark Edition is $99 for all platforms; its Wii listing does not mention a Wii U download code.