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4.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know..., 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
My kids got the Skylanders game for the Wii and loved it. Like many others I searched for new Skylanders to add to their collection, but with so many shops sold out I looked to the 3DS starter pack as an option for getting some more Skylanders as well as getting a new game, which I was told has different levels than the Wii version.

Now, the levels are different, so is the whole concept of the game and the actions of the characters. In the 3DS version the characters can jump, which is not available in the Wii version. This, for me, is a great plus as is adds a lot to the game play. You don't collect money like in the Wii version, and you can't swap characters in the same manner you can in the Wii version, this unfortunately is a real negative in the game and restricts game play.

The concept behind the Skylanders figures is that they are compatible with all systems (3DS, Wii, xbox, Playstation) so I thought that if I upgraded the characters in the Wii, they would have upgrades in the 3DS. Not so. Also as you don't collect money on the Wii version, you can't transfer money between the consoles. Another down side, but it just makes you work harder and give you more of a challenge.

Portal of Power. The 3DS version comes with a battery powered portal which connects to the 3DS using infrared. This connectivity is only required when changing characters, so no need to have it connected all the time which is great. It also comes with a USB cable to allow you to connect your Skylanders to your PC for online play. Now, I read you can connect the portal to the Wii, which was another reason I wanted to buy the 3DS version. The Wii portal runs out of batteries and disconnects constantly! Costing a fortune in new batteries and frustrating the kids. You can connect the 3DS portal to the Wii (perhaps PS & xbox too) using the USB lead. This then doesn't require any batteries! Great! It is smaller, but you can still use two Skylanders on it at the same time.

The 3DS game is a great game in itself and a must for any Skylanders fan who would like to play the game on the go, although you do have to tag long the portal and figures. The figures you get with the game are great! Okay, Dark Spyro is identical to the regular Spyro so if you have both its not too interesting but it is rare.

I would recommend this game to a Skylanders fan, but they should be aware of the limitations with moving between console versions.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 01:36:36 GMT
r says:
very useful info thankyou because i have the wii version and am thinking of getting the 3ds version too. can i ask does the 3ds portal need batteries, if so how many? also can 2 people play with one game because we have 2 x 3ds consoles and both my kids want to play but i'm not sure if its for 1 or 2 players.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 12:34:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 12:36:07 GMT
S. Blyth says:
The portal takes 3 AAA batteries, but if it is connected by USB it doesn't need any. Although, to connect to the 3DS it needs infra red, which does require batteries. Hope this makes sense?

The game is a one player I think, not sure there is any way to connect with two players, but I could be wrong. Also, I believe there is a Skylanders Giants 3ds game, which I don't have. This may be different.

My kids haven't played the 3DS version much as it misses a lot of the magic from the original and doesn't feature the same coin collections and upgrades which the console versions have.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 16:48:54 GMT
r says:
thankyou very much for the helpful info, think i will not be buying the 3ds version because its for 1 player and my kids will be fighting over it all the time so better just play the wii version. thanks anyway!!
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