Skylanders Giants poised to prove ‘bigger is better’

In just a few short days Skylanders Giants, the sequel to the best-selling kids title in 2011 and best-selling game of 2012 year-to-date, will be released, introducing a new, giant adventure to fans everywhere.

Poised to prove that "bigger really is better", Skylanders Giants features 16 new characters, led by eight Giant Skylanders, who are twice the size of their comrades and have the powers and abilities to match.

"It's really gratifying that in less than a year, we've seen Skylanders go from being an intriguing untested new IP to becoming one of the hottest kids franchises in the world.  And it has been universally acclaimed by parents, kids and critics alike," said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "Skylanders is more than just a new piece of interactive entertainment, but a genuinely new kind of thinking in interactive entertainment."

"The response of the fans has been incredible, and the only way we can return the favor is with a sequel like Skylanders Giants," he added. "This game is all about big:  big creatures, big worlds, bigger ideas. We're very excited to see Skylanders Giants finally hit the shelves."

Joining the Giants are eight new Skylanders who also feature never-before-seen powers. Introduced in Skylanders Giants are the new LightCore Skylanders that glow when on or near the Portal of Power. The original characters from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure return with all-new "Wow Pow" upgrade powes as well as the choice of more than one upgrade path. All of the characters from the original game are 100% compatible with Skylanders Giants.

Additionally, Skylanders GIants will make its debut on the Wii U when Nintendo's new console launches on November 18, 2012. The Wii U version utilizes the system's motion and touchscreen controller. Meanwhile, the 3DS version will include a new adventure —exclusive to Nintendo's handheld — featuring Flynn, Hugo, Cali, and introduces the villainous Captain Frightbeard. Are you excited for the October 21, 2012 release of Skylanders Giants?

Skylanders Giants has received endorsements from Toys "R" Us Holiday Hot Toy List, the Toy Insider "Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays" and Time to Play's "Holiday 2012 Most Wanted List". It is set to release on October 21, 2012.