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New Super Mario Bros. 2 receive some golden pre-order bonuses

If you're looking for real gold, you should go elsewhere (or play the game), but both Gamestop (USA)and GAME (UK) have announced pre-order bonuses for reserving the game. Gamestop has posted official art of Gold Flower Mario, saying that a pin will resemble that art. GAME will have a necklace featuring a gold coin case that replicates the in-game coins. It doesn't really give a size reference to show what you can store in the case, but my guess is it's 3DS cartridge size.

via Gametrailers

Club Nintendo USA reveals its Platinum and Gold prizes

Gold and Platinum prizes are posters and playing cards this year.
Set of three new posters featuring promotional art from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kid Icarus: Uprising
Set of Mario-themed playing cards

Poster featuring artwork of Wii U launch software like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U

Another calendar was released as well, and you can choose from several digitally distributed games as well, including The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask

via GoNintendo

Super Mario 3D Land gets a stationary set

The third set of Mario stationary features scenes and art from Super Mario 3D Land, and includes some of the same item types as the previous sets from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Two pens, two pads of paper, stamps, and character erasers. This set also contains what appears to be a marker and a 1up hole puncher. If anyone can confirm that, comment here.

Worms 2 Armageddon Diorama Statue from First4Figures

The first of the statues created from First4Figures' new license, Worms, is available for purchase now at the F4F website. It perfectly captures the feel of the series' comic violence, with two signature worms battling it out with large guns (Uzi and Shotgun). Did you notice the grenade as well? Team17 will be proud, I suspect. The diorama will retail at $220 and is slated for an early 2013 release. 425 pieces worldwide as well, making it one of the most exclusive statues that F4F has produced.

via First4Figures

Mario Air Hockey table and Reverse 10

An air hockey set already exists and came out late last year, but a new set with a table top rink is slated for release in mid-September, along with a multi-board game set featuring Mario characters.
Someone at Epoch is stuck on hockey, but it is also nice to see them release another board game set. One was released back in the Super Mario World era, but wasn't nearly as cool as this.

Thanks Genome!

Air Hockey
Reverse 10

Club Nintendo Japan goes Kirby crazy, and more cards

A cushion, a pin set chronicling all the games, a plush pouch, and a set of circular playing cards mark the 20th anniversary of the pink puffball. I can't understand it, really. Sure, everyone loves Kirby, but if this level of stuff was released for Zelda's 25th fans would have been passing out. And don't get me started on Mario's 25th or even Metroid's! Oh well. We should be happy with what we do get, and this is great for Kirby fans. The pins are an especially nice item.
Unfortunately, these aren't just redeemable items, they're raffle items for registering Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Return to Dreamland, Kirby's Dream Collection. Register them, and be placed in a CHANCE to win them, meaning they will be very expensive on auction sites.

Closer pics after the break.

Oh yeah, and there are also some Kirby cards coming out for retail. it the jump for pics. AmiAmi has them up for 810yen each.

Club Nintendo Japan

Red Rooster doing a fast food toy promotion with Sonic the Hedgehog

I love it when game promotions involve outdoor toys or activity-driven objects like frisbees and balls, especially when coming out of a fast food establishment. It essentially contradicts what video games try to get kids to do, but I suppose they have to offset that "couch potato" mentality somehow. The Red Rooster promotion for Sonic the Hedgehog has several little cups, a memory card game, a pencil case, a bouncy ball, and a "expandable flyer". By the way, Red Rooster is native to Australia, so if you don't live there and want this stuff, you might try enlisting one of our Aussie forum members to import it.

Red Rooster

Ni No Kuni gets a Collector's Edition

I know you're all looking at the Drippy plush in the photo. Your little lantern-nosed companion is just one of the great items in this "Wizard's Edition" of the No Ni Kuni collector set. There is also the customary DLC and the game, and a 300 page spell book that houses art and strategies for the game.
Coming January 22nd for $100.

via Kotaku

Hey Ezio! Watch where you point that thing! (Assassin's Creed Gauntlet)

This "role-playing" hidden blade gauntlet from NECA, worn by Ezio Auditore of Assassin's Creed fame, may raise some eyebrows in the concealed weapon department. These will be sold exclusively for $40 at Gamestop in the US, but is much less exclusive internationally (damn you Gamestop), and will release alongside Assassin's Creed III on October 30th this year. Add them to the already impressive line of official AC cosplay items available from NECA.

via NECA

Are you still there? Oh! There you are! Gamingheads announces the Aperture Science Turret

A statue. With lights. And sounds. And motion sensors. This is as close to a real Aperture Science Turret as money can buy. The regular version lacks the sound, but the light turns on when something moves in front of it. The exclusive version plays five different turret sound bytes from the games. There are 750 of the regular ($299), and 350 of the exclusive ($325) worldwide. Both are coming Q4 2012.
Don't forget the coupon code

Thanks silvernite8!

San-ei knows it's Kirby's birthday soon

Nintendo is releasing a 20th anniversary Kirby collection on Wii, and San-ei wants a piece of that pie. Hitting stores next month is a bevy of Kirby-themed storage items. There is one cushion in there though. Maybe it has a hidden pocket to store more stuff?

via tikisaurus

Rockman "Rockcan" soundtrack is the first item in the Mega Man 25th Anniversary celebration

A ten disc soundtrack collection housing music from the classic Mega Man series is currently available for pre-order on Japan's Capcom store, e-Capcom. This is the first item to be released in commemoration of the 25th anniversary. Apparently it only contains the classic games and the complete works Playstation variations, but the E-tank design and a booklet may make up for it.

via Rockman Corner via e-Capcom

Multiverse brings the Mega Man love

Multiverse, creators of the Bobble Bud, have branched out their Capcom line to include our beloved Blue Bomber, and some of his friends . . . er . . . foes? Proto Man will be available at the SOTA toys booth at SDCC before retailers get them, but luckily he is not an exclusive to the show. Mega Man is just too cute for words in this set. Elec Man and Guts Man also join the motley crew, and both look great in this style.

Hit the jump for bigger pics.

via Tomopop

NECA roundup

First off, he Theron Elite, or Onyx Theron, action figure will be a San Francisco Comic Con exclusive, along with Auditore in Eagle Vision from Assassin's Creed. Next, a Brute Splicer from Bioshock 2 will only be available at Toys R Us. Also, Series 3 of the Gears of War action figure line is receiving four new figures that will be available in July. Marcus Fenix, a COG soldier, and two versions of the Savage Theron. Oh yeah, and then there's some dude named Gordon Freeman from some game with Head Crabs and crowbars. He might sell pretty well. He's coming in September. Thanks Mainman!

SDCC exclusive Theron
Brute Splicer
GoW Series 3

The final set of Furuta choco egg figures completes the Koopalings set

It's been a long ride, and the final set of New Super Mario Bros. Wii choco egg figures from Furuta have finally been announced. Ludwig Von Koopa and Morton Koopa Jr. join Penguin Toads, Propeller Luigi, a very regular-looking Mario, Starman, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, and a Cooligan. There is also another secret figure, which tends to be Mario, but what pose could he be in? We'll find out soon! Due out August or September this year.

Suntory presents Dragon Quest X Monster Figure Collection

A set of 16 monster figures from Dragon Quest X will be appearing on top of Pepsi Nex Zero drinks in Japan. Suntory is known for these promotions. You may remember their Mario promotion which was much larger.

via TinyCartridge via Suntory

A second set of Mario coin banks on the way

Last year, a very unique set of Mario merchandise came out and I totally geeked out about it. Media Factory must have had plenty of success, because a new set with a more retro feel has appeared, and will be shipping this August! As before, the set will have nine boxes to a case, but it does not appear that there will be a secret this time. Six styles representing every type of block in Mario's first adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom will complete the set, retro sounds included.

via Otacute

Thanks Genome!

See Figma Link in Color

Wow. I don't really even need to write anything else. More pics and discussion here.

Persona merchandising kicks into full gear

Persona 4 is causing quite a stir. The Kuma figure set has nine fixed pose figures and an undisclosed secret figure. Cases of twelve start shipping in September. The magnet set has nine figures from the popular game and those come out in August this year. Pre-order both at NCSX.

Kumakore set