USAopoly is releasing 2 more Super Mario board games; 'Memory Challenge' and a checkers/tic-tac-toe combo. Memory features 52 character cards and 20 item cards which add a twist to the traditional game. With checkers/tic-tac-toe, it's Mario vs. Luigi for all the coins on a two sided board that comes in a collector's tin. Both are coming soon with no specified release date, but these should pop up in major retailers and online shops in the coming months.
Preorder 'Memory' at Amazon for $14.95
NEW! Pokemon TCG "Emerging Powers" and related merch releases Aug. 31st and 3 new Tins to release in Fall 2011
The Emerging Powers set has been revealed along with 2 new theme decks and a brand new 'Trainer Kit' set for release in August! The theme decks will release August 15th and the set itself will be out Aug. 31st.
[EP2 - Emerging Powers Trainer Kit Info]
The trainer kits will feature Excadrill and Zoroark! Hopefully it'll have x2 catchers and x2 Eviolites (If we even get them with this set) or something worth getting like the HGSS ones with the collectors and copycats. The Zoroark featured here won't be the same as the Zoroark from the Black and White set and Promo Blister pack released last April. Check here for an overview of the kit and the Excadrill and Zoroark cards featured in the Trainer Kit set for August.
[EP3 - Emerging Powers Theme Decks featuring Krookodile & Scolipede]
The two new decks emerging from this new expansion feature Ground/Dark Type Pokemon Krookodile and Poison/Bug type Scolipede. Each deck contains a code for you to enable the deck for use on the Pokemon TCG Online Game. The theme decks will be released before the actual set hits the store shelves! So look out for these two August 17th 2011.
Deal Alert: Toys R Us clearing out DS Lite/PSP Go accessories, Game-related wallets and wall stickers
Toys R Us has recently started clearing out a portion of their vast assortment of DS Lite (and a few DSi) cases and accessories. This is relevant to new 3DS owners in need of a holder for their system as well, as the 3DS tends to fit perfectly in many accessories designed to hold the DS Lite. The items on clearance range from soft and hard cases, many adorned with different characters (including some Mario and Pokemon-related), protective shells, decorative skins, and general accessory packs. It seems that most of the PSP Go-specific accessories are being cleared out as well, including AV cables, headphones, and cradles.
Also on clearance are the assortment of game-related wallets and belt buckles TRU had been offering, featuring series such as Mario, Sonic, Halo, and Pac-Man. Large wall stickers, including a couple for Epic Mickey, are being cleared out as well.
In addition to the normal clearance price (which tends to be up to half off the original price), Toys R Us is also giving an additional 25% off clearance items this week (and possibly over the next couple of weeks), as well.
With every major game release, many stores receive posters, standees, and other materials to promote the game. Because these items are usually exclusive to stores, they are generally rare and sought after by many collectors and fans. To let you know what store displays are out there for major releases, VGMM is starting a new column; 'What's on Display?'.
This first edition of our newest blog column will cover the store displays used to promote The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D.
Lets take a look at what's out there after the break.
Straight out of 1953, Aperture Labs' very own Propulsion, Repulsion, and Conversion gels are back on the market. This time less as a dietetic pudding substitute, and more of a video game novelty. This fully-licensed Portal 2 product comes with its own tin to contain the goo, and 3.2oz of pure science in each container.
With the blue Repulsion Gel (only $14.99!), you can jump higher! With the orange Propulsion Gel (only $14.99!), you can run faster, and with the white Conversion Gel (only $14.99!), you can create a surface fit for portals just about anywhere. Save $5 when buying all three together! Best used with an Aperture Science Portable Quantum Tunneling Device.
Cave Johnson assures us that this version of the gels is completely non-toxic, and we all know that we can take Cave at his word.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze is a deadly assassin. He's known for killing people, but it appears that, with associate Sideshow Collectibles, he has found a new target: your wallet. For 600 bones, collectors can have a highly-detailed resin statue limited to 200 pieces worldwide in Quarter 3 this year.
It's an odd choice though, with a similar figure being found in the Black limited edition of the latest game, and Kotaku also points out that Hot Toys has a figure quite similar to this one that can be posed.
But maybe the statue aspect of it and the added durability it brings is more your bag. In that case, start saving.
Romain Jerome, a Swiss watchmaker known for using outlandish materials in its watches, has proposed a new line of watches based on 1978's beloved Space Invaders. There will be two styles, and each style will be limited to 78. That's only 156 watches worldwide, so you know that these will carry a hefty price tag. If that wasn't enough, the casing will contain parts of the Apollo 11 capsule. Yeah.
Release date and price forthcoming, but frankly I'm afraid. RJ's website will eventually have more info.
HeroClix (a tabletop strategy game) has released a massive line of Street Fighter figures which should be available for purchase in online stores and comic/card shops. The Street Fighter starter set contains 6 figures (Ken, Ryu, Blanka, Guile, Chun-Li and Dhalsim) with 23 figures available in single figure blind booster packs. The website says that the starter figures will be available in boosters, but they will have an alternate color scheme(read bad news for completist collectors). Although these figures aren't very detailed, what is cool is that each character is executing a signature attack and some neat figure effects are used to make it look like the characters are in motion.
The starter pack should retail at around $15-20 and the booster packs around $4 each. It's going to be very costly to complete this set!
Check out the WizKids page for more pictures and details.
ALTOY Inc. is slated to release these two New Super Mario Bros. stage figures sometime in August (rumored to be August 25th). The set contains only two stages, one of Mario going through a warp pipe, which plays the warp sound effect, and the other of Mario getting infinite 1-Ups, which plays the 1-Up sound effect. It's a bit disappointing that there are only two of these being released, but hopefully this line will be continued in the future.
Thanks for the heads up, Genome!
Nintendo World Store held a launch event for Ocarina of Time 3D on Sunday, June 19th to coincide with the release date. The party didn't have as much exclusive merchandise as the events usually do, but it was still a lot of fun with the Gold Skulltula scavenger hunt to enter a raffle, the 'World's largest Triforce', and classic Zelda games set up on the Wiis. More details and a lot of pics after the break.
We already saw the bikes, but now the karts have been seen in stores. $12.99 is the asking price in store, much better than the $19.99 the website wants. This location had the karts and not the bikes, so it seems to be a bit of a craps shoot which vehicle set you'll find in stores. Love the simplistic packaging though.
Here's something I'm a little surprised hasn't been done yet: 1up and Super Mushroom salt and pepper shakers. Ensky will be sell these for ¥712 (~$9) this November. Looks like the actual shakers parts could get mixed up easily though.
It would be great if they continued the line and came out with Mario and Luigi, or Blue and Yellow Toad versions.
Closer shot after the break.
The Capcom Store has released 4 new Street Fighter shirts featuring unique and quirky artwork. The designs in this release include Blanka's electric company logo, Zangief propaganda poster, Bison world tour logo, and Ryu 'Dragon Punch' (a parody on the Hawaiian Punch logo and mascot).
These T-shirts are now available for $19.95 each in the Capcom Store.
Hopefully Capcom continues this line to cover the rest of the fan-favorite Street Fighter characters.
This is the second edition of the Promo Press, and this edition will cover a few of the promo Sonic 20th Anniversary merchandise that is being released.
In this edition:
-Sonic 20th Anniversary F4F statue
-Joyopolis Sonic 20th Anniversary party swag
Available in two flavors, PDP releases its latest Crystal Armor series of system protector's. Each is a different color (Black or Green) with a different picture emblazoned on the cover (lid).
Priced at a reasonable $14.99 MSRP (USD) and currently available at most, if not all GameStop locations.
I picked up the Black "Link & Sheik" case for my Black 3DS but will likely buy another set for the collection.
So this offering from First4Figures is different than the previously released Mario DS holder because it lacks the star on the base and it will hold multiple versions of the DS (DS Lite, DSi, or 3DS). Missed opportunity then, as I think it should have included a 3DS charger base much like the one coupled with the 3DS system. Imagine, Mario's hands powering your 3DS! Suppose it would be more than $30 then . . . heh. 12 inches tall and made of PVC, so it'll be sturdy. This is coming next month, and you can pre-order it through them.
It's a secret to everybody, but not anymore. A King of Games Legend of Zelda t-shirt with all of the 8-bit fixins is hard to pass up, even for the ¥6000 they're asking. I wish they ran some cheaper versions of the shirts. And sold in the U.S.
Next up is some classic art from Mario Bros., on another new Kong of Games shirt called "Play Style", which plays off the competitive or co-op play of the original game that introduced Luigi in '83. ¥4800 for this one that comes in both green and dark blue.
Both available from their site.
Although they had previously been available online, the Mario Kart Wii K'NEX have finally started popping up in brick and mortor stores. Toys R Us is now carrying Mario and Luigi on bikes, and hopefully Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi in their karts will soon follow. The toy chain has the bike sets available for $6.99, a bit less than the $9.99 they go for on the K'NEX online store.
Yet another set for Furuta choco egg figures, and we still do not see the Koopa Kids completed. We get Iggy and Wendy, but are still missing Morton Jr. and Ludwig. I doubt that is the secret figure as well, because it has typically been a Mario figure, and that would mean only one Koopa Kid would be missing out. This means one of two things: we'll get another set after this, or we'll be missing two Koopa Kids. Let's hope it's not the latter!
In this set:
・ Mario holding Shell
・ Luigi in Penguin Suit
・ Yellow Toad (there will be a Blue Toad variant)
・ Pink Yoshi (there will be another Yoshi color variant)
・ Penguin Suit on Brick Block
・ Sea Urchin
・ Wendy O. Koopa
・ Iggy Koopa
・ Secret figure
Any guesses on the secret figure?
These will be coming in September 2011.
It looks like Nintendo is delivering the goods after all, as they announced that Club Nintendo will give out a free Ocarina of Time soundtrack to members who register Ocarina of Time 3D. The soundtrack contains a whopping 50 tracks, an orchestrated medley, and a special message from Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Kondo in the liner notes. Club Nintendo states that there is a limited quantity (unknown amount), but hopefully everyone who purchases the game on day 1 will be able to receive this awesome reward...or you can just get it at midnight and be almost guaranteed one!
Note: This piece is in honor of the 25th anniversary of Zelda and is the first piece of merchandise from this event.
Check out the offer here.