Nintendo Turned Down Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Exclusivity

By   /   Apr 16, 2014

Nintendo is reported to have had turned down an opportunity to partner with Activision on Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. Had Nintendo grasped onto the deal to help finance the venture, at least the first or even more titles to follow, could have been Nintendo exclusives. Not to mention that the series ended up being extremely successful and one has to ask if Nintendo regrets letting go of the opportunity.

A detailed report by Polygon of the history of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure says that Activision was looking for a partner for the toys-come-to-life video game. Developer Toys for Bob headed to Nintendo of America first to showcase an early development version of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.

“[Nintendo] spent a long time looking and looking,” said Toys for Bob co-founder Paul 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].”

But Nintendo ended up passing. “We have no idea why,” said 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.”

Nintendo’s Pokemon Rumble U was similar in a way to what Skylanders was offering. The only difference was that the game was downloadable only and its toys were sold exclusively at GameStop. The Skylanders franchise, meanwhile, has become one of the top 20 highest-selling game franchises, crossing the $2 billion in sales threshold earlier this year.

Source Polygon

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