SKYLANDERS SPYRO’S ADVENTURE(tm) SWEEPS: PIONEERING FRANCHISE IS 2012′S #1 BEST-SELLING CONSOLE AND HANDHELD GAME WORLDWIDE

SKYLANDERS SPYRO’S ADVENTURE™ SWEEPS: PIONEERING FRANCHISE IS 2012’S #1 BEST-SELLING CONSOLE AND HANDHELD GAME WORLDWIDE

 

Chart-Topping Performance Sets The Stage For E3 Debut Of Eagerly

Anticipated Sequel Skylanders Giants™

 

Santa Monica, CA – June 1, 2012 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), is pleased to announce that Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure™, which launched to great acclaim and record-setting sales in October 2011, was the #1 best-selling console and handheld video game title between January and April 30, 2012 worldwide based on revenue inclusive of toys and accessories, according to The NPD Group, GfK, Charttrack and Activision internal estimates.

 

“This achievement is incredibly gratifying, and quite an honor for everyone at Activision and our team at Toys for Bob,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “It was a simple idea really—bridging the gap between real and virtual play—but one that required tremendous creativity to execute and communicate to our audience. It spawned a new category and a new platform for play in an overwhelmingly challenging marketplace. We couldn’t be happier that there is an ever-growing universe of Portal Masters out there.”

 

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure combines unique and collectible “toys with brains” with an epic digital fantasy world, creating an unprecedented medium for cross-platform, communal play. Physical toys spring to virtual life by placing them on them the Portal of Power peripheral included with every starter pack. This novel concept was universally acclaimed after its launch, becoming the #1 best-selling kid’s video game title worldwide in 2011 based on revenue inclusive of toys and accessories and the best-performing new children’s video game IP in North America in overall single-year revenue, inclusive of software and accessories since NPD began tracking the category in 1998. Since claiming the top overall sales spot for 2012, the game has eclipsed the usual constraints of genre and demographics—no longer a daring experiment, Skylanders is now an unqualified monster hit.

 

In addition to its perch atop the international sales charts, the Skylanders franchise has soared to mobile and the web. The console sequel, Skylanders Giants™, will enjoy its Electronic Entertainment Expo coming-out party this June 5-7th and is swiftly becoming one of this fall’s most hotly anticipated titles. Giants will introduce more than 20 new figures and a raft of technological and gameplay innovations that create even more opportunities for collaborative and competitive play. The sequel to the best-selling video game title of 2012 launches this October.

 

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is developed by Toys For Bob, an Activision studio located in Novato, California.  For more information, please visit www.skylanders.com.  Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is rated E10+ by the ESRB; Skylanders Giants is not yet rated.

 

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

 

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

About the author:

Jeremy’s love of gaming, especially Nintendo started in the late 80′s when his parents bought him and his older brother an NES. Many hours were spent playing Mario and Duck Hunt. Eventually Jeremy graduated to bigger and better games and systems, like the SNES, GC, Wii, 3DS, and finally to the Wii U. Ask him what the defining moment of his childhood gaming was and he’ll answer, “the day I beat Zelda 2.” To this day that game holds a special place in his heart. His favorite types of games are platformers.

Jeremy started blogging for NintendoFuse in October 2010. He started off as a lurker on the forums who won a free copy of And Yet It Moves on WiiWare. From there he realized he liked the forums and the site and wanted to remain a part of it. He was brought on board shortly thereafter and has helped post news and reviews for the past couple of years. Currently Jeremy has taken a step back to focus on family and school. He assists in minor back-end site maintenance from time to time.

Jeremy – who has written posts on NintendoFuse.


  • Brian Hanifin

    That’s not a surprise. It is a really fun and addicting game. And of course my 5 year old son loves playing it.

    • http://www.wiinintendo.net Jeremy Hardin

      Yeah, my 4 year old son enjoys it on the 3DS.  No surprise, so do I.  Then again, they did send me a review copy so I appreciate free things =D!

  • skylandsmaster

    I got all of them.