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New Pikmin Straps are mysteriously missing colors from Pikmin 3

So, you have the Pikmin license, but you choose not to add Pink or Rock Pikmin to this set? I assume that Takara TOMY Arts only has the general Pikmin license and not the Pikmin 3 license, so they are only releasing the original three colors with all variations (leaf, bud, flower). Olimar also comes with each one. That's a lot of Olimar. Too bad we haven't seen Charlie, Alph, or Brittany yet . . .

Seen on YJA. Resellers also have them on ebay.

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Mario Kart 7 boxed mini figures

A set of eight new racers in various karts has become available in Japan. Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, DK, Bowser, and Koopa Troopa! Boxed just like the last sets from Takara. More pics after the break.

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New Mother 2 straps for the new year

A set of seven new straps from Mother 2, but not from the normal Banpresto license, but from Takara TOMY Arts. Ness, Paula, Jeff, Poo, Mr. Saturn, Belch, and Master Barf. Very nice paint jobs, and somewhat difficult to find now, so . . . try to get them now before the price skyrockets.

via EBC

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Kirby sleeps, Kirby winks, Kirby stares

Kirby has many powers, and thus many faces, but sometimes he's just good ol' Kirby. He's still very expressive though, and these new plushes, out now from SK Japan, are a perfect representation of that.

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Year of Luigi in Club Nintendo Japan

Notebook and pen, Dr. Luigi cloth set, and a 3DS case with a bonus puzzle inside. Yup, NA and Europe beat that. Still very cool though.

via Tiny Catridge

Luigi Nendoroid says goodbye to the Year of Luigi

Good Smile Company has made, quite possibly, the cutest Luigi figure in the known universe. He is available for pre-order tomorrow in Japan, or right now at AmiAmi. Set for a June 2014 release. He comes with a Bullet Bill, a Goomba, and a little poof that I'm sure will never be used by anyone to look like a fart. You hear that internet?

via Kotaku < -- More pics here!

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Ultra Detail Super Mario Series 2

Medicom Toy produced a set this year that made long-time Nintendo fans swoon. Now, we see that they want to continue the Mario portion of that line. We see a modern Fire Mario, a Yoshi seen in his original pose and art from Super Mario World , Baby Yoshis from New Super Mario Bros. U in all three colors, a Luigi figure from Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, and, possibly the best part, both brothers from Mario Bros. Let's hope to see more Zelda!

Fire Mario
Baby Yoshis
Mario from Mario Bros.
Luigi from Mario Bros.

Kirby is in a wintery mood . . . and a rug

A big ol' pink Kirby rug just came out, and some winter-themed plushes featuring Kirby. Well, two out of the four are themed, the other two are just Kirby. Still, Kirby with mittens or scarf? Super cute!

YJA Auction of plushes
One of many rug auctions

Lara Croft statue should be cleaned regularly

The iconic Lara Croft never looked so . . . beat up. Now Gaming Heads takes her latest look and immortalizes it in polystone resin. The regular version has her with a bow, while the exclusive has the bow, but also adds a combat shotgun. The statue is 1/4 scale, meaning Lara will be around 20 inches tall! 1000 units for the regular at $320, while the exclusive is limited to 500 and rings up at $340. Due Q2 of 2014.


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Luigi continues his reign as 2014 approaches with the awesome statue diorama

During the Nintendo Direct today, Iwata introduced us to a special surprise for the Year of Luigi in Club Nintendo. The surprise is a Luigi's Mansion statue for 1500 coins. I hope you've been saving up those coins! It's the most expensive thing to appear on the site so far.

Club Nintendo Luigi figure

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Kirby stamps add the pink wonder to all of your notes

Ensky has built a stamp set with all of Kirby's cutest emotes, put it on a base, and plan to set it on the world in late February. The set seems to come with 20 stamps and one large stamp, but it is mentioned that this is a sample set and may differ from the final product.

via AmiAmi

Paper Mario rugs make your room more Nintendo-y

These mats are almost 20 inches long, making an import pretty expensive. NCSX still has them listed at $26.90 though, which is great for something that could potentially be pretty heavy. Furyu will have these out in April of 2014.

via NCSX

Pikmin stationary brings the cute to all your notes

Love the little stamps with Pikmin posing on them. The tape is littered with Pikmin as well. I'm glad the seller provided a pic of what was in the little eraser bottle. Sadly, they were those shaped rubber band things that seem to be so popular these days. I thought they were little Pikmin rubber erasers. I would have purchased as I has seen it had that been the case.

YJA Auction

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack for Japan only

77 tracks on two discs complete with custom art! Only available in Japan? Awwwwwww!

Club Nintendo Japan

Super Mario 3D World gets mini maze games

Six new mazes from Epoch arrive to start the inevitable flood of Super Mario 3D World. The backings represent art from the game, just like the previous NSMBU set. Get a little ball bearing to its goal by tilting the make with the mini joystick. These will arrive in capsule machines in March 2014.

via ET-C

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Capcom may have you seeing all-stars with these licensed glasses

Zoff is using the popularity of Capcom's 30th Anniversary to push some special glasses. Each temple is adorned with various Capcom favorites, like Mega Man, Ghosts N' Goblins, Phoenix Wright, and Resident Evil. Each pair comes with a case and cleaning cloth, which are also decorated. 5200yen each, and I'm not sure you could get a prescription to custom fit the frames . . . but how cool are these?

via Rockman Corner via Siliconera

New Zelda plushes include Zelda and TINGLE

OMG! Tingle plush! Also, Zelda's first cel-shaded appearance marks this new set of Legend of Zelda plushes. Four in the set, including a small Link and a Medium link. All are from San-ei, so they should be great quality. Due to hit mid-February! Go and order now!

AmiAmi has them

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Thanks Melda and Valendorf!

Kirby, Kirby, Kirby gets more, more, more

Takara Tomy ARTS and SK Japan have been churning out the Kirby goods this year, and Kirby fans have been loving it. Return to Dreamland figures look great and come blind boxed. The set of five has four Kirbys (regular, bomb, wing, and stone abilities) and Magolor to collect. They are out now.
Also out are a set of mini-plush straps from SK Japan that are too cute for their own good. More pics of the figures after the break.

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Playstation earphone plugs

Japan really has a thing for these little earphone jack plugs. Union Creative has snagged the license to create and distribute these mini Dual Shock 2s for the 20th Anniversary of the Playstation next year. 20th? I'm old! The set of six are set to arrive in March 2014.

via NCSX

Dragon Quest Slime Tower Game

A nearly 12 inch cardboard tower. 24 stackable slime pieces in three colors. One die. You can figure out how to play this Japanese Kazanete Tower game in February next year.

via NCSX