Sweet Suite 2016

GameStop Opens Pre-Orders for Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack

swapGameStop has announced the exclusive Skylanders Swap Force Dark Edition Starter Pack, for the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3 systems, is now available for pre-order.

The Dark Edition Starter Pack includes: the video game, a Portal of Power, five exclusive Dark Edition Skylanders figures, a character poster, five sticker sheets with secret codes, five trading cards. Customers that pre-order a Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack (Dark Edition or Regular Edition) will receive a free new LightCore Hex Skylanders figure while supplies last.

Customers can pre-order Skylanders Swap Force at GameStop online or stores nationwide.

D3 Publisher Debuts Turbo: Super Stunt Squad Video Game

turbo-super-stunt-squad-400D3Publisher debuted Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, a new action game that features the characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation  film, Turbo, set to hit theaters July 17. Each playable character has its own signature street style and skills including jumps, drifts, slides, flip, and other super stunt moves. Key features of the game include multiple upgrade and unlock abilities, and larger than life courses, all of which vary depending on the game console used. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is available for Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 entertainment systems.

K’nex Brands Welcomes Mario Kart 7

K’nex welcomes Mario Kart 7 to its line of officially licensed Nintendo building sets. Mario Kart 7 will join the Mario Kart Wii Building Set line in the construction aisle this fall.

The new sets are designed for young Nintendo fans ages 6 and up, bringing the fun of Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii to a new generation, and expanding its appeal through a rewarding, age-appropriate K’nex building experience. In addition, the interchangeable track system rods, bricks, and connectors used in these building sets are American made.

kartassortmentMario Kart 7: Kart Assortment Series No. 1

Kids can build and race their favorite characters in karts from Mario Kart 7. Choose from fan favorites Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, or Princess Peach in this Kart Assortment. Once built, the kart’s pull-back motor and accessories from the game add to the fun. Each sold separately. [Read more...]

Commentary: Get the Party Started in The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

bat 0004 dvd o-sleeveThe Croods: Prehistoric Party!, inspired by the DreamWorks Animation animated film, The Croods, is now available for Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS.  The Croods premieres in North American theaters today.

A while back, I had the opportunity to check out The Croods: Prehistoric Party! at D3Publisher. Whether or not you’ve seen the movie, the Croods family is lovable and takes you on an adventure through dozens of mini-games. The game is fun for all ages and is great for family time or single play—the Wii U and Wii versions support up to four players.

Some of the games key features are highlighted below. For more information on The Croods: Prehistoric Party!, visit www.d3publisher.us. [Read more...]

Compete in a Survival of the Crood-Est in The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

D3Publisher (D3P) will bring the DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. animated film, The Croods, to Nintendo’s Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and DS systems.  The Croods: Prehistoric Party! will be available on March 19, to coincide with North American theatrical release of the film on March 22. [Read more...]

Mattel Releases New Monster High Video Game

Mattel has released a new video game for the tween-girl franchise, Monster High. In the new game, Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze, players can pick a character and skate their way through the crypts of Monster High and other schools along with a team of friends. The game is available on Wii and Nintendo DS at major retail stores.

D3Publisher, Nickelodeon To Release New Games for Holiday Season

D3Publisher (D3P) and Nickelodeon have partnered for two new video games, Victorious: Taking the Lead for Nintendo DS and Wii, and Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party for Nintendo DS.  Both games will release this holiday season and give kids the chance to be the star in a school play or throw magical fairy parties with their favorite television characters.

Victorious: Taking the Lead

Victorious: Taking the Lead, based on the hit Nickelodeon television series, is an adventure and exploration game where fans can be Tori Vega and star in a Hollywood Arts production. Tori really wants the lead role in the upcoming school play and fans can help her get the part by successfully playing through a variety of fun mini-games that are tied to the show. Fans will receive an inside look into the Victorious world where they can fully interact with cast members like Jade and Beck and visit their favorite show locations. The Wii version (rated “E10+”) was developed by High Voltage Software, and the Nintendo DS version (rated “E10+”) was created by 1st Playable Productions.

Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party

Girls will embrace the magic within and discover their inner fairy in Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party, through the enchanting story and exciting mini-games filled with fairies, fashion, friendship, and pets that fans love. Fans can star in the game as their own fairy, interact with their favorite show characters and enroll in the enchanting Alfea School.  They will form new friendships, perform spells, and plan unforgettable events that include a wondrous ball! The game is based on a brand new Winx Club modern fantasy adventure television series that will take the fairies of Alfea School on magical experiences and showcase a new art style with CGI episodes releasing this fall. Developed by 1st Playable Productions, Inc., this game is rated “E” and releases on October 30.

For more information about D3Publisher and these titles, visit www.d3publisher.us.

NBA 2K13 to Feature National Team and 1992 Dream Team

2K Sports partnered with USA Basketball to feature both the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and the 1992 “Dream Team” in NBA 2K13, the next installment of the NBA video game simulation franchise.

The 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team has earned recognition as one of USA Basketball’s all-time greatest teams. The original “Dream Team” is widely considered the most dominant sports team ever assembled, and featured 11 Hall of Fame players including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, and Charles Barkley.

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K13 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available on October 2 in North America and October 5 internationally for Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PSP, Wii, and Windows PC. The Wii U version will be available during the holiday season. Fans can pre-order now at participating retailers in order to receive the NBA All-Star content at no extra cost.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Cooking Mama Serves Up Combo Packs for Nintendo DS, Wii

Majesco Entertainment Company will launch Cooking Mama combo packs, including Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 & 2 on Nintendo DS and Mama’s 2-Pack on Wii, on August 14.

Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 for Nintendo DS allows players to master the kitchen in Cooking Mama then join Mama’s family on a wilderness getaway in Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures. Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 2 includes Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends, where players must satisfy Mama and her finicky friends, and Crafting Mama, where players pick up the scissors and paintbrush to get crafty.

Mama’s 2-Pack for Wii includes Cooking Mama Cook Off and Cooking Mama World Kitchen. The Wii Remote becomes a universal cooking tool to chop, grate, slice, stir, and roll in motion-based cooking activities. Developed by Cooking Mama Limited, Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 and 2 and Mama’s 2-Pack are rated E for Everyone.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Go on a Royal Journey with Disney Princess Video Game

Disney Interactive will release Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure on September 25. The new video game will be available for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC/Mac.

In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the Princess worlds, and they will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom. As the Fairy Godmother’s apprentice, players must pursue the imps into each kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm and change them back into friendly sprites. Each Princess world allows players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters who guide them through missions. Players can also customize their avatar—changing the avatar’s skin tone, hair texture, eye color, etc.—and room in the Fairy Godmother’s castle,  as well as utilize gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.