According to a recent interview with Polygon, Activision originally wanted to partner with Nintendo for their Skylanders series. The games, which feature collectible toys that interact with the game world, could have been exclusive to Nintendo consoles, at least at first.
According to Toys For Bob (a Skylanders developer) co-founder Paul Reiche, Nintendo "spent a long time looking and looking. They were just like 'We have never seen anything like this before.' I've always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs]." In the end, Nintendo ended up passing on the offer, leading Skylanders to become a multiplatform game. Nintendo later tried a similar approach with Pokemon Rumble U, and Disney Infinity has risen to challenge the franchise, but Skylanders remains a top gaming franchise (especially for children).
Would you have liked to see Skylanders be Nintendo exclusive? Would you have been in favor of possible Skylanders toys based on Nintendo franchises? Sound off in the comments!