Game and Watch bookends really bring things together

In Octopus and Parachute versions, these bookends/movieends/gameends will keep your stuff together. 2700yen each, except AmiAmi has them up for cheaper:

Octopus Version
Parachute Version

Thanks Stella!

April 2015 exclusive is Bussinessman Pikachu

What's cuter than Pikachu? A Pikachu in business attire. The Pokecenter will be offering exclusive plushes from March 2015-March 2016, and this is April! I'd sign any deal he had to offer! $30 from the Sunyshore Pokemart. Also known as "freshman Pikachu".

Go get one!

via Tiny Cartridge

Thanks Ultramagnus!

Zelda Symphony site adds store

Missed out on the Zelda Symphonies? Didn't have the cash on hand for that poster? Need a different shirt? You're in luck! Now you can buy them for $20 each (posters or shirts) on the site! Now . . . WHY NO MUSIC?!

To the site

Thanks Ceril!

Auction Crawler: Mario Blows Up

This is one of the wildest Super Mario World items IMO, and there are some wild ones. This could just be a Mario inflatable in a box, but instead they added the ability to run around by adding some battery power, a motor, and some wheels.

SMW Mario inflatable Motorized Runner - 8500yen, less than a day, on auto-renew.

More Auctions:
Kirby Model Kit Fire and Sword - 2980yen, 1 day.
Large lot of mixed unpainteds - 500yen, 4 days.
Meta Knight kit with box - 3333yen, 6 days.
Rare Moogle Plush FFIX - 3990yen, 2 days.
Super Smash Bros (N64) pencil case - 100yen, 2 days. Love this thing!
SMB2 Hard Case - 8000yen, 1 day.
Mario Kart Tire Cushion - 800yen, 2 days.
Rare set of NSMB strap figures - 1500yen BID, 3000yen BIN, 2 days.
Huge lot of Mario merch - 7500yen BID, 8000yen BIN, 7 days.
Lot of Mario Kart plushes in good condition - 510yen, 4 days.
Shulk Amiibo with Xenoblade faceplates - 30yen BID, 9800yen BIN, 5 days.
Amiibo lot - 4900yen, 3days. Mega Man, Link, Sheik, Ike, Marth, Samus.

And just proving other regions feel Amiibo pain too:
Gold Mario Amiibo - 17,000yen BID, 17800yen BIN 2 days.

Amiibo wave 4 and 5 announced, Yarn Yoshi Amiibo, Splatoon Amiibo

Additions to Wave 4 Amiibo include Jigglypuff and Greninja, and the disappointment of more retailer exclusives. Barf.
Wave 5 will include Dark Pit and Palutena, and then the second half will be Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Bowser Jr., Zero Suit Samus, and Olimar.
Also announced during the direct was Yoshi Woolly Word PLUSH Amiibo coming this Fall that will add another Yoshi in the game and be super cute on your shelf. Brilliant move there!
Splatoon will also be receiving Amiibo, as speculated. Boy and Girl squids will be sold individually or together in a pack with a bonus Green Squid. Coming May 29th.

Also, don't forget Amiibo cards, which so far only include Animal Crossing characters for the Home Designer game coming soon. The Amiibo reader for the original 3DSes will release with those.

The next few months will be expensive for Amiibo collectors!

See the Nintendo Direct here

N1GHTS from First 4 Figures will see you in your dreams

I can't understand why this franchise isn't bigger than it is. It seems like the perfect springboard for some truly wild 3D adventures, but only a couple of games exist. The first one was a system seller/saver/blockbuster, but the second was barely a blip. Despite where the games lie, this statue will be sure to make more than a ripple. Straight out of Nightopia comes this gorgeous duo of statues. Again, F4F is doing a regular ($209.99, limited to 1000 pieces) and exclusive model ($239.99, limited to 500 pieces). What are you paying an extra thirty for? The moon lights up! Coming Q3 2015.

Regular edition

Mother Soundtrack project heads to kickstarter

It has already met the goal, so anything extra goes to stretch goals. Don't miss your chance to own an official release previously only available in Japan.

Mushroom lunch boxes store food . . . or secrets?

Certainly an odd novelty, these Mushroom lunch boxes will be arriving in Japan in late April and provide one of the weirdest lunch box/bento systems ever proposed. From the pic, it appears that they are proposing that the food will go in the "face" part, which is the smaller part. Wouldn't the head be more roomier? At only six inches tall, it doesn't seem like it would hold much of a lunch, and there is no handle. Personally, I'd get it less for lunch and more for hiding secret treasures or something. Apparently they also stack without their caps.

Mario Kart 8 pullback racers

More Mario Kart figures? Sure! They always sell well. This is a set of pullbacks from Tomy due in late April for Japan. These will be in clear-ish pachages just like the Mario Kart 7 figures, and will be in prize machines. The typical five are here (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Wario), and they are in regular karts. The price for a capsule would be around 400yen, or about $3. Sort of high for 2.5 inch figures, but the detail on these tends to be awesome for their size!

Get clean and dry off with Mario

These uber-colorful towel and wash cloth sets are currently in stores in Japan. The towels are full-size towels at about 80cm (or 30 inches), and will retail at around 600yen, or about $5! Wish they would be that cheap here!

Mario Kart 8 plush tires hitting arcade prizes soon

Coming late this month to arcade prize machines and UFO Catchers in Japan, these Mario Kart tire cushions feature two designs. They both feature box-art type CG art on one side, and the logo on another. They'll be about 18" in diameter and 6" thick, making for a decent pillow!

Super Mario Mystery Pack set 6 figures

Gold Mario
Fox Luigi
Fire Bro

I'm assuming the Gold Mario and maybe the Fire Bro will be the rares.

via Toy Wiz

Auction Crawler: What a Racket

This is the best set of these I've seen. Two rackets with their covers, a set cover, and a couple of tennis balls. Not sure if the balls are part of the set, as there are no identifying features and look simply like run-of-the-mill tennis balls. The handles have wear, but I've never seen these without some wear on them.

Mario Tennis Racket set - 2000yen, 3 days.

More Auctions:
Kirby squirting Cell Phone - 2222yen, 2 days. Weird one!
Meta Knight model kit - loose with box - 3333yen, 3 days. Rare!
Mr. Shine unpainted Kirby figure - 400yen BIN, < 1 day.
Mr. Bright unpainted Kirby figure - 400yen BIN, < 1 day.
Kirby light - 1450yen BID, 1500yen BIN, < 1 day.
Kirby set of carded ball shooters - 2000yen, 5 days.
Set of Super Mario Kart and Kirby's Adventure painted figures - 2000yen, 1 day.
Zelda Box - 1980yen, 3 days.
Also some rare plushes in the Auction of Interest forum!

Shovel Knight Plush

Available for pre-order via We Love Fine for $28. Use code IAMBACK for 10% off. The shovel is magnetic so it sticks to his back. Brilliant!

Thanks hangia and Anthony S.!

Discuss in the forum!

First 4 Figures reveals Capcom All-Stars line

First in line is Viewtiful Joe. Preorders open up on Tuesday and remember since it's a new line, low numbers are up for grabs.

Also remember the Phoenix Wright statue that was teased last year? It's going to be a part of this line.

Via F4F's Facebook page

Jakks Pacific is releasing another wave of those Mario Kart 8 shooters, too

Donkey Kong joins the crew, and everyone trades up to ATVs. I saw DK on the shelf and already picked him up, even though there is a "March 2015" date on these.

via Entertainment Earth

Auction Crawler: Tatanga lives

An unpainted figure is the only piece of merch that has to do with the big bad of Super Mario Land. Pity. Him and Wart should start a one-time-Mario-villain Club . . . or pity party.

Tatanga - 12000yen, less than one day.

Other Auctions:
Super Mario Sunshine Shine Sprite Plush - 10,800yen, 2 days.
Mega Man X figures - 2500yen BIN, less than a day.
Yoshi plush set + Club Nintendo Yoshi Plush - 500yen, 4 days.
Mega Man X unpainted Ride Armor translucent figure - 2000yen, 3 days.
Mega Man X unpainted Ride Armor kit (assembled) - 2600yen, less than a day.
Mega Man X unpainted Rex 2000 translucent figure - 2000yen, 3 days.
SM3DW Soundtrack - 500yen, 2 days.
Super Mario Drummer motorized plush - 5000yen, 4 days.
Super Paper Mario clips - 100yen, 4 days.
Big Mario plush lot - 10000yen, less than a day.
Big Boo Luigi's Mansion 2 figure - 2380yen bid, 2480 BIN, 3 days.
Toad Luigi's Mansion 2 figure - 1800yen bid, 2300yen BIN, 4 days.

Cynthia and Garchomp Nendoroids!

Good Smile Company has announced these two for release in July for 5000yen each. Two faces, five hands, five arms, three legs, and a Pokeball will be included.

via NintendoTweet

Hovering Mario Kart RC coming from Jakks Pacific

#HovernoHover. Yup, the wheels move up, but it doesn't actually hover. Little wheels make it slide around when the real wheels are up. Dang you BttF high-expectations! It'll be about $100, and have a 100-foot range from the controller. That's a buck a foot! Coming "later this year".

via GoNintendo