My hand is starting to hurt pretty bad tonight. I'm getting worried I'm becoming the next Sakurai! Let's hope some sleep will heal things up. See you in a few, short hours!
We learned a bit of very interesting information today from the guys at Toys for Bob. For those that don't know, that's the company that originally came up with the idea for Skylanders. Nowadays Skylanders is a billion-dollar business, with new toys out all the time and yearly installments in the franchise. We're less than 2 weeks away from the reveal of the next entry, but today brought us some truly surprising news. Turns out Activision wanted to pair up with Nintendo for the Skylanders brand.
Toys for Bob and Activision approached Nintendo very early on in the Skylanders development process to try and woo them into teaming up. Nintendo got unprecedented access to the project when ideas were just coming together. Activision and Toys for Bob thought that the Skylanders idea would be a perfect fit for Nintendo. They also believed that Nintendo's history in the industry would bring meaningful insight to move the franchise forward.
It does seem that Nintendo enjoyed the idea for Skylanders and thought it was quite original. That's where the relationship ended, though. Nintendo decided not to team up with Activision on the project, so Toys for Bob and Activision decided to go it alone. As they say, the rest is history. It's quite obvious that Activision did very well on their own with building up the brand into what it is today.
Nintendo obviously missed out on a ton of cash, but did they make the right decision? It's easy to say that Nintendo should have taken the deal in a time where Nintendo is hurting for cash. When you really look into the situation and break the aspects down, did Nintendo make the right decision? Leave a comment and let us know!