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E3 2012: Skylanders Giants Stomping onto Wii U

Posted by Mike Mason

Ground shaking

Polish up those Skylanders figures; Skylanders Giants is coming to Wii U, and all your old models are compatible.

During an interview with GameTrailers, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that the sequel will be making its way over to Nintendo's new home console. Having taken toy technology under its wing in the original, allowing players to scan their figurines into the game via the specially designed Portal of Power, it seems reasonably likely that Skylanders Giants will be an early user of Wii U GamePad's built-in NFC chip. Since statistics are saved on the figures, we'd hope that character data can be brought over to the new system too.

However, Hirshberg also deflected questions about a Wii U version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II for now: "We haven't announced anything on that."

Would you be interested in using the Wii U GamePad rather than a Portal of Power?

[via gametrailers.com]

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User Comments (21)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

There are plenty of games coming to the Wii U that I want... but this is not one of them.

Good news for fans of Skylanders though.
The Wii U seems like a perfect fit for the series, as you can scan them right onto the controller.

Don't really care about Call of Duty either, but I still hope that that'll make it over just to keep everyone else happy.

pntjr

#3

pntjr said:

Oh wow, they're actually MAKING a sequel. I thought they cancelled production of this. Meh

SpaceKappa

#4

SpaceKappa said:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I LOVE Skylanders and I was REALLY hoping they'd make the jump. I am EXCITED.

SkywardLink98

#6

SkywardLink98 said:

More games are always welcome on the Wii U :D
I'd rather use the controller because that has a rechargeable battery.

ShadJV

#9

ShadJV said:

Hm. Unless the Wii U actually has an achievement system, I'll probably just get the 360 one. But I do think it's better of they use the gamepad's NFC, that'd save money over buying another portal.

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

Has anybody played this before? You have to keep the Skylander figurines (toys?) on the portal while you are playing (3DS is very different), once removed they pop out of the game. You can use 2 at once mid-stream, which was kind of cool actually. Not saying it couldn't work, but I can't wrap my brain around how. I guess the portal could have also had some type of weight sensor or something so it knew what was on it, but I just don't see how the Gamepad NFC can have enough of a boundary range to know when you want a toy in or out of range.

OdnetninAges

#11

OdnetninAges said:

This is unrelated, but I just want to give you guys a heads up: there is a trailer for Wreck-It-Ralph. I have not seen the trailer yet, but a lot of people seem to be excited about the cameos in the trailer alone.

SteveW

#12

SteveW said:

Why would you want to play without a portal? oops... I moved the controller and the character just fell off, no thanks, they better give you the option to buy a portal...

hillbill26

#13

hillbill26 said:

Hopefully my old figures can work just as well as the new remodeled figures. But, this game seems pretty cool. Can't wait to get it.

paburrows

#14

paburrows said:

I don't see how you could use the controller as the portal since the figures have to stay on it and with all the move ment that I do when I play the figure is going to fly off a lot.

WolfRamHeart

#15

WolfRamHeart said:

I actually would have liked to have seen this game in Nintendo's E3 press conference yesterday. Would have been a lot better than watching SiNG or Wii Fit U. Plus, It would have been cool to see how it utilizes the Wii U Game Pad.

Volmun

#16

Volmun said:

you'l find you have the WiiU game pad static and use a wii remoute or pro controller if there isn't a portal.. id be tempted with this but i think il just get the PS3 game as i got the 1st game on PS3

Not-Another-Ad

#17

Not-Another-Ad said:

I quite liked the original,bar the horrible pay to play thing.
Long as you can use your original Skylanders,I might get it for Wii.

Drawdler

#20

Drawdler said:

I just can't be any excited for this game anymore because of the reposes... I know they're optional, but it's already showing we're going to miss out on quite a bit of content if we don't get them- five new levels for our old toys is nothing unless they're a LOT harder to max into but in a game like Skylanders the rumored 30 levels (?) and so many new upgrades is meant to be the main hook. :|

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