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

Giant Mushrooms are growing at Taito!

1ups and Super Mushrooms have run rampant over at Taito, so they're selling some off! Nearly 18 inches of mushroomy goodness. Available in June. So I guess they're anticipating a massive mushroom takeover! Heh.

via NCSX

Toy Fair 2015 roundup

I won't lie. We are relying heavily on the awesome reporting done by Justin Berube of the Nintendo World Report. He posted many pictures over there of the wares he saw to drool over at the New York Toy Fair this year.
Newbies include Zelda Yahtzee; an SMB3, MK8, and WW puzzles; "TAC DEX" battle card Mario game; Carerra MK 7 and 8 motorized tracks; New pullbacks; Mario lunchboxes; A new Skyward Sword Link figure and the Robot Pirate Captain we thought was gone; and a boatload of Pokemon merchandise. Have a look!

Nintendo Collectibles
Super Mario Collectibles
Other Merchandise
Pokemon Merchandise

DyDo drinks in Japan to add 8-bit Mario figure promos

A set of eight new Mario characters featuring 8-bit designs now top DyDo drink products in Japan! Featuring 8-bit pipe packaging!

via Destructoid and DyDo

Auction Crawler: Carefully Calculating Kirby

Over $100 for a little solar calculator may be asking a lot, but you have to understand that this is one of the rarest and earliest Kirby items, as it is from Kirby's Dream Land, proving that the puffball was pink all along!

Auction - 12,000yen, 4 days.

Other auctions:
SMK plush set complete - 8500yen, 4 days. Some typical damage. Appear to all be tagged.
Rare Mario cards - 5000yen, 5 days. Promo only.
Mario RC and Yoshi motorized toy - 360yen, 4 days.
Super Mario Kart card game/board game - 1300yen, 5 days.
Dragon Quest logo keychain - 500yen 2 days.
Legend of Zelda Link to the Past board game - 5000yen, 6 days. Very rare.
Dr. Mario Glass - 850yen, 5 days.

Mario Kart 8 figures feature some Pink Gold

As a character, I always thought that Pink Gold Peach was just a cheap re-skin taking up space in the roster. As a figure, I've changed my mind. Looks pretty slick if you ask me! Takara Tomy Arts is releasing five racers, and Metal Mario is one of them, along with Toad, Bowser, and DK. Wait . . . a Mario set without a normal Mario?! Unheard of! Shipping in May.

via ET-C

Gamer kicks on the way

Official Rockman shoes are coming from UBIQ, and can be yours for 9800yen when pre-orders go live on Feb. 20th.

via Rockman Corner/Rockman Unity

On Teefury (ShoeFury), they have an unofficial Zelda pair for sale for $80.

Nintendo Controller lights

I kept looking at these, wondering whether or not they were truly new. Why? Because they've been done before. And by Takara no less! Nothing much is new about the set either. Still, they're calling it "Vol. 1", so I suspect more is on the way. Coming in May.

via NCSX

Some weird Mario stuff - Mario pipe pens and tablet accessories

Some mushrooms and Chain Chomps for your phone to lean on, and an over-sized pipe-pen.

Digital Items Accessories - Coming in May from Bandai.

Mario Pipe Pen - Coming in June from Taito.

Jakks Pacific owns New York Toy Fair 2015 with World of Nintendo

NES Link Plush! NES LINK PLUSH! You Guys!! *cough* Ahem. Okay.
Look at this spread! Jakks Pacific plans to release these over the next year. A large Gold Mario figure. A Large Link figure with seven points of articulation. NES character plushes featuring Mario, Luigi, and LINK!

via GoNintendo

Mario owns the tabletop games, too - thanks to Epoch!

Four new tabletop/board games from Epoch just erupted onto the scene.
In mid-April, a New Super Mario Bros. 2 Board Game comes out, and seems to be the sequel to a similar board game for the original game.
Also in mid-April, a "labyrinth game" involving lots of pipes and what appears to be marbles running a maze by tilting. Epoch just loves its tilting games.
Another marble game hits in mid-April as well, titles "Super Mario Big Adventure", it looks like another playset with lots of traps and pratfalls that Epoch likes to make.
The last one comes out in June, and is a Mario Kart 8 "Grand Prix" tabletop game. It'll probably use marbles too. Heh.

Auction Crawler: A Ribbon cut from cloth

Ribbon is the little fairy from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. A plush set was released for this set, including King Dedede, Bronto Burt, and Kirby. Supposedly, there is also an Adeleine plush out there, but I have not seen one. Ribbon is quite rare as it is, and to see her at auction for only 90yen is shocking! Got a slew of other nice auctions for you as well!

Ribbon plush - 90yen, 3 days left.

Other Auctions:
SMB tabletop game - 9980yen, < 1 day. Mint.
SMRPG Valentina unpainted figure - 9800yen, 1 day.
SMRPG Dodo unpainted figure - 5000yen, 5 days.
SMRPG Blaarg (Czar Dragon) unpainted figure - 6400yen BIN, 1 day.
SMB Shoes (black ver.) - 4500yen, 2 days.
Complete Spirit Tracks choco set with Engineer Link - 3400yen BID, 3700yen BIN, 1 day.
Rare DK Banana and Barrel plush with Yoshi - 7000yen, 1 day.
Giant Koopa Troopa plush - 7000yen, 1 day.
Mario Barrel Game in box - 1000yen, < 1 day.
Chargin' Chuck Vic-Tokai plush - 398yen, 5 days.
S.H. Figuarts Mario and Luigi with accessories in boxes - 1500yen, 4 days?!!! Cheap!
Mario Kart figure lot - 500yen, 5 days.
NSMB Wii Choco figure set Furuta - 1500yen, 5 days.
Rainbow Mario Choco Figure SECRET - 310yen, 5 days.
Ocarina of Time and OST - 9000yen, 5 days.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time diorama (YL and AL) - 5800yen BIN, 1 day. Painted ver.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time diorama (YL and YZ) - 3300yen BIN, 1 day. Painted ver.
Stone Kirby kit - 5000yen, 2 days.
Fire Kirby Kit - 5000yen, 2 days.
Kirby on Warp Star Kit - 5500yen, 3 days.
Sword Kirby Kit - 5000yen, 3 days.
Needle Kirby Kit - 4000yen, 2 days.
Mario 10-in-1 Board Game set - 500yen, 1 day.
Baby Chocobo plush - 3000yen, 3 days.
F-Zero racers set "Black Bull ver. - 700yen, < 1 day.
Huge lot of Nintendo figures - Kirby, Mario, Pikmin - 1yen, 5 days. Whoa!
Mario Kart 7 racers in box - 680yen BIN, 980yen BIN, 1 day.

GoodSmile Company teases a bunch of figures that are sure to make you smile and your wallet cry.

The pictures are of: a scaled Skyward Sword Link figure, a Kirby Nendoroid, Link from Majora's Mask Nendoroid, a Caeda and Marth Nendoroid, and a couple of Metal Gear Solid Nendoroids

Announced at WonderFest. No release date or pricing info yet.

Via GoodSmile's Facebook page

Thanks Stella!

Gold and silver edition Mario amiibos headed your way

AU yeah!

Originally found on Nintendo's CPSIA Certificates of Compliance page come hints of the first limited edition variant Amiibos. People have been speculating that these will be Club Nintendo gold or platinum rewards, but the Elite Status section of the discontinuation notice says:

In order to reach Elite Status, you must earn 300 Coins (for Gold Status) or 600 Coins (for Platinum Status) between July 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Members who reach Elite Status will be able to choose a downloadable game from a wide selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Your free Elite Status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015. A list of the Elite Status 2015 gifts will be posted here once announced.

So we'll have to play the waiting game and see if these are exclusive to the Nintendo World Store, some other retailer, or are going to be released randomly as chase figures. And no word yet if these are coming to other regions or if the entire Mario line-up will get a gold and silver exclusive.

Via Amiibo Inquirer

Mario Lighted Star Plush

This is a new Lighted Star Plush that has hit the market in Japan. There have been several on the unofficial market like this, so either the official market caught up or the counterfeiters behind this are amazing. I wouldn't be posting it on the blog if I thought it was fake though, so there's my vote of confidence. Nightram's seal of approval?
At any rate, there are LEDs in each star tip that glow different colors when the plush is activated.

YJA Auction.

Haven't found it anywhere in import shops, making me think this is a one-off from either a new company or a more aloof one (like Japan Auto Toy). I can't really make out that logo in the bottom right corner . . .

Anyway, more pics after the break!

New Kirby toys are rip roarin'

A new set of five figures has arrived in Japan, and they're pretty neat. They loop like capsule figures but the packaging shows that they may hang on shelves in Japan as a quick impulse buy. A Star Rod rip cord is included, and when the figure is fed through it at speed, it will send the figure roarin' across the floor! So far I can only see they're from Nintendo/HAL.

A pic of the packaging lies after the break.

Auction Crawler: Big Head Mode

This Big Head Mario and Yoshi game is very odd, and even though I have one in the box, I'm still not sure how it's played. Often, you'll see these Mario and Yoshi figures outside of the set go for ridiculous amounts. So, the auction price is a steal just for the figures, but contains the whole game. 2500yen with 1 day left.

Super Mario All-Stars complete plush set - Some tagged - 3000yen, < 1 day left.
SMW Stationary set with figure stamps in box - 1000yen, 3 days.
Both bath ball Super Mario figure sets - They come off the custom stands - 3200yen, 3 days.
Uber-cheap Zelda tins x2 - 510yen, < 1 day.
Color Me Mario Plush in Box - 3000yen, 2 days.
Mario Snowbaord (Blue with flames edition) - 5900yen, 5 days. Awesome deal for this.
Kirby ball shooters x4 - 1500yen, 2 days.
Kirby Medal 20th Anniversary - 1000yen, 1 day.
Large lot of Kirby unpainteds - 5200yen, < 1 day.
King K. Rool figure - 2000yen, 2 days.
DK Plushes with vines - 1200yen, < 1 day.
Krusha Figure Model Kit - 2000yen, 2 days.
Super Mario 3D World Furuta Choco Eggs figures - 1800yen BID, 2000yen BIN, 2 days.

Club Nintendo Final Rewards

Along with a slew of digital downloads, the physical rewards for Club Nintendo's final days have been revealed. Then, the site promptly went down. Still, you can gather all your pins for coins and have a plan of attack for when it does come back up.

Keep checking in at CN

via Nintendo Everything

Discuss your plans in the forums!

Auction Crawler: Mini-plushes with magnetic personalities

This is the complete set as I know it of Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island mini magnet plushes that came in capsules. A very odd set of merchandise, but one of the only actual pieces we could really call Kamek (along with the figural stamp set from the same game). The super-deformed figures are scrunched in their capsules along with a set sheet. If I could get to mine right now I would confirm that this is indeed the full set, but I believe my memory does serve here. 5000yen for the set with 2 days left.

Mario Lucky Coin Game - 4800yen, 3 days.
Complete Luigi's Mansion set from Auto-Toy - 4000yen BID, 4800yen BIN, < 7 hours left, may renew with no bids.
Lot of dotgraphics Mario stages - 18,000yen, 2 days.
New set of four Mario gashapon feat. Bowser Jr. - 1080yen BID, 1296yen BIN. 1 day left.

Empty's Chara-Forme Chrom is a chibi warrior

So this #nendoroidnotnendoroid figure comes from the company "empty", who calls their big0headed chibi-style figures "chara-formes". They have nabbed the license for Falchion's Master, Chrom, and intend to release him unto the world this May. You can pre-order at several major importers. Aim for around $30 pre-shipping.

via Tomopop