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2015 Skylanders SuperChargers: What You Need to Know

Just roughly a week after a social media post leaked its existence, Activision is confirming the 2015 Skylanders SuperChargers release that many expected it to.

The Skylanders franchise spawned what we now know as the toys-to-life category of games. Simply put, the toys-to-life category counts on players buying accessories that add new content and experiences to their games. Skylanders SuperChargers is the fifth major release in the franchise, with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, Skylanders Swapforce and Skylanders Trap Team all coming before it.

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Activision, the game’s developer needed to try something different with this year’s game to stay ahead of rivals like Nintendo Amiibo, Lego Dimensions and more. It seems to have succeeded.

Skylanders SuperChargers Brings New Characters & Vehicles

When it arrives on September 20th, Skylanders SuperChargers will bring something that hasn’t been seen in a single Skylanders game ever before: vehicles.

In the Skylanders SuperChargers trailer we see video of the first new SuperCharger riding his vehicle, called the Spitfire. The tires on the Spitfire glow with blue energy and a jet provides thrust out of the back end. The Spitfire picks up speed rolls along the roof of cave and quickly spits out the back. The whole point of adding vehicles to Skylanders formula seems to be pulling off tricks. The new reveal trailer actually opens with biker Travis Pastrana pulling off tricks. Throughout the one-minute and forty-five second commercial we see both the Spitfire and Pastrana doing even more flips and jumps.

There’ll be different types of SuperChargers for different modes of transportation: land, air and sea. Skylanders SuperChargers adds a total of 20 different vehicles.

The aforementioned profile breaks down the rest of what users can expect. Kaos, the enemy from past Skylanders games is back for the Skylanders SuperChargers release. He wants to use a new devastating weapon to wreak havoc on the Skylanders universe and it’s up to players to stop him. That’s what where the SuperChargers come in. They are a necessary new breed of creature, a symptom of the escalating conflict in Skylands, the in-game world in Skylanders.

Skylanders SuperChargers Will Be Backwards Compatible

Activision is being careful to keep backwards compatibility going. Each of the vehicles in SuperChargers will work with the 300 different figures already in the Skylanders universe. That being said, using the correct vehicle with the correct SuperCharger makes for an easier experience. SupcerChargers will also have exclusives that only they can use on their vehicle, according to Polygon.

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Activision is sticking with the arcade racing feel for the Skylanders SuperChargers release. It’ll be player’s job to simply avoid objects and make it to the end of any level involving their vehicle. There’s upgrades scattered through the levels and players can use those upgrades to improve on their vehicle and change the way it looks. There’s multiple ways to get around the different levels. Exploring more of the levels gets players more items.

To be clear, players won’t be able to do things like take a SuperCharger figure and use it in with an older Skylanders game.

Skylanders SuperChargers is Coming to Older Consoles Too

As we’re in the middle of a console transition, what many want to know is if they’ll need to purchase the Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U to play Skylanders SuperChargers. Version of the game are coming for the Xbox One, iPad, PS3, Wii U, PS4 and Xbox 360. The Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii are getting there own Skylanders companion experience, though it’s unclear what it’ll contain.

There are New Upgrade Options

The major appeal in the toys-to-life category are the collectibles. Gamers have responded well to the miniature toys, snapping up dozens of them to build out their own collection to display and add into their games. Skylanders SuperChargers takes those collectibles a bit further.

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Gamers who purchase the digital Portal Owners Pack for $49.99 will get digital versions of the Spitfire and Hot Streak figures. Each SuperCharger character will sell for $12.99. The vehicles, which are sold separately from the characters themselves, will cost $14.99. Players will need to place their physical character and their vehicles on their portal, just like Skylanders Swapforce.

A special Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack will cost $74.99 and include a Portal of Power, Hot Streak add-on, Spitfire add-on and Shot Stealth Elf add-on.

Activision plans to reveal more Skylanders SuperChargers release details at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3 2015, in just a few weeks time. Presumably, it’s at that time that the company will share more details about the other SuperCharger figures, provide more detailed video of the Skylanders SuperCharger experience. Video game retailer GameStop is already taking Sylanders SuperChargers pre-orders.

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15 Comments

  1. casemm01

    08/03/2015 at 12:55 am

    i noticed that the NFC Backup system – Maxlander can download play 300+ skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, GIANTS , Swap Force, TRAP TEAM characters and magic item, include rare/limited ones. here: http://www.maxlander.net , will it support skylanders superchargers ?

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  2. Alex Rubio

    10/04/2015 at 10:01 pm

    What about android?

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  3. Elisa

    11/19/2015 at 12:54 pm

    Ok, I’m a mom and don’t play this but my son does. Can you explain to me what they mean by Backwards Compatibility? Does that mean he will be able to use all the other game characters in this one too? Just special powers if it’s the vehicle with the superchargers guy right? He has from Giants to probably now this but is it worth it?

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  4. eveboy21

    11/30/2015 at 4:04 am

    Yes Elisa, you are able to use all of your old figures in this game, so yes, it is worth to buy. I did so :)

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  5. eveboy21

    11/30/2015 at 4:13 am

    All 300+ Action Figures Work in the Game
    Holding true to the extensive backwards compatibility with the other games in the series, all 300-plus characters released from Spyro’s Adventure up to Trap Team can be played in SuperChargers. Any character can ride in any vehicle; even the lumbering Giants are capable of squeezing into a tiny sub. Vicarious Visions went through and added new vehicle-based animations for all of the characters.

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  6. Chris Shupe

    11/30/2015 at 5:40 am

    All my son’s former Skylanders portals and characters are on the Playstation 4 and now he has a Wii U. Will all his characters he had for the Playstation work on his new Wii U portal while playing on the Wii U?

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  7. Britney

    12/18/2015 at 3:01 pm

    I bought the Skylanders starter pack for Xbox 360 and found out that my sister ended up getting my nephew the PS4 instead. Can I just buy the PS4 disk and can be still use the figures from the Xbox 360 pack for his PS4?

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  8. Larri

    12/25/2015 at 5:49 am

    Will Skylander Superchargers work on Wii Mini. I get a message saying. “Unable to read disc”. I’ve looked online and it says it is compatible.

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  9. Shadi

    12/26/2015 at 1:55 pm

    how do you save your game? It keeps starting at the beginning each time my son plays.

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  10. Eddie

    12/27/2015 at 3:10 pm

    Yes all 300+ figures are interchangeable between systems

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  11. Shannon

    12/28/2015 at 6:12 am

    I also would like to know how to save the game, nowhere does it show this information. Thx

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  12. nic

    03/06/2016 at 9:51 pm

    Can you use the new skylander supercharger characters on the swap force game

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  13. Michelle Schindler

    03/18/2016 at 5:49 am

    For Xbox one console. I bought the skylander superchargers starter pack. I was wondering if the portal for that would work with other skylander games like trap team or swap force.

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  14. Seweryn

    04/10/2016 at 9:02 am

    Wy how do you turn The portal on iPad

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  15. Kelly

    06/06/2016 at 1:13 pm

    My son has been trying to use the supercharger characters on his game but it won’t pick them up. It picks up older characters. Why would this be. We place the vehicle on it says add character, he does, it shows the name of the character but won’t load into the vehicle to start the game.

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