COMMENTARY: Let the Games (Surrounding Video Game Console Exclusives) Begin

SSC_Hammer Slam Bowser_FIN_HiResThis past Tuesday started out innocently enough. We were monitoring the news out of Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) when the announcement broke: As part of an agreement between Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm, and Sony, this fall will see the arrival of a special version of the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0. The limited-edition Star Wars Saga Starter Pack will offer fans the chance to play as Boba Fett, the popular bounty hunter from the Star Wars movies. It will also allow players access to a much-anticipated Disney Infinity Play Set one month before it arrives on shelves, and even more importantly—at least, for the purposes of this commentary—the deal is only available for Sony’s PlayStation system.

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LEGO Toy Pad Unites Physical and Digital Realms Through Interactive Puzzle Play

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has unveiled the LEGO Toy Pad, which comes with the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack and will be an interactive part of the LEGO Dimensions game play experience. The LEGO Toy Pad functions as an additional game controller, giving players a unique way to interact with the toys and the game. It allows any combination of seven characters, vehicles, and gadgets to be simultaneously brought into the game at one time, and features three distinct areas of RGB light technology that produce a broad array of colors to provide hints and puzzles for the player to solve.

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Skylanders SuperChargers Introduces Donkey Kong and Bowser as Skylanders Guest Stars

SSC_Turbo Charge DonkeyKong_FIN_HiResActivision Publishing Inc. and Nintendo have collaborated to introduce two of Nintendo’s iconic characters, Donkey Kong and Bowser, as guest stars in Skylanders SuperChargers. The characters will be available exclusively in Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for the Wii U, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS family of systems, available now for pre-order. E3 2015 attendees were the first to get their hands on the characters and specially created vehicles.


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Lego Jurassic World Roars into Stores, Packs All Four Jurassic Films into One Video Game

LEGO Jurassic WorldLego Jurassic World is now available in North America for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita, the Xbox One and Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, the Lego Group, and Universal Partnerships & Licensing, Lego Jurassic World spans more than two decades of films including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, and the anticipated Jurassic World, opening today.

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Skylanders Get Supercharged with SuperChargers

Skylanders-SuperChargers-Logo_PNGActivision has revealed the latest installment in its Skylanders franchise: Skylanders SuperChargers. Expanding on the brand’s signature gameplay, Skylanders SuperChargers introduces never-before-seen vehicles-to-life.

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LEGO Jurassic World Has New Trailer, Launch Date, and So Many Dinosaurs

The latest trailer for LEGO Jurassic World is overflowing with dinosaurs: big dinos, tiny dinos, friendly dinos, angry dinos, flying dinos, battling dinos, and even goofy dinos. Between the more than 20 different kinds of playable dinosaurs and more making an appearance, players will have plenty to do when the game arrives in North America on June 12 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC.

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NPD Report Shows Decrease in Hardware, Physical Software Sales

NPDGrouplogoRecently, the NPD Group reported U.S. games industry sales for the period of March 1 to April 4. According to Liam Callahan, director, games industry analyst, hardware unit sales decreased by 9 percent, and with average prices down 13 percent across all platforms, dollar sales decreased by 21 percent.

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Activision Unveils Guitar Hero Live, Available Worldwide This Fall

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc.

This morning, Activision Publishing Inc. officially announced the latest installment of its Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero Live, intended to reflect modern trends in both music and video game consumption. The new game marks the franchise’s return after a five-year hiatus.

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LEGO Dimensions Introduces a Whole New Universe of Play This Fall

LegoDimensions2,StarterPackWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The LEGO Group will launch LEGO Dimensions, which merges physical Lego brick building with interactive console game play. Scheduled for release on September 27, the game will fuse a number of fan-favorite LEGO universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and more.

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Nintendo Forms Business Venture with DeNA, Hints at New Gaming Hardware

NintendoNintendo and DeNA will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s intellectual property (IP), including its iconic game characters, for smart devices. The alliance is intended to complement Nintendo’s video game systems business and extend Nintendo’s reach into the worldwide smart device market. [Read more...]