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E3 2014: Companies Expand on Genre That Allows Kids to Transfer Toys Into Games

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In part one of this week's five-part series recapping the E3 video game convention, NY1's Adam Balkin kicks things off with the hot new genre of games for kids.

For the last few years, they've served as something of a bridge between the real world and the virtual one, those games that let you pop a toy on a portal of some sort in order to transfer that toy's character into the game.

Disney's "Infinity" has been one of the big ones in this space and has, until now, been all about Disney characters. "Infinity 2.0," though, allows a whole host of Marvel characters to mingle in as well.

"With the Avengers play set, you're going to be able to play as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and then finally, Hawkeye," says Mathew Solie, producer of Disney Infinity. "And then in the Spider-Man play set, you're going to be able to play as Spidey, Venom, Nick Fury, Iron Fist and Nova.

"Skylanders" pretty much started the whole genre, and in its next version, "Trap Team," it's taking a bit of a different twist. Not only will you be able to put guys into the game but you'll also be able to pull them out and then put them back in. There's a new toy for doing just that: Traptanium Crystals, which fit into a new Traptanium portal.

"We're letting you go into Skylands, find a bad guy and defeat him, and then actually pull him out of Skylands and into our world and inside this new kind of toy, a trap, that you insert into our cool new Traptanium portal," says Paul Reiche of Toys for Bob. "And then once you've got the bad guy in the crystal, he becomes a good guy, and he's under your control."

Nintendo is also getting in on the action, unveiling Amiibo toys of classic Nintendo characters that you'll put onto the WiiU GamePad in order to throw them into your game.

"We're going to initially release 10 different Amiibo figures, and you can use this across different games," says David Young of Nintendo. "So it's not just one figure for one game. It's one figure for several different Nintendo games, which is going to be great."

Amiibos are due out this holiday season and Nintendo says they'll also eventually work, the same way, with it’s portable Nintendo 3DS.

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