skylanders: imaginators

Buy 1 Get 4 Free Skylanders, Disney Infinity Figures at Toys ‘R’ Us

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More than just rumors are surrounding the poor financial state of venerable toy store Toys ‘R’ Us. That’s sad news, but if you’re a Skylanders and/or Disney Infinity toy collector, you can take advantage of a ridiculously generous Buy 1 Get 4 Free sale running this week. The sale starts today and runs until Saturday, September 23.

Buy 1 Get 4 Free Skylanders

Buy 1 Get 4 Free Disney Infinity

Note that Toys ‘R’ Us has limited stock; toys are selling out even as a I type this news post up.

The Skylanders sale specifically excludes the latest Imaginators figures, but includes all previous generations. Most Skylanders figures are slightly discounted to $9.99. Adventure packs and Racing packs are not discounted, but are part of the Buy 1 Get 4 Free sale.

Disney Infinity sale prices vary, and stock is very limited. Many are heavily discounted to $4.99. Disney Infinity was officially discontinued last year, with online servers finally shutting down earlier this year.

Activision announced no new main Skylanders game would be released this year, causing heavy speculation over the series’ future. The latest release, 2016 Skylanders: Imaginators, was well-received (read our review). Waves of Imaginator figures have trickled in throughout the year. The final adventure pack with Ro-Bow is only just now releasing to retail stores.

Digital card game Skylanders Battlecast was also recently shut down earlier this month.

In more positive toys-to-life news, the second season of animated series Skylanders Academy is coming in October on Netflix. You can watch the new season two trailer here. Skylanders Academy has already been renewed for a third season.

 

kirby: planet robobot

Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with 25% Off Sale

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It’s been 25 years since the insatiable pink puffball called Kirby starred in his debut title, Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy. Nintendo is celebrating Kirby’s 25th anniversary with a 25% off digital sale on Kirby titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The sale ends at 9am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on August 8.

Thanks to the Virtual Console you can play all the original Kirby games, including the monochrome Kirby’s Dream Land via Nintendo 3DS. The sale includes titles from the early 90s Game Boy era up to last year’s Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS.

Here are the full list of games and their sale prices on the Kirby sale. All games are 25% off.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Kirby: Planet Robot $29.99
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe $14.99
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure $5.24
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $2.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 $2.99

Wii U

  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land $14.99
  • Kirby’s Adventure $3.74
  • Kirby Super Star $5.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $5.99
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror $5.24
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards $7.49
  • Kirby Squeak Squad $7.49

During this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled a trailer for an upcoming, untitled Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. It looks like a more traditional Kirby platformer than hand-held recent entries. No release date other than 2018 was given.

Despite it being Kirby’s 25th anniversary, it’s been a quiet year for the pink hero. Only two Kirby games have released, both stand-along spin-offs from mini-games found in Planet Robobot. A third spin-off Kirby game is yet untitled but supposed to release later this winter.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Sale ends August 8.

 

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E3 2017 Conference Schedule

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E3 2017 officially starts Tuesday, June 13. As in previous years all the major publishers will be presenting press conferences and media showcases in the days leading up to the biggest video game event of the world.

For this year’s E3 we’re expecting news on: Super Mario Odyssey, XCOM 2 expansion, Star Wars Battlefront II, Far Cry 5, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, new Bethesda announcements, Project Scorpio, and most of the games Sony showed last year that have yet to come out.

Here is the full schedule of conferences and links to where you can watch them.

Note that once again Nintendo will be presenting a pre-recorded Nintendo Spotlight in lieu of a live conference. It will be followed by Nintendo Treehouse live streaming.

Saturday, June 10

Electronic Arts 12 PM Pacific/3 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

 

Sunday, June 11

Microsoft 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Bethesda 9 PM Pacific/12 AM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

Devolver Digital 10 PM Pacific/1 AM Eastern, via Twitch

 

Monday, June 12

PC Gaming Show 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern, via Twitch, Facebook, Steam

Ubisoft 1 PM Pacific/4 PM Eastern, via Twitch

Sony 6 PM Pacific/9 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook

 

Tuesday, June 13

Nintendo 9 AM Pacific/12 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

 

LEGO Dimensions Adds Teen Titans Go, Powerpuff Girls, Beetlejuice

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Disney Infinity closed its doors last year and Skylanders won’t be putting out a new title this year for the first time since 2011. But LEGO Dimensions is still going strong.

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced five new expansion packs for their toys-to-life title that incorporates actual LEGO figures. The new sets are aimed at the Cartoon Network crowd, adding Teen Titans Go!, The Powerpuff Girls, and Beetlejuice. The Team Packs and smaller Fun Packs will arrive on September 12, closing out the second season of LEGO Dimensions releases.

The Teen Titans Go! Team Pack includes four figures: the Raven and Beast Boy minifigures, as well as the Teen Titans T-Car and Spellbook of Azarath. The T-Car is a 3-in-1 vehicle that can change into the Forklift and T-Plane. The Spellbook can be transformed into Raven Wings and a Giant Hand to provide flying and digging powers.

The Teen Titans Go! Fun Pack includes two figures: Starfire minifigure and Titan Robot. Like the T-Car the robot can be changed into the T-Rocket and Robot Retreiver. Both packs provide access to the Teen Titans Go! Adventure World in Jump City. This new area features worlds from the Teen Titans Go! cartoon, including Titans Tower and Wacka Doodles Amusement Park.

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The Powerpuff Girls have also been divided into a Team Pack and a Fun Pack. The Team Pack includes two of the girls, Blossom and Bubbles, as well as the PPG Smartphone and Octi figures. The PPG Smartphone can change into the PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net. Octi can be rebuilt into the Super Skunk or Sonic Squid.

To complete the Powerpuff trifecta you’ll need to purchase the Fun Pack. The Powerpuff Girls Fun Pack includes the Buttercup minifigure and the 3-in-1 Mega Blast Bot. The Bot can turn into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar to add new combat moves.

lego dimensions

Both packs open up the Powerpuff Girls Adventure World. Explore locations like Rainbow Land, and Pokey Oaks Elementary, as well as the Battle Arena.

Beetlejuice only gets a Fun Pack, which adds the goofy ghoul minifigure as well as a rather nasty looking Sandworm. The Sandworm can turn into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider. Beetlejuice also opens up a new Adventure World and Battle Arena.

lego dimensions

LEGO Dimensions is available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

 

Nintendo Details Master Trials DLC for Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The first DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is called The Master Trials, and it’s launching this Summer. Nintendo has provided a detailed breakdown of what all is included in the DLC.

Trial of the Sword is the new name for what was previously called “Cave of Trials.” It’s a special location where Link starts without any armor and weapons, and must defeat enemies room-to-room like a Survival/Horde mode. The Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms. Upon completion the Master Sword will receive an upgrade – permanent powered-up mode!

Hard Mode should be self-explanatory. Breath of the Wild is already one of the most challenging Zelda games ever designed. But for those looking for additional challenge, here’s your Hard Mode. All enemies receive a rank upgrade (red bokoblins to blue) and regenerate health, forcing you to defeat them quickly. Sneaking up on enemies will also be more difficult. Finally, floating planks will appear around Hyrule. If you can reach them, you can battle additional enemies and collect treasure.

The Hero’s Path Mode will augment your map, showing every step you’ve taken in the world. The new green-colored route on your map will track up to 200 hours of play time. It even works retroactively. This should help in remembering where you’ve been, and where you still need to go to find all the shrines.

A new treasure chest in the world will contain the Travel Medallion. This unique item allows Link to create a new fast-travel point anywhere in the world. You can only register one travel point at a time.

A new Korok Mask helmet will act like the Shrine Sensor for Korok Seeds. When equipped the mask will shake, indicating a nearby Korok.

Finally, the DLC adds eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous Zelda games, such as Majora’s Mask.

The Master Trials DLC is not being sold separately. You’ll need to purchase the Season Pass for $19.99. The Season Pass will also include the second DLC, which is due out this Holiday. Details about what’s included in that DLC are still forthcoming. No specific date other than Summer has been announced for the Master Trials DLC.