During the publisher’s E3 Digital Event, Nintendo announced that it would be forming a partnership with Activision to bring iconic Nintendo characters like Bowser and Donkey Kong into the world of Skylanders.
Skylanders SuperChargers will be the fifth installment in the popular series, and will mix up the traditional on-foot combat with vehicle gameplay, as the developers didn’t want vehicles to be a simple tool that was only used to go from Point A to Point B. Activision has made the vehicles an integral experience in Skylanders SuperChargers while also adding exploration, combat and puzzle solving into all parts of the experience
For the first time at E3 2015, developer Vicarious Visions showed off Fiesta and his vehicle the Crypt crusher; the team has about twenty supercharger Skylanders this year ready to be released along with twenty land, sea, and sky based vehicles to go along with the characters. SuperChargers has been redesigned from the ground up for the new generation of consoles with new and improved gameplay highlighting the proceedings. It was also revealed that every single character figure from previous games will be able to be used in the new installment, making over three hundred playable characters available for use.
The vehicle gameplay will be locked down into specific sequences throughout the game, and the player will sadly not have the freedom to jump in and out of vehicles at will. A new implement in Skylanders SuperChargers will be the ability to mod your vehicles in a few main ways, and once you have finished modding it have saved the new vehicle, your saved vehicles will be able to used in other players’ games, so long as you have the appropriate figurines with you.
As far as we know, there are three major companies in the toys-to-life and that is Activision with their Skylanders series, Nintendo with amiibo, and finally Disney with Infinity (with LEGO: Dimensions joining the fray this Fall). They all work in the same manner: the toy is placed on a platform that reads their NFC chip and dumps them into the game, but this year Skylanders will be kicking it up a notch. Their new toys will not have bases on their bottoms, and the vehicles will be full-blown with working wheels that will slide along the floor, along with the sea based vehicles being able to spin their motors (manually of course).
This means that the new Bowser and Donkey Kong figures announced by Nintendo will be able to work in not only in Skylanders SuperChargers, but they will also have cross platform capability with Nintendo’s Amiibo platform. Unfortunately, players wont be able to purchase Bowser and Donkey Kong separately as the figures will be exclusively available in the upcoming Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for Nintendo consoles. The Nintendo characters will still have bases on the bottom of them, but you can easily twist the base to change the character from a Skylanders figure to a amiibo with ease.
Skylanders SuperChargers is currently slated for a September 20 release.