The Skylanders Franchise Could’ve Been a Nintendo Exclusive; Nintendo Turned the Deal Down…

Skylanders Nintendo Exclusive

Activision has revealed that the immensely popular Skylanders game franchise could have been exclusive to Nintendo platforms. Great right? Unfortunately, there’s more to the story. It turns out that The Big N declined the offer. Here’s what Activision representatives said:

“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo,” says Ford. “I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”

“They spent a long time looking and looking,” says Reiche. “They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].” Although there was a limited co-marketing deal, Nintendo did not want to make a full commitment to Skylanders. “We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”

“Reiche is still surprised that the entertainment giant which reacted most quickly was Disney, which launched Disney Infinity in 2013 and is looking to expand the franchise. “Nintendo could have kicked Disney’s ass,” says Reiche. “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”

Nice one Nintendo… What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s decision to turn down the deal? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Source: Polygon Via: My Nintendo News

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