Activision 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.
Skylanders SuperChargers will introduce Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, new characters that will be exclusive to the Nintendo platforms. Both figures will be playable in both Skylanders SuperChargers and select amiibo compatible games through a twist of the characters’ bases.
The goal of the collaboration is to honor the personalities and heritage of Donkey Kong and Bowser, while creating a fresh look and feel for them in Skylands. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong’s powers and attacks include barrel throws, exploding bongos, and other classic Donkey Kong powers that pay homage to the lore of the character. Hammer Slam Bowser’s powers range from commanding Koopas and summoning Warp Pipes to fire-breathing attacks.
“Activision Blizzard has always cherished our collaboration with Nintendo, and we are grateful for decades of partnership,” says Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Since we made the first toys-to-life game, some of our most dedicated players have been Nintendo fans around the world. Skylanders is delighted to welcome beloved guest stars Donkey Kong and Bowser into its magical world.”
Skylanders fans will be able to pilot and steer Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser’s custom designed vehicles, Barrel Blaster and Clown Cruiser. The special Skylanders guest stars and vehicles will be playable, cooperatively or alone, in Skylanders SuperChargers across all three Nintendo systems.
“Activision’s Skylanders games have been very popular on Nintendo platforms, and we hope this collaboration will delight fans of the franchise,” says Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. “We believe this unique approach will help expand the entire category and make it appealing to even more players.”
Skylanders SuperChargers launches on September 20 in North America. The new game supports more than 300 Skylanders toys from previous games, enabling all Skylanders characters to pilot land, sea, or sky-based vehicles. The vehicles are playable in-game as well as in the physical world. Players will also have the ability to customize all vehicles in-game with modifications and upgradeable weapons.