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.

Pokemon Update 10/21/11

It's a bit crazy how much exclusive merchandise is sold at the Pokemon Center stores, considering that this week's update is all new Center merch. Here is what's in store:

-Pokemon Center pouch
-Pokemon Center Holiday merchandise
-Pokemon Center Canvas line

Evolve the post by clicking 'Read More'.

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

Pokemon Weekly Update 10/14/11

Good news Pokemon collectors, VGMM will now be bringing you weekly Pokemon merchandise updates! Pokemon Weekly Update will be posted right here every Friday and will feature the latest merchandise worldwide (but mostly Japanese...they get so much Pokemon merch!). Let's take a look at this weeks offerings:

-Pokemon Banpresto Prize Plushes set 9
-Pokemon Center cookies and tin
-Pokemon Center October promos
-North America Pokemon Rumble preorder bonus

Just Click Attack 'Read More' for more info and pics.

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.

- 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

Epic Mickey Motion Collection Gashapon

Releasing sometime very soon (slated for Mid-October), these Epic Mickey gashapon figures are certainly something epic. Officially dubbed the Epic Mickey Motion Collection, the ten figures in the set represent the characters in (mostly) highly animated poses. There are five figures with two paint jobs each. The black and white versions of Mickey come with thinner on the brush, where the painted versions have paint. Brilliant little details like these really show the passion put into these little figures by Takara.
You can see the art sheet for these after the break, showing the similarity to the actual game art.
You can still pre-order at Hobby Link Japan. Just know that a box only has eight pieces, so you would have to order two boxes to attempt getting the full set.
Thanks Manveri!

First 4 Figures unleases Knuckles upon the world in two variant statues

First 4 Figures has been really bust lately, releasing a lot of video game statues. While most have been Zelda-related, today they focus once again on the Sonic the Hedgehog line, bring a 10" statue of Knuckles to the table with a normal and exclusive version. The Exclusive version has pulsing red and yellow lights in the base to give the illusion that the lava is real.

Thanks Ketsueki!

Knuckles Statue - $170 - limited to 1500 worldwide.
Knuckles Exclusive Statue - $190 - limited to 500 worldwide.

Pac-Man invades the ridiculous costume market

If the Angry Birds Halloween craziness wasn't enough for you, try these on for size. The males get the poofy $40-$50-$60 abominations, while the females get the too-short dresses for around $30.
There's even an $80 dress or . . . smock . . . that represents the game board. These can be found at a major discount at Amazon for around $30.

via GameSetWatch

Rayman Origins gets a pre-order slapping bag at Best Buy

Pre-orders started on the 7th this month for the game that releases on the 14th.

You can go pre-order online here!

New Years will be a blast at the Pokemon Center

Pikachu and Darumaka-themed merchandise will be appearing starting Nov. 19th in Japan at the Pokemon Center stores.
If you spend enough, there are even some Christmas Ornaments that will be given away.

Merch to look for:
- Lacquer bento box for 1600 Yen
- Lacquer mug 1200 Yen
- Lacquer charm strap for 580 Yen
- Darumaka and Pikachu keychain for 630 Yen
- New Years decoration (Ribbon) 760 Yen
- New Years decoration (Ornament) 760 Yen

More info here

Nintendo strings together another Mario patch set

Another round of Mario patches has been spotted in Japan, and is certainly living up to the previous set. I think Mario looks even better than last time and the other patches in the set look very detailed as well. It looks like the best bet would be YJA with a proxy service for these, as neither set has been found in any of the import shops.
Keep 'em coming, there are plenty of characters and items yet to be done!

Thanks Genome!