Skylanders Giants, sequel to Spyro's Adventure, now in stores

9:51 AM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
'Skylanders: Giants' from Activision.
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The sequel to Activision's 2011 best-selling kids title, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, is now available for the Nintendo's Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The game, Skylanders Giants, builds on the success of its predecessor by dramatically enhancing the magic of bringing toys to life in an exciting virtual experience as first introduced in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.  Giants features 16 new characters, led by eight Giant Skylanders, who are twice the size of their comrades.  The Giants each have exciting new powers and abilities to match their size.  Joining the Giants are eight new Skylanders, who also feature never-before-seen powers.  Additionally, Skylanders Giants introduces new LightCore Skylanders that glow when on or near the Portal of Power without the requirement of batteries.  Furthermore, fan-favorites from Spyro's Adventure return as Series 2 characters featuring an all new "Wow Pow" upgrade power as well as the choice of more than one upgrade path.  Also, for those who have Spyro's Adventure characters, those figurines are fully compatible with Skylanders Giants.

"It's really gratifying that in less than a year, we've seen Skylanders go from being an intriguing untested new IP to becoming one of the hottest kids franchises in the world.  And it has been universally acclaimed by parents, kids and critics alike," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.  "Skylanders is more than just a new piece of interactive entertainment, but a genuinely new kind of thinking in interactive entertainment.  The response of the fans has been incredible, and the only way we can return the favor is with a sequel like Skylanders Giants.  This game is all about big:  big creatures, big worlds, bigger ideas. We're very excited to see Skylanders Giants finally hit the shelves."

Skylanders Giants will make the leap onto Nintendo's Wii U on the same day the new video game console launches on November 18, 2012.  In the Wii U version, the game takes clever advantage of the system's motion and touchscreen controls.  Meanwhile, Nintendo 3DS owners will experience a new adventure exclusive to this version.  The storyline features characters Flynn, Hugo, and Cali.  It also introduces the villainous Captain Frightbeard.

Skylanders Giants is rated E+10 by the ESRB.


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