Both Takara Tomy and Epoch have the Mario Kart 7 license, and both have produced a table games. One is a board game from Epoch and the other is a motorized racing course from Takara Tomy.
So why is the Epoch game cooler than just a simple roll-the-dice affair? Because the dice are replaced with an electronic tilt-sensored steering wheel that players must manipulate to find out how far they go on the track. The LED display will show the moves allotted and other info. Cool!
The Takara Tomy GoGo Circuit is motorized and takes the karts (sold separately) up hills and around bends all while making the appropriate sound effects from the game.
More pics of both after the break.
Both have been released for some time (Takara's has been out since March for around $53, and Epoch's has been out since June for $35), but hey, they're new to me.
Normally I have some frame of reference when looking at these Mario toys because there has already been one made during the SMW or SM64 time frames. This, however, is brand new. This item will release in mid October from Epoch at around $55. It requires batteries and uses lights, sound (plays three songs), and motion to entertain while players try to get the coins . . . somewhere. Heh. Another pic after the break.
Build this Mario 3D puzzle up and you have a coin bank shaped like a warp pipe. Mario is just there, I assume, to identify it as a Mario-themed pipe and not just some random green pipe. Because that would be weird. Released this month for around $16.
Potted Pikmin to plug into your earplug porthole on your portable phone. Alliteration. *winks*
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has come out with this wonderful idea that follows the current Japanese trend of plugging your earphone jack with a character. Cell phone straps may be a thing of the past, as most of the new hot smart phones don't have the little strap hole.
These Pikmin arrive potted. Then you transplant them from the pots to your phone. Comes in the usual red, blue, and yellow varieties of Pikmin and each has the usual leaf, bud, and flower versions. Another pic after the break.
TGS is a wild show, but we don't tend to see much swag coming out of it. This year, a 25th Anniversary Rockman (Mega Man) metal water bottle was given out, but was very hard to come by. Sellers on YJA are wanting around $250 for it. Yeesh. After the break there is a close up of the 25th logo.
Click to see pictures of new Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Assassin's Creed, Dragon Quest, Mario, Mega Man, Batman, and more. Most have been presented on this blog before. Check out that DQ slime hourglass though.
Theathrhythm Final Fantasy and its announced sequel may have been out of nowhere, but they have certainly resonated with fans. The music is some of the best in the industry, so no wonder it turned into a music game, even after the music game bubble burst. Now, the series is set to get some merchandising. While personally I did not enjoy the character redesigns, they are darn cute, so this makes sense. I could see a plush line over the figure line, but I'm sure they will sell. We only see Final Fantasy VII figures in the picture (*yawn*), so here's hoping several others are made into figures.
This was seen on NintendoTweet's Twitter on Tomopop.
The smash hit indie game Spelunky has been making a cave-going treasure hunter out of everyone that tries it, and I love to see indie games getting merchandise, because how often does that happen?
FanGamer is offering these blind boxed for $5 a piece, or the whole set for $40. Here are all 10 characters in the set:
- Spelunky Guy
- The Damsel
- The Shopkeeper
- Tunnel Man
- The Frogs
- The Golden Idol
Pic of the box after the break.
Found these items at Yahoo Japan Auctions. After picking them I could no longer find them. They appear now and then, but they seem to only be one or the other, and they do not contain all the coins like these did.
You have to hand it to Jazwares. They have really given the blue blur a lot of love with all of the stuff they release. Now, they are finding a new way to plug an old figure: add light-up emeralds. It seems as though the emeralds light up by motion as well. The only thing better would be having a Super Sonic in the case with it. Or some sweet transforming figure. Or something. Still, I like all the incorporation of the items and accessories these days. Coming November this year.
Are you over 18? Like virtually killing people? Do you also like to play with Mega Bloks? Boy do we have a set for you! Warcraft and Skylanders made more sense because both have iconic characters. Call of Duty has none of these, unless of course they plan to release a set with that dog. Don't get me wrong, I know that LEGO has many people over 18 buying their products, but the licenses seem stronger than this.
Apparently this trend is a big deal in Japan. Topping your bottled drink with a little character to show your passion is a fun idea, but I can't imagine it's that practical. Well, whoever said trends were practical?
Takara Tomy ARTS is coming out with a set that sort of spoofs the trend. Capping a bottle cap with Mario's and Luigi's hats. Neat idea, especially with choice of hats. All coming from New Super Mario Bros. 2, the set features raccoons, foxes, gold, silver, fire, and regular hats. These will be in gashapon machines in Japan in December.
Ulalacube has some Pikmin 3 bendable keychains coming out in December. The only way to order them right now is through a pre-order on AmiAmi for a box of 12 packs. There are five types . . . and one secret. This marks the first time we've seen Pink and Rock Pikmin in merchandise. Anyone care to speculate what the secret will be? Discuss in the forums.