Take that, aftermarket! This September will see the re-release of several items that were gone before I even knew they were available and one I slept on a bit too long. Last year Japanese toy maker Max Factory put out two figures in its poseable Figma line that were based on Nintendo characters: Link, as depicted in Skyward Sword, and Samus Aran, sporting her look from Metroid: Other M. They also put out a non-poseable Zero Suit Samus figure that comes with a tiny Metroid, making 2012 a virtual deluge for Metroid merchandise compared to most. Fans took notice and snapped up preorders from import toy stores weeks before many even knew about the figures, but now the Slowpokes and non-importers among us will get a shot as this run is apparently also shipping directly to US hobby retailers. Preorders are open now for the September reissue of all three figures, with the two Figmas going for about $40 and Zero Suit
WaluigiSamus setting you back about $80.
Hey, remember that gorgeous book filled with concept art and background information regarding Hyrule’s history that Nintendo released in Japan back in 2011? Y’know, the one that made fans of the series flip out because it revealed no less than three official timelines in the Zelda universe? Well it’s finally been translated into Engrish and is sitting on store shelves as you read this just waiting to be overpriced on ebay. As usual Nintendo held a little launch event at their world store in Times Square to commemorate the release. Which of course means that virgins from all over the great state of New York borrowed cash from their parents for the train into Manhattan to check it out. A costume contest was held with all kinds of cool prizes including plush dolls and t-shirts and luckily for us, one youtube user was on hand to document this gathering of pure, raw, uncut nerdery.
You really have to click here and check this out for yourself.
In light of Nintendo’s recent decision to make four previously released key 3DS titles available as downloads in the eShop (“key” of course meaning first party), I figured now would be as good a time as any to indulge myself by posting reviews that I’d written for each of them back when they originally came out. Well, all except for Mario Kart 7 which I played but never rewarded a proper writeup. Honestly, if you need to be told whether you’ll like a new Mario Kart game then you probably won’t. Anyway, I’ll quote that fat guy from Fight Club as he once said: “3 out of 4 aint bad.”
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The answer is no, it doesn’t make sense. Or maybe it does, who knows? In any event, Nintendorks has taken it upon itself to proffer our own version of the Legend of Zelda timeline. See below the jump for the full visual interpretation.
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