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VGMM is Six Years Old

Today, November 13th 2011, is our sixth birthday. The database is also one year old today, and as of today, we have over 4200 items between the database and fakes database. That is amazing, and I owe it all to the dedicated individuals that make this site what it is.
While the site as a whole has come a long way since its inception back in 2005, the database itself has gone through several additions since its birth a year ago as well.
We started out pretty rudimentary, but since then, we have added many things. Here's a list of what has been added since we started.

  • Fakes Database
  • Search function
  • User-created tags
  • Added Video capability
  • Latest Uploads Block
  • User Uploads section on user pages
  • Each item has the ability to add to a user Want List
  • Each item also has the ability to add each item to a "My Collection" Page
  • User Badges
  • Private Messages between users on the database
  • Commenting
  • Related links on news and items in databases
  • Contribupoints
  • VGMM 2011 Contribupoints Contest
  • Security through CAPTCHA and other means
  • There's plenty on the docket for next year as well, including another contest, so stay tuned, and thanks for all of the support in the last six years!

    Metal Gear Rex barges onto the scene from ThreeA

    16.5 inches tall and sporting its famous rail gun, Metal Gear Rex from some stealth-based series you may know something about is coming from ThreeA. The articulated and illuminated figure will go on sale in January. No word on price, just drooling for now.

    via Tomopop

    Let Kirby hide your secrets with these plush pouches

    Designed to go around your neck and under your shirt, these Kirby plush pouches from SK Japan can hide the most important of your effects. There's even a slot for your ID on the back! With how busy Kirby has been lately, I'm surprised the merchandise scene hasn't been bursting at the seems, but perhaps we'll start seeing more based on the recent games next year.
    I've only seen these for sale at Yahoo Japan Auctions, and no stores seem to have them available. It could be an exclusive or limited sale in Japan.
    More pics after the break.

    Akuma and Cammy join the Play Arts Kai line

    Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai line are some of the most coveted in the world of video game memorabilia because of their super-detailed figures that don't sacrifice articulation for their accuracy. They are continuing the Street Fighter line, introducing Akuma and Cammy. I must admit that in certain positions Cammy's knees are a bit . . . unnerving, but how else is she going to get those kick positions in place? Still, who doesn't love bendable hair?
    Pre-orders have opened up all over the web, but be warned the price is pretty high.
    Hobby Search
    Hobby Link Japan Akuma
    Hobby Link Japan Cammy
    AmiAmi

    via Tomopop

    The first piece of Super Mario 3D Land merchandise is a real puzzler

    Ensky has, along with a lot of other gamers, been drooling over this image since it started circulating the internet. Ensky decided to immortalize part of the image in a 108-piece puzzle. Pity that the full image wasn't used, though. I suppose there is still time though, as on AmiAmi there is this disclaimer:

    All images may be test production shot prepared by their makers, and differ from finished products.

    December 11th is when it comes out in Japan.
    Pre=order at AmiAmi.

    Talking Portal 2 products are the new "it" gift for gamers this December

    This Mid-December, several official Portal 2 products are hitting ThinkGeek, and among them are two products that will likely sell like those hotcakes I've heard so much about.
    A plush Aperture Science Sentry Turret, complete with motion-sensing, lights, and several pertinent quotes from the game relating to how it's being interacted with.
    Specs from the product page after the jump. Only $29.99!

    Also, not to be outdone is Cave Johnson. He appears in a portrait that talks to you, sending you quotes from the distant past of 1947-1986. Also motion and touch activated, this framed portrait of Cave from his most virulent era, the 1970s, is a must-have among Portal fans. $39.99 is the asking price on this one.

    Cave Johnson Talking Portrait
    Aperture Science Sentry Turret Plush

    The Zelda 3DS 25 years in the making

    There will be a lot of used copies available of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D when this limited edition Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS hits the market on November 25th in Europe.
    I'm a little surprised that there isn't something on the inside besides the gold 3D slider to say it's a Zelda-themed handheld, but I suppose I shouldn't be complaining about anything . . . other than it isn't available worldwide!
    Hit the break for a closer look at the outer shell.

    Thanks Genome!

    Mario is darting to Japanese stores this week!

    This post may actually be more for haters of the Mario series, as now you can safely chuck things at his face. Balls that stick with Velcro to the dartboard, as well as "arrows" that do the same, mimic the fun had with actual, albeit much more potentially lethal, bar darts.

    Various Mario iconography can be spotted around the circular dart board, representing some the larger point section. Mario himself is the bullseye.

    So, if Mario just wasn't following your controller commands from the last round of gameplay, let him have it right in the face with this new product.

    You'll need a proxy service, but you can order from Amazon.co.jp.

    Jungle Speed gets a Rabbid makeover

    Anyone here played Jungle Speed? According to Board Game Geek:

    In Jungle Speed, you must rely on your keen sense of observation and quick reflexes. It requires a steady hand -- which can be hard to maintain during the many fits of maniacal laughter! The wooden Totem sits in the middle of the table, waiting for the player with the fastest reflexes to snatch it up and win the game.

    Each player is dealt a hand of cards. In order to win you must be the first player to get rid of all of your cards. Each turn, all of the players reveal one of their cards. If two cards are identical, those players must make a grab for the Totem. The faster player then gives their cards to their unfortunate adversary.

    To add to the difficulty, certain cards are almost identical, which can trick a hapless player into grabbing the Totem by mistake -- a grave error. Other cards force all players to make a grab at once, change the method of play, or otherwise add to the difficulty.

    This game will be invaded soon by the Rabbids, who have a nasty habit of invading all sorts of things. Several elements of the game will get Rabbids branding, and special items will be included.

    - collaboration between Asmodee Editions and Ubisoft
    - due out later this month
    - 80 cards in the game
    - Rabbids-themed cards
    - totem has a Rabbid print
    - travel bag has a pair of Rabbid ears sewn on
    - Rabbid figurine included in the box

    via GoNintendo via Geek News MTV

    Mega Man Merch for January

    More merch featuring the Blue Bomber from Capcom is coming in January, including a Proto Buster "glove" and several items from Mega Man Powered Up.

    New stuff:

    Proto Buster Plushie
    Mega Man Powered Up Desk Clock
    Mega Man Towel
    Bass Keychain
    Proto Man Keychain
    Guts Man Keychain
    Powered Up Magnet
    Mega Man Powered Up File Folder
    Powered Up Notebook

    Mega Man 10 iPhone 4 Case
    Mega Man X4 Wallscroll

    Available at at AAAAnime.com for retailers. Everyone else can find these at various shops that sell nerdy stuff, like Hot Topic and Spencer Gifts.

    EEERZ are the new thing in rabbids customization

    Ubisoft and Artoyz are releasing some new Rabbids figures, but they're not what you may think. Along the lines of their Dunnys and Munnys, this new line of designer toys are meant to be used creatively by artists who paint on their own wacky Rabbids faces.
    Also, there is a set of velvet versions releasing in a rainbow of colors. To see those, hit the break.

    You can get 'em here, but be prepared to spend some dough.

    via Tomopop

    Three new Mario Kart 7 3DS cases to show off your racing style



    Three new ways to protect your 3DS (and other Nintendo handhelds of similar shape), are coming to GamingZap.
    The first one shown is a hard case kit that protects the whole system and comes with a checkered flag microfiber cloth and room for games and extra styli.
    The second is an armor "shell", much like the Zelda ones released earlier, and comes with a kart-themed stylus and the same checkered flag microfiber cloth.
    The third is a pouch that comes with the Mario-in-kart stylus.

    Gamestop wants your money, throws in pins for your purchases


    EB Games in Canada (owned by Gamestop) is offering a two pin set when folks buy both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 brand new. The games release on separate days, so people will have to bring proof of purchase of the first game to get the pins when they release with the second game.

    via GoNintendo.

    The pins offered to Americans are more like buttons, and the set of six comes inside a sleeve with a Pokemon Rumble Blast purchase.

    via Kolma.info via GoNintendo.

    Mario Water Push Shampoos from Bandai and towels from Ensky bring play to cleanliness




    Mario shampoo is something of a tradition for each era of Mario games. Bandai steps it up a bit more each time by adding a push water game to the casing. Through the years, the game always seems to be the same, which has bathing players push a button which jets air into the "screen", pushing little balls up into little baskets. Get all of the balls in all the baskets and you win.
    Ensky brings some great designs to the hand towel market, bringing us two designs straight out of Super Mario Bros., and one more modern design with enemies.

    AmiAmi has them all for pre-order.

    Takara, Goichi, and Tenyo, and San-ei continue to bring the Mario accessories to the 3DS

    Does your 3DS seem bland. Do you like Mario? Well, these four companies have you covered in every imaginable way with these new 3DS accessories.
    Straps, stylus pens, decals, stickers, decoration films, and card cases will be available soon.

    For details on each, hit "Read More".

    Pre-order these at AmiAmi.

    Yet another Club Nintendo announcement leads to Limited Edition Mario-themed 3DS systems

    3,000 new Nintendo 3DS systems with three new designs (set at 1,000 each) will be given out as prizes for lucky Japanese folks who register two 3DS games between Oct. 1st and Jan. 15th. All those who enter will receive a code to play 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. Oh, to live in Japan.

    via adrianasang.com

    A calendar, a cushion, and some soundtracks revealed as Japan's Club Nintendo Platinum gifts

    A Mario 8-bit cushion, the standard yearly calendar, and a set of five soundtracks from popular first-party titles that have been recently released are all exciting additions to the Club Nintendo Japan yearly Platinum and Gold prizes. Some import shops, like NCSX, are able to get these in sometimes, but there's always YJA!
    I need that cushion . . . I mean look at this:


    Thanks djb1986!

    Club Nintendo Japan

    A fourth installment in the hardcover Zelda strategy guide series

    Prima Publishing's latest hardcover strategy guide will be released alongside the game for a cool $40 in November. Let's see what Gamestop has to say about it:

    - Explore Skyloft and beyond with our fully labeled maps of the game world and all dungeons.
    - Puzzles are more challenging than ever, but we help you solve them all with our detailed walkthroughs!
    - Equip yourself for adventure with our complete stats on the game's massive selection of items and rewards, plus a comprehensive guide to upgrading all your equipment.
    - Vanquish every fiendish new enemy and conquer every boss battle with our combat tactics.
    - Find every Heart Container and collectible with the help of our checklists!
    - Tips and strategies for all finding all secrets, mini games and special areas!
    - "Hardcover collector's edition includes bonus cloth map of the surface world!"

    The guide isn't an exclusive to Gamestop and will be sold at other retailers, but naturally they are the first to have it available for pre-order.

    via Gamestop.

    Epoch decides there is still not enough New Super Mario Bros Wii merchandise




    Epoch digs deep into its Super Mario World era to give us three new items with shiny New Super Mario Bros Wii paint jobs, and then provides a fourth totally new product. That's right, the slot machine, playset, and token game have all been done before in the Mario merchandise universe, but that Koopa Troopa hockey game is brand new, and very intriguing.
    Hit the jump for some more pics of these new products, and the older products that inspired them.
    Thanks Natendo for the heads up!

    via Inside-Games

    Capcom's swag wagon rolled out for NY Comic Con


    Over on Capcom-Unity they're teasing all of the non-attenders of the New York Comic Con by showing all of the things we'll have to buy off of ebay.
    Shirts, trophies, and even some actual comics are being given away for meeting certain requirements at their booth, which mainly include playing games against others well.
    For example, the bobble buds and trophy above are given out to Street Fighter X Tekken players and winners.