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COMMENTARY: Nintendo Is Game for Playing in the Toy World

amiibo.largerversionSince the 1980s, Nintendo has always seemed to be the “family-friendly” choice in video games. With wholesome characters such as Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Toad, and bad guys that make you laugh more often than they scare you (except for Bowser in the original Super Mario Bros. game on NES—he was straight up scary), Nintendo has always given off a welcoming, family-friendly vibe, with games available for kids of all ages, and systems and controllers that are intuitive rather than intimidating.

Despite knowing this—and being a Nintendo fan my whole life—it still caught me a bit off-guard when Nintendo announced that it would be launching amiibo, which are action-figures designed to connect and interact with compatible games. “By holding the amiibo over your Wii U GamePad, you’ll open up new experiences within each corresponding game,” reads the Nintendo website. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Comics’ Timeless Heroes (and Villains) Are Still Loved by Today’s Kids

Superman-First-Comic-Action-Comics-No-1-222x300Kids these days may not know that Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman (among many, many others) hailed from glorious comic books first published in the 1930s, costing someone 10 cents an issue on the stands. They also may not realize how well some have held their value, being that the very first Superman comic, Action Comics No. 1, supposedly goes for $3.2 million dollars—but let’s not get too sidetracked.

The real point here is that today, September 25, is National Comic Book Day, and it’s hard to imagine the toy aisles without the superheroes and villains who once upon a time, were neither action figures nor stars on the silver screen played by big-league actors and actresses; but instead, started out as hand-illustrated drawings on a comic strip. [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 Arrives on Disney Infinity this Fall

BigHero6.DisneyInfinityHiro and Baymax from the upcoming action-packed movie Big Hero 6 will be entering the Disney Infinity Toy Box (2.0 Edition) from Disney Interactive. Fans will be able to use Hiro’s mind-power and Baymax’s super strength—along with hundreds of items, locations, props, vehicles, and more from across the Disney and Marvel universes—to create all-new adventures.

There will also be a Big Hero 6 Chem Capsule Power Disc, which allows players to create a cloud of frost that freezes enemies right in their tracks.

Disney’s Hiro and Baymax figures will be available in North American retail stores on November 4. In the meantime, check out the gameplay trailer below:

Disney Interactive to Launch Disney-Themed Toy Box Starter Pack

Merida and StitchDisney Interactive will launch a special Disney-themed Toy Box Starter Pack this November. The Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) gives Disney fans the chance to experience the Toy Box 2.0 mode, set in the world of Disney, and is compatible with the game’s Marvel Play Sets.

Players can create unique stories featuring Starter Pack characters Merida and Stitch, utilize newly announced Disney and Marvel characters, as well as bring all of their existing characters from Disney Infinity into the Toy Box 2.0 mode. The Toy Box Starter Pack is compatible with all Disney Infinity content, including Marvel Play Sets, figures, and Power Discs. Fans can also unlock Disney-themed content and purchase additional figures and Play Sets separately. [Read more...]

Disney Interactive Hosts Top Disney Infinity Community Members at Inaugural Toy Box Summit

Toy Box SummitTwenty-two of the most talented Disney Infinity Toy Box designers were invited to the Inaugural Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, which took place this weekend at Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event gave the community members exclusive access to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box 2.0, allowed them to meet with the development team, and challenged them participate in a Toy Box design competition for the chance to win a special Disney Infinity prize pack.

Five Toy Box artists served as mentors for Toy Box Summit guests, who were hand-picked from the community for delivering amazing Toy Box creations that were consistently among those showcased for players to download on the Disney Infinity Toy Box TV web series. The artists include Stewart Malcolm (Crazybynick), Patrick Efird (Papa Echo), Tyler Cole (TyForce), Jose Abalos (doctorlogicgate), and Quinn Johnson (quinnjitsu). They are also currently working on new Toy Box content that will be released for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.  [Read more...]

New Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Trailer!

In the wake of the first annual Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, Disney Interactive today unveiled a new Toy Box trailer for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition), with appearances by Marvel and Disney characters.

Toy Box 2.0 features new toys, tools, templates, Toy Box Games, and more.

Disney Infinity 2.0 to Include Full Set of Toy Box 2.0 Features

DisneyInfinityA host of new Toy Box features will debut in the new Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) from Disney Interactive, which hits retail stores next month. The new Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Edition will have Toy Box tools for world creators and builders. For creators, there will be tools that can be placed into a world in real-time, and a themed arrangement will build that world within minutes; while for builders, there will be non-player characters that can be dropped into Toy Boxes to build out detailed worlds.

There will also be new templates—including battle arenas, race tracks, and more—that players can use and customize using items saved to their personal Toy Boxes, and other customizable features.

In addition, more toys have been added to the Toy Box to allow for more detailed games with beginnings, endings, winners, and losers. A news feed will also be featured on the main menu, giving players access to more storage, and allowing them to like and store user-generated toy boxes.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Release Date Set, Pre-Order Program Launches

Marvel.jngDisney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition will be available for retail on September 23. The game will introduce new Marvel play sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. In addition, the popular Toy Box mode will return with enhanced features, where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Disney Interactive has also launched a pre-order program for the game. Through September 22, fans will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack. The game is available for pre-order at retailers nationwide.

Stitch and Tinker Bell Join Disney Infinity 2.0

TinkstitchStitch and Tinker Bell will join all of the characters from Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes in Toy Box 2.0 this fall. The characters were two of the most requested characters by the Disney Infinity fan community and will deliver their unique brand of magical, mischievous fun to the game.

Stitch, the lovable “Experiment 626″ from Lilo & Stitch will have his trusty cosmic blaster and the ability to super jump to galactic new heights, while Tinker Bell, one of Disney‘s most iconic characters, will join the Disney Infinity world with her magical healing Pixie Dust and the ability to glide to the stratosphere for fast-flying action.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Play Set to Join Disney Infinity

INF2_Marvel_SPDLineupV2-XLDisney has introduced the Marvel Spider-Man Play Set, the latest chapter of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition).

The game will feature a storyline that follows the Green Goblin as he tries to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all. He has captured Venom to extract clone symbiotes and hired Mysterio to wreck havoc on the Marvel Universe with him. Players will fight the symbiotes and face off against the villains.

The play set will include playable characters such as Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Iron Fists, and Venom with additional appearances by White Tiger, Black Cat, and Luke Cage. Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Iron Fist, Nova, and Venom will be playable in the new Toy Box 2.0 mode of the game. When players complete the play set, items will unlock to be used along with hundreds of other Marvel and Disney-themed items.

The Spider-Man Play Set will be available in retail stores this fall.