National Video Games Examiner Patrick Hickey Jr. chats with Cat Daddy Games’ Harley Howe, who discusses the inspiration and creation process behind the new SuperToken option for WWE SuperCard.
About WWE SuperTokens:
Available exclusively at GameStop retail locations throughout the United States beginning Monday, March 21, WWE SuperToken delivers an impressive lineup of WWE talent through 10 collectible tokens, including WWE Superstars John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, as well as WWE Diva Paige. Each collectible token grants three cards of different rarities in WWE SuperCard, as well as sharing opportunities. In addition, each token will have a unique distribution quantity, making some offerings rarer in nature than others.
Patrick Hickey Jr.: What was the inspiration for WWE SuperToken?
Harley Howe: Current fans, and hey, maybe new fans! One of the coolest things about making WWE SuperCard is its fanbase and just how passionate they are. They’re always in contact with us, giving us their ideas about what they want to see or do next in the game. One theme we’ve been noticing that comes up often is sharing. Fans want a way to beam their cards to others — whether that’s to show off their cards are or to get someone else into the game. SuperTokens are a way to do both.
Get a Token, pop it in, and receive an Ultra Rare card featuring the Token’s likeness, as well as two rare cards. Then, you can pass that Token to up to three friends and they will all receive a Super Rare card featuring the likeness of the Token. And, hey, now you’re rocking a collectible that shows off what you’ve got in your deck, too.
Hickey Jr.: What was the development process for this like? Was it difficult to add this functionality to the game?
Howe: We try to stay on top of any cool new tech coming our way. There’s a new thing out that’s called “Near Field Communication Technology.” It allows you to activate things on your phone by just putting something in its proximity. On your Android device, you’ll be able to place a SuperToken next to it and it’ll automatically get you a card in the Token’s likeness in the game. There’s also a QR code packaged with SuperTokens that you can use with your iPhone or iPad. All-in-all, it’s some pretty neat stuff that you kinda need to see to believe.
Hickey Jr.: How does the Cat Daddy team feel now that this project is finished?
Howe: Pretty good! We’re looking forward to fans being able to pick these up at GameStop stores nationwide on March 21.
Hickey Jr.: Which one is your favorite? Why?
Howe: They’re all great. I personally like the Brock Lesnar card. The image does a great job of capturing his energy — and it’s pretty powerful to boot.
Hickey Jr.: How do you want WWE SuperTokens to change WWE SuperCard?
Howe: I’d say it changes up the dynamic. Before, WWE SuperCard was purely digital. SuperTokens opens up the game to a whole new audience. We want to see the guy or gal that’s like “Oh, hey, Paige is great — I should check out this game and battle with this card” come into the game and start competing. Adding new players always energizes the game. And now you’ve got this new layer of collectability to explore.
Hickey Jr.: What’s next?
Howe: We’re still focused on delivering a great experience for SuperTokens, but you know, we might have a thing or two in the oven since it’s WrestleMania time and all.
Hickey Jr.: Anything else you’d like to add?
Howe: Shameless plug time! WWE SuperTokens will be available in GameStop stores nationwide starting on March 21. Check them out!