Through an article by Polygon on the history of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, it has emerged that Nintendo had the opportunity to partner with Activision on the first game in the successful Skylanders series. According to the co-founder of Toys for Bob, Paul Reiche, Nintendo spent a long time considering the game, before ultimately passing on it.
“We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”
Nintendo’s own Pokémon Rumble U is the closest that the developer has come to the toy-based video game genre, but it hasn’t embraced it in the same way as companies like Activision or Disney, which released Disney Infinity last year.
Reiche stated that, in his opinion, Nintendo could have done far better than Disney with the genre, and said that “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”
Skylanders recently became one of the 20 highest-selling game franchises and we found its latest iteration, Skylanders: Swap Force, to be rather good. In fact, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live, you recently may even have had the chance to pick up either a Skylanders or Mario toy at McDonalds.
What do you guys think? Did Nintendo miss out on a golden opportunity here?