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Skylanders Giants is the #1 best-selling console and hand-held video game year-to-date overall in dollars, including toys and accessories, in the U.S. and Europe and remains the biggest kids' videogame launch in the last 12 months in the U.S. and Europe.5 In its first two weeks, Skylanders Giants sold more than 500,000 Starter Packs and Portal Owner Packs globally.²

 

Additionally, Skylanders figures are expected to have outsold the top action-figure properties in the U.S. and Europe for the first eight months of the year.³ Life to date, the Skylanders® franchise has generated more than $1.5 billion in worldwide retail sales.4

 

"Skylanders is the biggest video game including toys and accessories and the biggest action figure line in the industry in the U.S. and Europe so far this year. Skylanders Giants also delivered the biggest kid's video game launch of the last 12 months¹," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We've accomplished this unmatched level of success by consistently delivering magic to our passionate, young fans. And the best is yet to come. With next month's release of Skylanders SWAP ForceTM, we will take this category that we've pioneered to a new level of innovation and creativity."

 

"The Skylanders franchise continues to be one of our top selling video game properties," said Laura Phillips, senior vice president of entertainment for Walmart U.S. "We're excited to offer our customers an expanded assortment of Skylanders figures, accessories and more as we gear up for the launch of Skylanders SWAP Force."

 

¹ Based on revenue, according to The US NPD Group, GfK Media Control and Activision internal estimates, including toys and accessory packs through August 31, 2013

²  According to The US NPD Group, GfK Media Control and Activision internal estimates.

³ According to The US NPD Group and Activision internal estimates through August 31, 2013

4 According to The US NPD Group, GfK Media Control and Activision internal estimates, including toys and accessory packs as of July 31, 2013

5 Based on revenue, according to The US NPD Group, Gfk Media Control and Activision internal estimates, includng toys and accessory packs for the first month following commercial release.

Activision Publishing is gearing up to deliver the innovation of "dynamic swapability" to the top selling Nintendo 3DS hand-held system¹ this fall with the highly anticipated launch of Skylanders SWAP Force.

 

The Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders SWAP Force offers gamers a unique adventure complete with its very own story, levels and special starter pack characters. A truly complementary experience to the console version, Skylanders SWAP Force on Nintendo 3DS will hit retail destinations worldwide with three new characters — Rattle Shake, Volcanic Eruptor, and Free Ranger — which are not found in any other Skylanders Starter Pack. So if fans buy both a console version and the Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders SWAP Force, then they will end up with four SWAP Force Skylanders, giving them 16 different combinations.

 

"Skylanders fans have been very supportive in expressing what they'd like to experience in the Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders SWAP Force, and we really took their input to heart," said Alex Peters, Vice President, Activision Production. "The game plays smoother and crisper than ever before, and with kids' collections becoming larger and larger, we were able to add more depth and gameplay variety than any other hand-held version of Skylanders."

 

The story of Skylanders SWAP Force on Nintendo 3DS begins in Boomtown, home of Skylands' favorite pilot, Flynn. As the town is celebrating Flynn as their hometown hero, a new villain known as Count Moneybone sneaks his way into Boomtown to kidnap Cali, long-time friend to Flynn and the Skylanders. Now it's up to Portal Masters everywhere to assemble the Skylanders and SWAP Force to save Cali and defeat the evil Count Moneybone.

 

Skylanders SWAP Force gives kids an unprecedented level of choice by allowing them to swap the top and bottom halves of the toys to transform 16 SWAP ForceTM characters into more than 250 unique combinations3. Skylanders SWAP Force on Nintendo 3DS is compatible with all of the toys from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and Skylanders Giants; additionally, all of the characters' abilities, levels and customization will carry forward to Skylanders SWAP Force. Like the game's console version, the level cap for all characters has been raised from 15 to 20, enabling players to continue building the skills and experience of their favorite Skylanders.

 

¹ According to The NPD Group for April, May and June 2013

Lineup Includes Some of the Biggest Franchises in Entertainment — Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, Angry Birds™, SpongeBob SquarePants™ and Wipeout

 

Activision Publishing, Inc. continues to support the Wii U™ system with some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, including the highly anticipated Call of Duty®: Ghosts and the next game in the best-selling kids' franchise, Skylanders SWAP Force™, as well as Angry Birds Trilogy™, Angry Birds™ Star Wars®, SpongeBob SquarePants™: Plankton's Robotic Revenge and Wipeout™ Create & Crash.

 

"As we have said before, we're committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we're excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "The Call of Duty franchise continues to be one of the most powerful forces in gaming and Skylanders continues to enchant new fans around the world. Our studios have been hard at work creating brand new immersive experiences perfectly suited to the Wii U platform and our fall lineup has something for everyone."

 

Activision's Second-Half 2013 Wii U Slate Includes:

 

Call of Duty: Ghosts — Featuring an all-new world, story, characters and experiences, all powered by a new engine, Call of Duty: Ghosts is a stunning leap forward for the blockbuster franchise. For the first time in Call of Duty, gamers play as the underdog, fighting as part of a single squad against an enemy that has superior numbers and firepower. Call of Duty: Ghosts' genre-defining multiplayer delivers gameplay innovations throughout, including dynamic map events, character customization and other features yet-to-be-announced. The title includes Wii Remote and second-screen Wii U™ GamePad support and more. Call of Duty: Ghosts is scheduled for release on November 5, on Wii U and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

 

Skylanders SWAP Force — Activision's Skylanders SWAP Force continues to build upon the success of the award-winning franchise's signature gameplay and collectible toy experience with the introduction of an innovative feature — dynamic swapability. Kids and gamers will have unprecedented levels of choice in how they explore Skylands and battle KAOS by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys to transform 16 SWAP ForceTM characters into more than 250 unique combinations. Set in a richly detailed world of next generation visual fidelity, Skylanders SWAP Force takes kids on an all-new adventure with 32 never-before-seen heroic characters that each offer unique powers and personalities. The game also features new abilities — such as flying, climbing, and teleporting — which can be used in special areas of Skylands. Additionally, fans can play with their entire collection of 100+, forward-compatible toys from both Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and Skylanders Giants™. With Wii U, the GamePad allows fans to keep track of stats and view leaderboards, as well as fans' character collections and upgrades — right in their hands. Additionally, the game is fully playable on the GamePad so kids can enjoy the game when other family members commandeer the TV. Skylanders SWAP Force is set to release in North America on October 13, Australia on October 16 and Europe on October 18 and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

 

Angry Birds™ Trilogy - The game offers more than 100 hours of awesome Angry Birds action gameplay that spans the breadth of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio titles, as well as 40 hours of bonus levels previously not on disc. The game features animated cut scenes and interactive backgrounds — all tailor-made in 1080p HD graphics with surround sound support. The new Wii U GamePad swap capability lets players use the GamePad touch screen controls to fling their birds with accuracy as they climb the online leaderboards for the world's high scores. The game is scheduled for release on August 13, and is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB.

 

Angry Birds™ Star Wars® — Join the Angry Birds in a galaxy far, far away... where a group of desperate rebel birds face off against a galactic menace: the Empire's evil Pigtroopers! The game evolves the core game design and hilarious tone of previous entries in the series with new characters, challenges, and environments that pay homage to the iconic hallmarks of the Star Wars™ universe. This title adds twenty never-before-seen exclusive levels — on top of the already two-hundred from the original Angry Birds™ Star Wars® — and, for the first time ever, two new multiplayer modes. Play alongside your friend in cooperative mode to achieve a combined high score, or compete against family and friends (up to four players) in competitive mode. In addition, the game delivers online leaderboards, beautiful, high-definition graphics, and unlockable bonus levels, items and content. The game is scheduled to release on October 29, and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

 

SpongeBob SquarePants™: Plankton's Robotic Revenge — In this original story, Bikini Bottom's very own Sheldon J. Plankton and his new legion of evil robots have destroyed the Krusty Krab and stolen the safe that houses the famous Krabby Patty formula. Join SpongeBob and his friends to locate the hidden keys for the safe before the secret is lost forever! Blending platforming, action, and puzzle-solving, SpongeBob SquarePants™: Plankton's Robotic Revenge features references and humor from the hit Nickelodeon TV animated series, as well as the voices from the show's cast. Fans and gamers of all ages and skill levels can get together with co-op gameplay action, creating an experience that's fun for everyone. Players can choose between their favorite Bikini Bottom characters including SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, or Mr. Krabs as they scour the town hunting for hidden keys and collectibles. The game is expected to release this fall and is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older—Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.

 

Wipeout™ Create & Crash — Based on ABC's popular TV game show, the game gives players greater control as they test their agility, endurance and abilities. For the first time ever, players can design, play, and share their very own chaotic courses with the all new Course Creator. Choose from easy, medium or hard obstacles and try to beat your course, and then share the unique code with your friends and family! In addition, compete as either fan-favorite or all-new characters in over-the-top new courses like Prehistoric Panic and Wipeouts Ahoy with all new themed obstacles. You can also challenge your friends to reign supreme in side-by-side or team local multiplayer! The game is expected to be released this fall and is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older — Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.