This is big news...
Really big news...Super convenient news.
News that makes the exclusive Eruptor, Rattle Shake and Free Ranger perks of the 3DS Starter Pack even better!
Nintendo 3DS Owners and Skylander fans everywhere will appreciate this one:
At the Swap Force Booth one of the first things I learned was regarding Swap Force on the 3DS...
Archive Your Entire Collection
I saw Elemental Logos lining both the Left Hand and Right Hand sides of the touch screen (lower half). I assumed this was so we could have one Skylander of each element stored in the game, making our lives so much easier.
I was wrong...Pleasantly wrong.
The guy running the 3DS demo was super cool...He was just as into Skylanders as those of us who were brought out to attend E3 and check things out first hand! We had a lot of good conversation, but when I commented how cool it was we could have one of each element he calmly corrected me, "No, not just one...the entire collection!"
I thought he was joking, but soon realized by the proud smile he was serious. I asked "All of them?" And he said, "All of them." I think he was as excited to share the news with another 3DS gamer as I was to learn it...
The only real drawback and downside to the 3DS version was having to switch characters for the elemental bonus and each level etc. While it was cool to have the "oh, you need Magic and Earth for special areas in this level" I would much rather just enter the level, find the hidden area, and swap instantly to whatever element I need...Having the ability to pick from any character is just that much better...I'm still shocked by this one!
After recording, he did caution he wasn't 100% sure it applied to EVERYTHING, but I kept that in mind and asked 2 other VERY HIGH UP people and they confirmed what he said...If there are any issues (no Legendary or in-game variants showing up etc) they are unaware.
Swap Force Selectability: Your New Power Really Is Choice
Gotta say, once again I am very impressed. Activision and n-Space nailed it here. If you have all 16 Swap Force Characters you can simply cycle through the list of your collection and select combination 249 of 256 and jump back into the game...No portal, no fumbling around with halves of a character, just simple and user friendly touch screen selectability!
Same Length, Different Story
When I asked about the length and different story line I was told it would be roughly the same length as past 3DS entries and that the story line would once again be completely different from the console version.
I am looking forward to getting my hands on Swap Force 3DS...and I can not wait to register the collection to the game and go about truly enjoying the visuals and gameplay after equipping my 3DS for the ultimate journey!
It is 6 AM and I am beat...that said, just typing this out got me excited...I can't believe we get to archive our ENTIRE collection to the 3DS! It is going to be awesome! Thanks to Activision and n-Space for coming through with a great improvement!