Skylanders released at the end of 2011, and it’s been wildly successful. Earlier this year, it was reported that the franchise has reached more than $1 billion in worldwide, retail sales. Whether you love or hate the concept, there’s no denying, from a commercial standpoint, it’s a brilliant idea. It was just a matter of time before other companies did something similar, and with the recent release of Disney Infinity, we’re seeing the beginning of that trend.
I’ve been thinking, “Which franchises would be a good fit for future figures games?” Here’s the franchises I’ve come up with so far. Parents, you may not want to read this. The existence of Disney Infinity is bad enough, right?
Pokémon: The Pokémon franchise includes over 650 species of the title characters. A figures game would give people a whole new way to “catch ‘em all”. Since the “catching” would take the form of buying the figures, I’m assuming the game would focus on training the characters(?) and having them battle so they can level up.
It’s worth noting that I’ve never played a Pokémon game before and know very little about the series.
All of Nintendo: We’ve already had a blast with the Nintendo characters coming together in the Smash Brothers games. Like Disney Infinity, I can picture a sandbox style game featuring Nintendo’s roster. And honestly, with Nintendo making it, I’m sure it would be a lot more fun to play. I wouldn’t consider Spyro to be a household name, but look how popular Skylanders is! Mario, on the other hand, IS a household name…
Hot Wheels: I haven’t bought a Hot Wheels car in years, and I’m not exactly sure how popular they are currently. There have been some Hot Wheels video games, but it looks like most of them have received poor reviews. Quality of the games aside, the integration of the toy cars would make the Hot Wheels brand a much more appealing video game franchise.
Plants vs. Zombies: Imagine how fun it would be to have a play set that you could use to interact with a Plants vs. Zombies game instead of a controller. A zombie enters the top row on screen; you place a pea shooter on the top row of your board and it appears on screen, where you placed it, and begins shooting the zombie. Sounds awesome, right?