Super Mario Bros. Merchandise Collection Up For Grabs in Japan
14.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A new Super Mario Bros. merch line-up is up for grabs in the form of a lottery set to take place at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores, as well as Nintendo TOKYO, in Japan from June 27, 2020.
There are 7 different items in the collection and 19 designs in total that they come in, from a talking Mario plush to a giant Bowser bath towel, Boo hand soap dispenser set, and more.
A-Tier Prize: It’s a-me, Mario! Talking Plush (30cm)
This cute talking Mario plush speaks five of the princess-saving plumber’s classic lines when you press his belly.
B-Tier Prize: Fanfare Melody Alarm Clock (20cm)
The alarm clock face features a historical look at the many designs of the Super Mario Bros. games. The alarm sounds that play are those of when you clear a level in each of the games, so you can try and guess which game each sound is from when you hear it.
C-Tier Prize: Big Bowser Towel (200cm)
This 2-meter long towel features Mario’s eternal enemy, Bowser—known simply as Koopa in Japan. Its convenient size means it can function as a bath towel or a blanket.
D-Tier Prize: Glow-in-the-Dark Boo Soap Dispenser Set (15cm)
Boo loves to hide in the dark and surprise the player then they least expect it. These handy soap dispensers glow in the dark, and are perfect for storing your shampoo, conditioner, or soap. You get both in the set!
E-Tier Prize: Clear Pouches (3 Designs) (12cm-18cm)
These three cute pouches vary in size and can be used for storing all your little things.
F-Prize: Brick Block Mamezara Plates (4 Designs) (8.5cm)
When you stack all four of these plates on top of each other the outer part makes it look like the iconic Brick Blocks from the video games. They are a great addition to any tabletop meal.
G-Prize: Packaged Towel Collection (8 Designs) (25cm)
The packaging designs of these mini towels are based on their respective video game cases. The packaging itself zips up so you can store whichever of the 8 towels you choose from away safely.
Last One Prize: Invincible Super Star Handy Fan (20cm)
This Super Star fan is holdable and can also be placed down thanks to the Question Block. This special “Last One” prize will be given out as the very last prize to people who draw the final lot.
Which of these items do you want the most?
Super Mario Bros. Lottery Collection (Japanese Title: 一番くじ スーパーマリオブラザーズ いつでもマリオ！ コレクション)
Price: ¥650 per turn (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://bpnavi.jp/t/itsudemo_mario
*Select branches not participating
*You must book in advance to enter Nintendo TOKYO – most info can be found on their Twitter page
*Displayed photos are for illustrative purposes only
*The information featured in this article is subject to change without notice
Super Mario x PARCO Launch Summer 2021 Campaign
Japanese department store chain PARCO is teaming up with Super Mario from June 25 for a special summer campaign which will see stores selling items made in collaboration with the video game franchise.
PARCO Grand Bazaar
Collaboration Item Fair
XLARGE | T-Shirt
LOEWE | Pouch
CABANE de ZUCCa | T-Shirt
FURFUR | Bag
Lily Brown | Knitwear
TiCTAC | Wristwatch
NUBIAN | Shirt
KIMONO by NADESHIKO | Yukata
Angelic Pretty | Dress
Maison de FLEUR | Bag
Ojaga Design | Keyrings
KiU | Poncho
Discover Japan Lab. | Folding Fan
une nana cool | Pouch
Shimamura Gakki | Electric Piano
Super Mario Hand Towel / PARCO Online Store Exclusive Gift Box
Nintendo TOKYO POP-UP STORE
Over 60 brands tied to PARCO are participating in the Collaboration Item Fair, and Nintendo TOKYO is also opening its first pop-up store. Join Mario this summer.
Super Mario x PARCO
Start Date: June 25, 2021
Campaign Site: https://parco.jp/supermario/
PARCO Grand Bazaar
Running: June 25, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Special Site: https://parco.jp/supermario/gb/
Collaboration Item Fair
Running: July 1, 2021 – July 20, 2021 / General Sale: From July 21, 2021
Where: PARCO / PARCO Online Store
Special Site: https://parco.jp/supermario/item/
Dress Like EarthBound’s Ness With New Era’s Hat Collection
New Era has announced its first collaboration with the Mother video game series, also known as EarthBound outside Japan. Two hats, one inspired by Ness’s hat from Mother 2, and a ‘SMAAAASH!!’ version, will be released at the Mother no Hiroba pop-up shop at Shibuya PARCO as well as at participating TOCHIBI stores in Japan on July 1.
NEW ERA® 9FIFTY™ SMAAAASH!!/Ness – ¥7,700 Each (Tax Included)
Both hats feature New Era’s iconic 59FIFTY® model, which was first released in 1954, and feature the 9FIFTY™ snapback adjuster. One is coloured red and blue with a white top, just like Ness, and the other is full black with the word ‘SMAAAASH!!’ on the front.
The Mother no Hiroba pop-up shop will be open at Hobo Nichijo on the 8th floor of Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo from July 1 to 11. EarthBound fans can get their hands on a range of related merchandise.
©SHIGESATO ITOI / Nintendo ©HOBONICHI
MOTHER x New Era Collection
Released Date: July 1, 2021
Product Details: https://www.1101.com/n/s/mother2_newera_pre
MOTHER no Hiroba Pop-Up Shop
Running: July 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Hobo Nichijo (Shibuya PARCO Floor 8F)
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Turns Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas released a new collection of traditional Japanese wagashi confections and tarts inspired by the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on June 15.
Tabemas Demon Slayer
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour.
Their line-up of three confections are based on Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Zenitsu from the series, each of which captures their charm points in terms of colour and design. Tanjiro is chocolate flavoured, Nezuko is strawberry, and Zenitsu is custard.
Tabemas Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 2021 | ¥285 Each (Tax Included)
Demon Slayer Tarts
Tabemas has also baked up some no-baked cheesecake tarts featuring designs of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Tomioka, Kyojuro, and Shinobu.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Tarts | ¥249 Each (Tax Included)
Tabemas Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 2021
Released: June 15, 2021
Available: At the chilled sweets section of Lawson convenience stores in Japan
*Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100 stores not participating
Pompompurin’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated With Limited Edition Dessert at FamilyMart
15.June.2021 | FOOD
Sanrio teamed up with the convenience store chain FamilyMart to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their popular character Pompompurin with a special soufflé and macarons that hit shelves up and down Japan on June 8.
Pompompurin Soufflé Pudding | ¥276 (Before Tax)
Pompompurrin & Cinnamoroll Macarons | ¥350 (Before Tax)
Pom’s Kitchen Campaign
The Japanese pudding-style soufflé is made with smooth and velvety custard and caramel. It’s sold in a cup in three different original designs. Also available as part of the celebration is a set of macarons made to look like Pompompurin as well as Cinnamoroll, another one of Sanrio’s most popular characters. They are wearing cute king and queen crowns respectively.
A campaign is also being held where you can win some special Pompompurin merchandise by posting a photo of a rice dish inspired by Pompompurin on social media. More details can be found on the campaign website below.
Morinaga’s Milk Caramel Turns Into Delicious Desserts at MINISTOP
15.June.2021 | FOOD
MINISTOP Japan released three new desserts in collaboration with Morinaga on Tuesday: the Morinaga Milk Caramel Baumkuchen, Morinaga Milk Caramel Pound Cake, and Morinaga Milk Caramel Roll Cake.
Morinaga Milk Caramel Baumkuchen
Morinaga Milk Caramel Pound Cake
Morinaga Milk Caramel Roll Cake
Morinaga’s “Milk Caramel” is a long-selling product that has been sold for over 100 years. The triple dessert release coincides with Milk Caramel Day, a day by Morinaga that falls on June 10 to commemorate the flavour. The tasty caramel delights make as the perfect accompaniment during coffee breaks, when working, when studying, or just as a little treat.
The desserts are now available at all MINISTOP convenience stores in Japan.
MINISTOP x Morinaga Milk Caramel
Released: June 8, 2021
Available: MINISTOP Japan
Official Website: https://www.ministop.co.jp/
Dragalia Lost Sound Collection Announced For June 2021 Release
It has been announced that a new album compiling the in-game event music from Dragalia Lost will be released on June 30, 2021. Dragalia Lost is an action role-playing smartphone game developed by Cygames and published by Nintendo.
The two-disc album features artists such as TAKU INOUE, ANCHOR, SiN, Shūhei Mutsuki, Sekihan, M･A･O, BlooDye, Setsuko (from Kuhaku Gokko), Takayoshi Tanimoto, Shiki Aoki, Megumi Ogata, Hironao Nagayama, and more. The first disc features 16 tracks while the second has 22 instrumental tracks. It also comes with a lyric booklet and 60-page artbook. Each copy of the album is also coupled with an application ticket to receive an in-game item.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION is a must-grab for fans of the game.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION
Release Date: June 30, 2021
Where: Amazon Japan / Tower Records / HMV Japan / TSUTAYA / Rakuten Books / TOY’S STORE
Dragalia Lost Official Website: https://dragalialost.com/jp/
Detective Conan Turns Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
In promotion of the latest entry to the Detective Conan anime film series, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, which was released on March 18, Bandai released two traditional Japanese wagashi sweets from its Tabemas confection series at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on April 23.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
The sweets feature titular character Conan Edogawa and FBI agent Shuichi Akai from the new film, recreating their looks in adorable detail and making the custard and chocolate flavoured respectively. The colours of the confections are naturally-derived from the ingredients used, meaning no artificial colourings are used.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
Released: April 23, 2021
Price: ¥278 Each (Tax Included)
Available: The chilled desserts corners of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Original Soundtrack to be Released in Three Versions
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released for the Nintendo Switch in March last year, and I’m sure many of us who have played it have the soundtrack on repeat in our heads daily. Now fans can get their hands on the game’s official soundtrack which will be released in three versions: the BGM Edition which features the background music, the K.K. Slider Edition which has instrumental versions of all of the K.K.’s songs on it, and the First Press Limited Pressing Edition.
The First Press Limited Pressing Edition is a special version which includes a specially-made earphone case for storing your earphones as well as the K.K. Slider Jacket Artworks artbook featuring the CD covers of all of K.K.’s songs you can get in game.
BGM Edition | ¥4,950 (Tax Included) | 4 Discs | COCX-41434~7
Features all in-game background music including all the different tracks that play every hour during the game’s 24-hour day cycle, music that plays depending on the weather, at in-game facilities on the island, event music, and more, for a total of 173 tracks. It also features a bonus track that was released back in May 2020 on Twitter.
K.K. Slider Instrumental Music Edition | ¥4,400 (Tax Included) | 3 Discs | COCX-41438~40
This edition features 95 instrumental songs from the beloved K.K. Slider spread across three discs.
BGM Edition + K.K. Slider Instrumental Music Edition | ¥11,000 (Tax Included) | 7 Discs
This version includes the earphone case, both editions, and the artbook, all packaged in a limited-edition box.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Original Soundtrack CD
Release Date: June 9, 2021
Official Website: https://columbia.jp/atsumori/
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)
The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.
The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.
©2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD. 著作(株)サンリオ
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour
Japanese Product Name: もちもちポムポムプリン焼き プリン味
Released: April 13, 2021
Where: Lawson Japan (Select branches not participating, and not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100)
Japan’s Kirby Café Announces Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair
If you didn’t know, Kirby’s birthday falls on April 27. To celebrate, Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata have announced the Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair event which will run from April 1 to May 9 where customers can get their fingers on some delicious birthday treats and items.
Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up
Happy Birthday☆Kirby | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
No birthday is complete without a fitting cake. This one is loaded with fruit, strawberry cream, an icing cookie, and other delicious treats. Make sure to get yourself a slice before Kirby inhales it whole!
Kirby 29th Birthday Badge | ¥594 (Tax Included)
Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
TOKYO BOX Candy (Lemon Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included) | Exclusive to Kirby Café Tokyo
Candy (Soda Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Candy (Strawberry Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Happy Birthday
Running: April 1, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Bookings: Not mandatory but recommended
Kirby Café Tokyo: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
Kirby Café Hakata: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Tokyo
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Nintendo Releases Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S for the Switch
25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 18. The game was published by Crypton Future Media, who are known for creating VOCALOID, and comes as their first-ever puzzle game. The game is available for 25% off until March 31.
The main visual for the game was created by illustrator NEGI
The game is the expanded and complete version of Hatsune Miku Logic Paint -MIKULOGI- which was released for smartphones in March 2020. Players use the numbers in the top and left-hand sides of the screen to fill in a grid of square in order to create an image. They can also use the X marks to prevent mistakes. The images include illustrations of Piapro characters including Hatsune Miku and her familiar line-up of friends.
Players can also set their favourite songs to play in the home and puzzle screens and can unlock more songs by collecting Stars.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S builds on the MIKULOGI version by introducing even more puzzles – over 350, including the addition of new 20 x 20 puzzles alongside the original 5 x 5, 10 x 10, and 15 x 15. Players can now choose favourite Piapro character to solze puzzles together with, including Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko. There are also Missions for players to complete which will unlock artwork and 18 different songs.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
Released: March 18, 2021
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_mobile
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp