If you're going to market Puyo Puyo (which has been turned into Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Kirby's Avalanche), and have already done plushes, then stress balls is a brilliant way to go. Who doesn't like to squish a blob? Coming out for Puyo Puyo Tetris, which releases early 2014 on a bunch of platforms.
Super Mario 3D World has cats. Cats climb things. To simulate this, Bandai is making some magnets and some clings that fit on the side of your cups. They come in the flavors of each playable character, and are nearly too cute to report on.
Shipping in March 2014. If Luigi, Toad, and Peach are all color-coordinated, why is Mario orange instead of red?
And the award for the most random piece of merchandise goes to...
Mario, brother Luigi, evil twin Waluigi, and brother and evil twin Wario. All in great poses. The new standard set run around 5-6 inches tall and are very collectable. Out now from Japan Auto Toy.
Thanks tl2005us and Manveri!
Like Final Fantasy VII? Like the soundtrack? Like vinyl records? Square Enix has you very, very covered. 29 tracks have been added to two vinyl records for master quality.
Track list after the jump.
Actually, a pair of busts, as there is an exclusive version. If you have $700 lying around, then you too can own these ugly mugs and partial chests of Akuma from the Street Fighter series. Limited to 350 pieces worldwide or 150 pieces for the exclusive, these will appear in Q2 2014. Pop Culture Shock lives up to its name with these, as they are certainly from pop culture, and they are certainly shocking, both in price and look. Cloth Gi, "separately cast teeth" (whatever that means), wooden prayer beads, and glowing eyes. GLOWING EYES! Made of fiberglass, and weighs in at around 25 pounds and stands 29" tall. Payment plans available, but if you pay in full you get a nice discount.
They definitely look interesting, especially the Megaman Felyne figure. Be sure to order these fast when they go up as they'll definitely be hard to find in the future.
Ichiban Kuji and Capcom have yet to announce a release date for the item, but considering they’re for their 30th anniversary, it shouldn’t take too long.
First up is a Monster Hunter 4 3DS set for release on November 7th for 19,800 yen with a digital copy of the game. Yes, you read that right. A regular 3DS instead of a 2DS or XL. Odd choice Nintendo.
Next up is the Japanese boxart for the the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds bundle. One word: beautiful. Launches December 26th for 22,800 yen with a digital copy of the game.
Finally are an orange/black and turquoise/black duo. They launch November 28th for 19,900 yen.
For 250 bones you can snag the CE, that includes the game, a poster, an art book, LED diorama packaging, and this statue. The cockpit supposedly has a motorized cockpit. Wow.
Coming March 11th next year.
Japan now celebrates Halloween, but it's nowhere near as popular as North America, and it tends to happen earlier in July or August (O-bon festivals). That's why I'm confused, because hats like these always go on pre-order in mid October and essentially miss the mark for anyone that wants to celebrate. Arriving in February next year from Taito, they just seem like a giant tease. Despite that, these are awesome.
Yellow has the leaf, blue has the bud, and red has the flower.
The Year of Luigi Coin from E3 is different from this one. This coin has the Club Nintendo logo on the back, rather than Luigi's face. This makes it more similar to the 25th Anniversary Mario Coin that was up in this same catalog last year. Blast! I thought I avoided the high cost, as I figured the one they were giving out at E3 would eventually appear in this catalog. It is really cool though.
1500 stars in the Stars Catalog.
European retailer GAME is selling pre-orders for the Collector's Edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Watch the vine video from Nintendo to see the chest and hear the sound.
The set also includes a poster and DLC. That box art, while not finalized, is GORGEOUS!
Thanks kobefn and The Crow!
It releases the same day as the standalone game and comes with a download code. Here's hoping it comes to the Americas.
Plants Vs. Zombies has a special way of making everyone love it. It's just so darn . . . cute? Yet, it's still sufficiently mature enough to make you keep playing it. These statues from Gaming Heads perfectly capture the likenesses of the zombies. Peashooters are also available. Both characters have exclusive versions, so lets run them down.
Zombie - $140 - 13 inches tall - 750 pieces worldwide
Conehead (Pylon) Zombie exclusive - 13 inches tall (without pylon?) - 350 pieces worldwide
Peashooter - $70 - 9 inches tall - 750 pieces worldwide
Peashooter with Pea Exclusive - 9 inches tall - 350 pieces worldwide
Each will be available Q1 of 2014. While the zombie is perfect, the Peashooter just seems too static in my opinion. For such an animated game, it's a bummer that they couldn't add a little more emotion to the character. He's often . . . angry. I would have also loved to see the Gattling Peashooter instead of just a pea, but that would be a significant change from the regular edition.
Square Enix has some slimy slippers to comfort your feet. Seems unintuitive, but they are much comfier than they look! The metal ones though . . .
Out today and available through NCSX.
Takara Tomy Arts and Bandai have some new offerings for Animal Crossing fans. Bandai has created some water gloves featuring the cast, a room from the game, and individual character versions for shaking and ogling. And collecting. Always collecting. These are set to ship in January of 2014 and NCSX has them up for pre-order.
While Bandai's offering is cool, Takara really has the corner on the AC market. They have a set of stationary coming out that is more geared to girls. Little stamps, character pads, erasers, and other letter-making goods adorn the set. Takara also has a more traditional set of gashapon figures, houses, and accessories. Supplemental to this set, the new set adds two houses and more goods to decorate those houses. New characters are also there to collect.
To see the stationary set, hit the break.