Bakugan, Toy of the Year winner and popular animated television show will debut on consoles and handheld in the fall of this year.‚ The toy and card game has been a smash hit with kids everywhere and Activision looks to extend Bakugan’s successes to the video game front.
Nelvana Enterprises and Activision today announced an agreement to develop and distribute the game, and given the current economic state, Activision must see some real potential in the undertaking.
Slated for a fall release, the Bakugan video game will debut on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, DS and Wii.‚ Veteran Japanese game development studio NOW Productions, famous for their contributions to such titles as Dance Dance Revolution and Little League World Series 2008, will handle the development of the games.
David Oxford of Activision Publishing says: “Bakugan’s success in 2008 speaks for itself and we’re confident it will be even bigger in 2009, it is our goal to expand this proven property in a way that both fans and gamers will love.”
Labeled as the “toy craze of holiday 2008,” Bakugan tells the story of Dan and his friends as they battle their Bakugan Brawlers to save the planet of Vestroia and, ultimately, Earth from destruction.
The toy and card game, developed by Spin Master Ltd brings action to the popular genre of collectible trading card games with marble-like Bakugan spheres that transform into “battle brawling” action figures when rolled onto special game cards.‚ It is truly a sight to be seen, the game-play is unique and varied, and collecting the cards and figures reminds me of my Pokemon days.
NOW Productions has promised intense battles, the ability to create your own unique Brawler, cartoon quality graphics and the ever important multi-player aspect in the video game.
Game announcements are always exciting, especially so when the IP is an exploding cultural phenomenon so many have grown close to.‚ And when Activision signs on with their high hopes and fat wallet, things usually work out quite alright.