Activision will only release Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser amiibo via Skylanders SuperChargers starter packs. According to a recent interview with the US publisher, both amiibo sets will be sold only with the Nintendo starter packs in order to limit consumer confusion between platforms. The production of both exclusive characters lie with Activision, however, rather than Nintendo – having been less than reliable when it comes to stock.
Announced during the Nintendo Digital Event earlier this week, Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and his Barrel Blaster vehicle is available as part of the Wii U starter pack, priced at $74.99 within the US or £54.99, €69.99 in UK and Europe. While Hammer Slam Bowser and his vehicle the Clown Cruiser will arrive with the Wii and 3DS starter packs, priced at $74.99 (£54.99/€69.99) and $64.99 (£49.99/€59.99), respectively. It’s a little steep in price if you’re looking to “catch” ’em all, but cheaper prices certainly come around for those who wait just a little bit longer.
Both amiibo launching with Skylanders SuperChargers will be compatible in other Nintendo games, as confirmed with their handy circle slider on the NFC chip. The upcoming RPG platform title will arrive for a variety of platforms on September 20 in North America and Europe on September 25.
“At this time, Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be sold via the Nintendo starter packs only, as we wanted to avoid having consumers confused at retail thinking that they are playable on other platforms, as they are exclusive to Nintendo platforms.” – Activision Representative
Activision has announced that they’re bringing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but there’s no Wii U version on the cards. The news was announced today in a blog post posted by the company which explicitly states that there will be no version of the popular series for Nintendo’s latest home console. It’s interesting that they’re bringing it to last generation systems now.
Also, it should be noted that there’s no version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Nintendo Wii U planned.
More Activision titles could come to the Wii U if the Activision Support Twitter account is to be believed. Whether they have insider knowledge remains to be seen, as it is just the support team. However, more Wii U titles are certainly welcome. We’ve already for Guitar Hero coming to the platform, but I know a lot of you wanted Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Guess we shall have to play the waiting game.
We heard earlier today that Activision is once again supporting the Wii U by bringing over Guitar Hero Live. This is set to be a radical shake of the Guitar Hero franchise. We know that it’s set from a first person viewpoint and that the game comes with a guitar for $99. Guitar Hero Live is set to be unleashed this fall and Polygon recently had the chance to go hands on with the game and speak to Tyler Michaud, senior director of product management at Activision. There’s so many details that you will want to know about so I urge you to check out the article. Anyway, here’s a snippet of what was mentioned.
“Guitar Hero created this pop culture phenomenon. Really, I would argue, it was one of the first titles to transcend our entire category and become this household name. But it’s been a while. It’s been five years since the last release. There’s so much emotion and passion around the Guitar Hero brand at the company. It’s something we always intended to bring back, when we had that legit innovation that would transform the way you play the game in a fundamental way. It’s taken until now to have that. FreeStyle delivered that vision. I believe this truly is the reinvention of Guitar Hero.”
– Tyler Michaud, Activision
“We always knew, like Tyler said, if we ever brought Guitar Hero back it had to be because we came up with some great innovation and made some big changes. The way we started it, we took it right to its core, its base. We said, what was it about Guitar Hero that was so cool in the first place? Why did it become the game it became?”
– Jamie Jackson, FreeStyleGames
Thanks, Paid Enthusiast
Activision has pretty blatantly teased that Guitar Hero will be announced tomorrow. Formats for the game remain a mystery, but it’s pretty much a given that it will arrive on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. I know a lot of you would like to see the next entry to the popular franchise on the Wii U so we will just have to cross our fingers and see what happens.
Mega publisher Activision has begun sending out invites to the press inviting them to special event during which the company will reveal a brand new game. As you would expect the internet is currently abuzz guessing what it could be, a new Guitar Hero sounds likely. We won’t know for sure until April 14th.
Skylanders Trap Team was the number one top-selling kids console game for 2014, according to Activision. The publisher also says that, for the third consecutive year, Skylanders was the number one kids video game franchise of the year in the U.S. and globally. Skylanders Trap Team is the fourth installment in Activision’s Skylanders series. It is available on a number of platforms, including Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS.