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A new Goomba speaker can hook up to your computer to play your audio, and some koopa shells can keep your cords short and out of the way. The Goomba has multiple inputs, and the koopa shell diagram shows them opening up to hold the cord. Both items come from Taito and are set to ship this August.
Club Nintendo Japan Polo shirts, 550 points each. Mario, Zelda, DK, Animal Crossing, Game & Watch styles, with various colors to choose from to put the logos on.
One good turn deserves another, and SK Japan believes just that. The previous set appears to have sold well enough for a secon set to be produced. The last set had zippers and secret compartments, whereas these just seem to be plushes. They released in Japan this month, and you can get the set here or wait for your favorite import shop to get them in.
Stickers, cards, holographic keychains and a stylus set change Super Mario 3D Land merchandise trickle to a flood
We all knew it was coming. Some of us boarded windows and bought bottled water, but are we truly prepared for what is now here? The Super Mario 3D Land flood of merchandise is truly underway, and there's no telling when it will stop!
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has unleashed some trading cards and candy, as well as a stylus set, upon us. The cards, like any good card set, have rarer plastic cards featuring characters from the game. The stylus set features six of the same stylus style we have seen before in several previous sets, and has dangly character whatsits to distinguish one from another for collectability. Both the cards and the stylus set are out now.
Bandai has released some holographic keychains that have front and back designs that change by altering the viewing angle. There are six in the set and they can be viewed from all angles after the break.
Furuta has added some nameplates to the flood. These items are akin to dog tags with Mario art on them. They also come with candy! Why not?! These released last month in cases of ten, with the full set having eight designs.
Ensky offered some stickers, but they aren't garden-variety stickers. They are thick rubbery stickers. There is one of these stickers and a piece of candy in a box, and a case has twelve boxes. It doesn't say how many designs there are.
All of these items can be viewed in larger detail after the break. Be careful out there, collectors!
The world has no shortage of Mario pouches, but they must sell because several companies keep churning them out. A set of new plastic pouches featuring four designs will be available late this May in Japan from Ensky. You can buy a case of eight here.
The pouches' dimensions are 110mmx80mm, or a little over 4"x3".
Just like the two games before it, Mario Kart 7 is getting a set of round zipper tin cases. They come with candy, too.
Furuta will release these on April 18th in Japan, and you can pre-order a case of 10 here. The set supposedly has four designs, with a common design on the back of all four. Odd that there would be less designs this time, but perhaps they aren't going after each character this time and just showing game art, as evidenced by the example on the set sheet.
It appears that these are slightly different based on the set sheet, as the older tins are metal on the inside. They look painted to show white.
I'm still not sure how large these are or what they could hold. If anyone has one, make a comment!
This Boo light from Taito measures a little over 6 inches tall and runs on just two batteries. It turns on when it senses motion . . . but shouldn't it be the one light that shuts off when it sees you?! I suppose the function trumps the form here . . . in a sense. It's surprising that there isn't a whole host of characters coming out, as there are more than a few illuminated options in Mario's Universe. Perhaps if this sells well we'll see a Starman, Fire Flower, Yellow Yoshi (SMG2), Glow/Light block, or even Watt or a Shine Sprite. Angry Birds Space just entered our atmosphere, so you'd better be ready for the Rovio merchandising department to flood all available outlets with new goods. For right now, these six new space-influenced plushes are only available on the Rovio Store. The plushes come in four sizes and prices: So, if you want to pay for one plush that costs 75x as much as the game it originates from . . . be my guest.
The Boo light will ship in July this year, and is available for pre-order for $25.90 from
5 inches: $15.99
8 inches: $19.99
12 inches: $37.99
16 inches: $74.99
Angry Birds Space just entered our atmosphere, so you'd better be ready for the Rovio merchandising department to flood all available outlets with new goods. For right now, these six new space-influenced plushes are only available on the Rovio Store. The plushes come in four sizes and prices:
So, if you want to pay for one plush that costs 75x as much as the game it originates from . . . be my guest.
It doesn't hate you. Heck, this version of the Portal turret may be more huggable than the plush. Standing 40 inches tall, this life-size icon of test chamber death is ready to guard all entry and exit points. Just don't knock it over.
$24.99 is the asking price
I don't necessarily equate Luigi's hat with a good spot to keep expensive electronics, but Nintendo hopes to change my mind with this new product. Mario's previously released hat holds the DS (specifically a DS Lite, as it barely hold the DS "phat"), but doesn't hold a 3DS. Luigi's covers that role, and for 450 points, you can get it from Club Nintendo.
I've seen these things called a lot of things in my time collecting. Bath bombs, bath fizzers, bath balls, scented bathing drops, bath plops, fizz orbs. Regardless of what they're called, a second set of them has appeared for pre-order on AmiAmi. They call it Super Mario Ofuro de Pon! PART2 BOX (Bathing Toy). The toys come encased in a dissolving, scented ball that fizzes out when placed in water and then reveals the figure.
The first set isn't exactly known for its high quality, but at least the characters are fun this time. Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Boo, Bullet Bill, an a 1-up. I was expecting a Blooper, though. The set was released last year at this time. Guess they didn't want to do a third set.
I've always loved officially released video game soundtracks, but I often wish they would be so much more than they are. Typically, the soundtrack has only selected tracks, or says it's complete but than misses several smaller themes.
If I know anything about Masahiro Sakurai, I'd be very surprised if all of the music from Kid Icarus Uprising fits on a single disc, but this is how it works and this is how it's been done by Nintendo for some time. The disc will have 25 tracks, holding about 60 minutes of music. It is also interesting to note that the sound quality on disc will exceed that of the 3DS.
The CD is available to Japanese folks who register the game for 250 points, and it's 400 if you decide not to get the game.
Not many Nintendo soundtracks have hit US shores, or any others besides Japan's for that matter, but we can always hope for a release, even if it's incomplete.
The Mario Kart Wii license is working for K'NEX. So much so that they are adding new tracks, karts, and characters to the mix this September.
Toad, Diddy Kong, and Donkey Kong join on karts and bikes; Wario slides in on a track with a Penguin; Yoshi, Luigi, and Bowser get new vehicles; and there are more tracks to explore as well.
There is also an "Ultimate" track building kit with the highest price tag yet (MSRP $119.99) with all sorts of gimmicks and traps.
Links to all the products after the break.
Do you remember those big NKOK Mario RCs from the Gamecube era that had the Gamecube Controller Remotes? There was a Mario, a Yoshi, and a DK.
Goldie International has taken the idea of the above racers and given them a Mario Kart Wii facelift, along with a much better sculpt . . . and minus DK. Different from these little ones from Goldie, and this recent release, but a similar style and much larger. I find the grip controller odd, as it would almost make more sense to model it after the Wii Remote, but those grips are all the rage right now.
These were found at a Costco for $69.99. A closer pic after the break, along with Mario's pal Yoshi.
For a not-too-shabby $29.99, Gamestop will outfit you with this oddly boxed Sweet Tooth RC truck. The truck is a replica from the recently released Twisted Metal on PS3. Look for it near the registers or wherever they cleverly hide the gaming merchandise. Ebay scammers have already started selling these for $50, so apparently these are worth a lot more than what Gamestop is selling them for . . . or not.
I'm not sure why these sets don't allow creatures before Final Fantasy VII, but oftentimes there are creatures that reappear in the series quite often that were in earlier games. Malboro, one of my personal favorites, shows up in this one. He's been in many of the games, as well as bomb, tonberry, etc.
Also in this set is Bahamut Fury from the Crisis Core, Omega Weapon and King Behemoth from Final Fantasy VIII, Shadow Creeper from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
A box of 8 figures will retail at ¥7,040 coming out in June, 2012. The standard import shops are already starting their discounts for pre-orders.
Cave Johnson knew what he was doing. This is a man that envisioned combustible lemons. Now, we see a less-lethal plush version in the Valve Store ($19.99).
There is also a new diner mug (Maybe even the one Cave used to drink out of?!) for $9.99, and a couple of familiar-looking keychain plushes for $12.95 each.
Wonder Festival 2012, the best place to see video game merchandise coming out of Japan, is going on now. Most exciting thing so far (and arguably ever) is this Legend of Zelda Link Figma. No details . . . just sit and stare at the awesome!
Six new pouches and four new straps are coming soon adorned with Mario, Super Mushroom, item blocks, and various enemies. The enemy pouches have two spots to store stuff, while Mario and mushroom are one big pouch. The straps may even be screen cleaners, and if so, well, you can never have too many screen cleaners apparently.