Looking good

At E3 Activision had announced that PlayStation owners would get a special Crash Bandicoot Starter Pack with characters and levels from the classic game in the forthcoming Skylanders Imaginators. At Gamescom 2016 we finally got to hear how Wii U (and Xbox) owners can get in on the Crash action.

First off we have another character revealed - although we knew he was coming already. Dr. Neo Cortex takes a bow as a Sensei Skylander. He and Crash offer access to the Thumpin' Wumpa Islands level that is designed to deliver a nostalgic Crash Bandicoot experience. A bit of time playing through the start of this area soon revealed a classic massive boulder chase, TNT boxes, crabs, hazards, temple ruins, Wumpa Fruit and of course lots of exploding crates.

Of more interest to Wii U owners though is the announcement of the new Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin' Wumpa Islands Adventure Pack that will be available "this holiday" (Christmas then?). This will include Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex as fully playable toys along with the new levels.

So unless you have a PlayStation you can't play this at launch, but still it's good to see this heading to the Wii U later in the year. This makes the Wii U the only place to be able to access all 300+ Skylanders characters -- because of the ongoing exclusivity of the amiibo-Skylander cross over characters. Hurrah!