Skylanders has to be one of the biggest gaming franchises around at the moment. It pulls in a lot of income and sales from the many platforms it is on and both adults and children play and enjoy the games. Another interesting fact is that the Skylanders games have often seen much better sales on Nintendo’s platforms then any others. But one of the really interesting bits of information that has just come around is that Activision and Toys for Bob originally approached Nintendo about partnering for Skylanders and having the game as a Nintendo exclusive. Obviously as history shows this didn’t go to well as Nintendo didn’t want to quite commit to the franchise and so the series became a multi platform success. As Co- founder Fred Ford at Toys for Bob told Polygon in an interview.
“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo. 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. They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].”
The people at Activision were confused at why Nintendo didn’t jump at the opportunity.
We have no idea why. 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.
This is definitely an interesting bit of information and Nintendo really must be kicking themselves know given the immense popularity of the franchise. Oh well mistakes happen and people just have to move on.