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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.

Batman Arkham City figures at the NY Comic Con

Killer Croc. Mr. Freeze. Titan Joker. Penguin. Riddler. Man, I love the Batman villains, and here they are in their Arkham Asylum/Arkham City designs at the New York Comic Con. If you aren't keeping track, here's a list of release dates and what figures come out when from toynews1.com:

Series 1: Batman, Harley Quinn, Robin – December 2011

- Series 2: Riddler, Batman Variant (without cowl), Hush, Catwoman – April 2012

- Series 3: Penguin – October 2012

- Deluxe Series 1 – Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc – June 2012

- Deluxe Series 2 – Titan Joker – November 2012

That's quite a list! Plenty to keep fans excited about the games for some time. Hot the break for for photos!

via Toynewsi

Another variant for the Mega Man X D-Arts figure to appear at Tamashii Nation

Tamashii Nation 2011, a figure promotional event in the Akihabara District in Tokyo, Japan, will feature yet another variant of the Mega Man X D-Arts figure. The manga series by artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto that is very popular in Japan is the inspiration for the new variant, hence the anime eyes. There is no further information on whether other differences exist yet.

via Mega Man Network.

Jollibee's current fast food meal toys feature Mega Man

More popular in the Philippines than the USA, Jollibee Restaurants are running a promotion starring the Blue Bomber and his bro. There are Jollibee locations here in the states; locations include California, Nevada, New York, Washington, and Hawaii.
Mega Man shoots his buster shot via a spring-loaded mechanism, and Proto Man has a removable shield. Neither are very articulated, but they're free toys with the child meal, so one can't ask for too much.

More pics after the break.

via Rockman Corner

Nobody will object to this "Capcom Special Attorney Series" 10th Anniversary Merchandise

Capcom is releasing some special swag for the 10th Anniversary of their "Special Attorney Series", which encompasses characters like Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice. Mugs, character straps, a boatload of clear files, and some commemorative fans will be released.
Expect the items around the anniversary, which is Jan. 29th, 2012, one-Capcom.

To see bigger images and all the stuff, head to the first link below.
via Famitsu via GoNintendo

Ten years later, a Claude figure from Grand Theft Auto III

For the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, Rockstar Games is releasing a Claude action figure in conjunction with Sideshow Collectibles.
The 1:6 fully articulated figure will come with a bevy of accessories.

Features:
- 12 inch body with nearly 30 points of articulation
- Fabric Liberty City State prison outfit
- Bomber jacket with real zippers
- Canvas cargo pants
- Two assault rifles
- Sniper rifle
- Grenades
- Knife
- Sub machine gun
- Baseball bat
- Pistol
- One pair of fists
- One right trigger hand
- One left C grip hand

You can pre-order one for $149.99 at the Rockstar Warehouse. There is a chance to win the figure in a Social Club contest or at the NYC Comic Con. More info in the link below.

via Rockstar Games

Mario Mushroom hats a day late and a dollar . . . too long?

Nearly $50, and these official Mario mushroom hats won't even make it out for Halloween. Due out in November, these official hats come on the heels of years of unofficial hats of the same nature being sold, and upstaged by official costume Toad hats that make more sense and are cheaper. A lot of places are calling these Toad hats, but Toad has a white mushroom head with red spots. These would be Super and 1-up mushroom hats, which somehow make even less sense.
Pre-order at NCSX