BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION – BATTLE FORTRESS

Fan of Beyblades? Well, we’ve got a ton of ’em: old ones, new ones and some available for pre-order if you want to make sure you guarantee that you get the latest and greatest of the spinning tops. Check ’em out in our BeyBlade Metal Fusion Section!

We’ve got everything from Dark Bull Red to Storm Pegasus Blue, Earth Eagle to the electronic Dark Wolf, plus launchers, assembly chambers, stadiums and more! If you’re a collector, you’ve come to the right place. And of course, if you’re a super-fan, then there’s even more to see in November when a brand new game–BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION BATTLE FORTRESS–hits shelves! If you haven’t gotten a chance to learn about it, here’s a quick demo review from Platform Nation!

Spinning it’s way to your Nintendo Wii and DS November 9, 2010 is Beyblade Metal Fusion-Battle Fortress. This upcoming game that you may recognize from the TV show or maybe you own a few Beyblades yourself is set to be a great game for fans and that is the only targeted audience I can think of. The game follows a game specific story that has characters from the TV show and you find yourself looking for answers as to where the worlds most powerful Beyblades are disappearing to. The game will have 4 player battle mode that will allow you to play with 3 of your friends or AI. The game is set to have customizable stadiums and various terrains to do battle.

I played this game on the Wii and that is where it should be played as you are attempting to knock out other Beyblades and progress the story. The function of the Wii controller is where this game should be played and I think fans that pick it up on the DS will be disappointed. Now don’t count this game out as there are a lot of fans out there of the TV series and the physical Beyblades themselves, but I found out that I am not in that category after playing the game.

Naturally, you’ll have to play it yourself to truly form an opinion, but for now, learn all you can! And check out the trailer right here!

Mario Figurines and the 3DS Launch Titles!

Over in our Super Mario section at CmdStore, you can find Series 2 of Nintendo’s Collector’s Tin 2-inch figures!

Featuring six new figures to grow your collection, the figures are available as 2-figure tins or snaggable as a 3-tin (six-figure!) set. They’re from Goldie Marketing and make a great addition to any Nintendo fan’s toyshelf! Here they are.

MARIO AND LAKITU

LUIGI AND KOOPA TROOPA

DAISY AND SHY GUY

SET OF ALL 3

And in other Nintendo news, here’s some exciting info from 411 Mania

Nintendo has officially confirmed the launch titles set to accompany the 3DS when it launches in Japan on February 26, 2011. Currently, no Mario games have been announced for launch which is definitely surprising. However, Nintendo has Mario Kart and Paper Mario (working titles) in development and early reports have them slated for a later release date in 2011.

Below are the official launch titles for the 3DS.

* Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS
* Nintendogs + Cats
* Pilotwings Resort
* Pro Baseball Spirits
* Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
* Ridge Racer 3D
* Samurai Warriors Chronicle
* Steel Diver
* Super Monkey Ball
* Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

The Other M: Nintendo Fixes the Bug! Plus: Statues!

Nintendo’s new Metrod: Other M is hotly-anticipated and sure to rise to the top as part of their signature franchise, but that’ll have to be after they fix something that’s gone wrong. Here’s a look and the story from Kotaku.

Metroid: The Other M has a game-freezing bug. In Japan, Nintendo has a fix. It involves sending things on a truck.

The bug has been causing players to get stuck in the Section 3 section of the game. Stuck as stuck and not able to get out. It’s a game-breaking bug. Some players are unable to get a door with a red lock open after swinging past three grappling points.

The bug does not affect all players. It is apparently caused when players double back to a save point after defeating an enemy. Players that continue straight ahead do not experience the bug.

In Japan, Nintendo is offering to rectify the problem. The Kyoto-based company is asking players to either send a SD card with their save files or their Wii console (with its 512MB of internal Flash memory) to its service center in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

It is not necessary for players to send a copy of their game. Nintendo says it will take a week to fix the game and will cover the cost of shipping.

In an official release, Nintendo humbly apologizes for any trouble this bug has caused.

Kotaku is contacting Nintendo of America to see if a similar program will be offered.

Hopefully, they’ll get a positive response. I know from a bad experience involving an oft-forgotten and underrated game called “Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” that it’s infuriating to encounter a blocked door and have to start all over again just because you dared to save.

But in some happier or at least lighter Metroid related news, we’ve got a very un-buggy and non-defective statue available that might put a smile on the face of fans! And here she is:

Clad in her skin-tight ZERO SUIT, Samus Aran stands at about 7 inches tall and comes from First For Figures and PBM Express.

PBM Express is extremely proud to present Samus Aran’s Zero Suit, the third collectible statues in First 4 Figures highly anticipated suit series based on Retro Studios Metroid Prime game trilogy. This version is based on the Zero Suit seen at the end of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. First 4 Figures has used the official game files in order to create an extremely accurate recreation of the Zero Suit. She comes armed with her signature pistol and has curves in all the right places! The Zero Suit was first seen in Metroid: Zero Mission, ending sequences of Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime Hunters, and is making an appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl.Cast in high quality poly-stone, the statue is hand finished and hand painted. Comes packed in a foam interior full colored box with a card of authenticity. Artist: Original Metroid game data with modification by Jiang Di.

Just like Donkey Kong…

…This gorilla seems pretty keen on getting its hands on Mario!

At the San Francisco Zoo yesterday, photographer Christina Spicuzza captured five pictures of gorillas playing around with a DSi XL. They later touched a monolith and used the handheld to slay an eohippus.

I kid! I kid! The story here goes that a kid dropped his DSi XL into the primates’ enclosure, and the larger gorilla seen here picked it up. A younger gorilla came over and asked for it, and was refused.

A zookeeper went in and traded the device for a much more useful apple, giving it back to the kid who dropped it. Spicuzza reports that, despite the fall and some gorilla slobber, the DSi XL still works, like a Samsonite suitcase.

Read the rest of this Kotaku article and see more pictures right here!

And, of course, while we’re on the topic of all things Nintendo and its main man, Mario, we’ve just gotten the 2-inch figure set collecting all of of series 1-6 of the Mario toy line! Check it out below, or click here to see the rest of our epic Super Mario collection!

New SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Action Figures from Jazwares!

Look out! There are brand new Sonic the Hedgehog Figures headed your way!

Jazwares’ Sonic collection is already pretty substantial, but as demand stays strong, they’re meeting it by coming out with a bunch of new figures that fans will be pleased to see. It’s been a heck of a long time for Sonic, with a host of successful games, recent Nintendo crossovers and the development of new adventures–not to mention the show. It’s no wonder that this enduring franchise is enjoying a second wind; something with a lifespan like that definitely has a solid fanbase and one that is more than willing to support the Blue Blur as he ages.

Below, check out the figures we just got in stock: Metal Sonic, Silver the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog and two different versions of Knuckles the Echidna. Enjoy!

Super Mario Mini Figures: 6-figure Box Set

Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bullet Bill, Bob-Omb and a Goomba make up the new Super Mario 6-Figure Box Set from Nintendo!

Each figure is about 2 inches tall and the clean-cut style and molding of the pieces is great for capturing the looks of Nintendo’s most popular heroes and villains. They’re great for any fan of the games, both old and new, and will not only look awesome when displayed, but pretty much demand to be set up as though they’re all part of a level running across the length of your shelf. In fact, I am going to go ahead and say that I insist you set them up that way.

This box set joins the rest of the Nintendo collection, which you can (and should) check out here.

Beyblade Metal Fusion meets Nintendo!

We’ve just started stocking the latest and greatest new items from the Beyblade Metal Fusion collection. The Beyblade trend is experiencing a great resurgence in popularity and fans will be pleased to know that this is likely going to mean new products, new shows and new merch. Already, there’s a metal fusion video game being released, but we’ll talk about that in a minute.

First, here’s the official list of Metal Fusion Beyblades 2-inch battle tops we’ve got in stock:
Storm Pegasus Blue
Storm Aquario Blue
Dark Wolf DF Red
Dark Bull Red
Rock Leone Turquoise
Rock Aries Purple
Dark Gasher Red
The Whole Collection

They look a little something like this (which is the Dark Bull Red top):

Now, about the title of this blog: well, it’s good news for Beyblade fans and gamers alike! Coming this holiday season to the Wii and the Nintendo DS, you’l find a Beyblade Metal Fusion video game. Not a ton has been said about it, but there’s a trailer out, now, and you can take a look below!

From Atomic Gamer:

Based on of the incredibly popular Beyblade TV show, BeyBlade: Metal Fusion is set to blast off on Nintendo DS and Wii! The blades have returned for a shot at the World Beyblading Championships. The action is hotter than ever with each team bringing their magically enhanced spinning blades to battle. Each blade is customized with magical powers to fight each with both offense and defensive abilities. With each blade containing special abilities no battle will be the same! Different from the actual toy, the game offers special abilities for each blades. Execute the Special attack to inflict enormous damage to your opponent! Become the No.1 Beyblader by utilizing customization actions and attacks!

Mario Kart Wii Figures: Pull-speed and Micro RC toys!

It did seem to take a while, but North America’s finally received the a collection of toys from the massively popular Mario Kart Wii! The Mario Kart Wii figures and vehicles include both pull-speed and RC options and both Mario and the sinister Wario are currently available. The micro remote control Mario is an especially fun choice, including a banana and a red shell to foil any opponents and a spare set of wheels in case that risky driving takes its toll. Definitely a great choice for fans of the game.

Another little bit of good news, though, is the potential arrival of an SNES emulator on the brand new iPad. iSmashPhone shows us through the glory of the classic Super Mario Kart.

Put down the Visine, bunky, your eyes are not deceiving you — that IS SNES Mario Kart running on an iPad, courtesy of emulator guru ZodTTD. So with various iPad jailbreaks already popping up like so many (Mario World!) mushrooms, it may be just a matter of time before you can drop the game ROM and Zod’s snes4iphone emulator onto your pwned ‘Pad and speed away.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Zod’s claiming he created a “legal” (i.e. no-jailbreak-required) version of the emulator, even going so far as to submit it to the App Store:

The build of snes4iphone running on my iPad as seen in the video was actually based on an AppStore app I submitted called “snesty”. Apple quickly rejected it right after pulling the NES emulator. I combined snesty with some snes4iphone features such as using the private API called CoreSurface. I used Apple developer tools and self signed it.

He also promises a version of the emulator that’ll support the iPad’s 1024 x 768 native resolution and even touchscreen controls.

Finally, if you haven’t gotten your hands on what is, after a few years, still #32 on Amazon’s video game list, here’s a link!
Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel

Bigger is Better: The Nintendo DSi XL

Look at the size of that thing!

A brand new DSi is about to hit shelves and it’s got one major selling point: the thing is big. Sure, it’s also got a brighter, sharper screen that will make Professor Layton’s declarations of “INCORRECT” all the more shameful, but mostly this is just an upgrade that’s meant to spare our generation’s poor, strained eyes. I know it’ll do me some good, though I’m not sure I’ll upgrade–possible the DS Lite’s greatest fault is that it’s so durable I have no motivation to get rid of it!

Here’s the word from CNet:

It was just about a year ago that Nintendo released the DSi handheld system, the next evolutionary iteration of the company’s hugely popular DS portable hardware. Boasting two tiny cameras and larger screens, we only recommended the device for those who were new to the world of DS gaming or wanted access to the online DSi Shop.

At a press conference Wednesday morning in San Francisco, Nintendo officially unveiled the remaining details about the next DS to hit North America. The DSi XL features even larger screens (93 percent bigger compared with the DS Lite) and has a much wider viewing angle. Set to go for $190, we’ll see the DSi XL in stores on March 28 in two colors (burgundy and bronze).

We got some hands-on time with the DSi XL earlier this month and were instantly surprised by its weight. It’s noticeably heavier than both the DSi Lite and DSi, but we actually enjoyed the sturdiness. Obviously, the most notable detail about the DSi XL is its size, and while our Nintendo rep said it’s still “pocketable,” we can’t imagine a scenario where the DSi XL would fit comfortably in a pair of jeans.

When we first flipped the DSi XL open, we were blown away by the two enormous screens. Even more impressive was the fact that video quality didn’t seem to suffer as a result of enlarging games beyond the size of their native aspect. While we had fears about pixilated performance when the XL was first announced, we’re happy to report that games look great, as our demo with Mario Kart DS proved.

Nintendo is branding the DSi XL as a “social” device, partly because of the dual screens’ generous viewing angle. We tested this claim out with an XL set up on a tabletop and couldn’t find a perspective that seemed to dim the display. While this improvement was no doubt exaggerated by having an old DS “fat” nearby to compare to, the screens truly are vibrant, unlike any DS system currently available.

We also really liked the new stylus the XL will ship with that closely resembles a pen or permanent marker. It’s by far the most comfortable first-party stylus yet, though it won’t snap into the device for storage like those before it. We’ll have our full review of the DSi XL in coming weeks, so stay tuned to CNET Reviews for the latest. For now, be sure to check out our First Look at the Nintendo DSi XL in the video player above.

Of course, our blog is figure-related, so while we’re talking about Nintendo, Mario and the gang, here’s a link to our Super Mario section on Cmdstore.com. We’ve got vehicles, plush toys, figures of all sizes, pixellated keychains, cards and more. Just the thing for any retro gamer or anyone currently following the many adventures of Mario (hopefully via Bowser’s Inside Story–that game was awesome.)! Check it out!

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CiNG Goes Down

When I first heard about the game Hotel Dusk for the Nintendo DS, I knew that it was exactly the kind of thing I’d been missing: a story-driven game with mystery elements and a point-and-click interface that would be as close to the Lucasarts collection as I could hope to get. When I got my hands on it, I was not disappointed in anything but the brevity of what was a very well put-together game. It had some of the best dialogue writing the Nintendo has seen in years and truly lovable characters who genuinely felt real and interesting.

They’ve announced an upcoming sequel and I look eagerly forward to its release, hoping it will provide answers to the questions that remained at the end of Hotel Dusk. Unfortunately, though, if I finish the next game without closure, I might never get it. Why not? Well…

Here’s the unfortunate news from The Nintendo World Report:

On March 1, developer Cing began the process of declaring bankruptcy in Japan. The company currently lists a debt of 256,000,000 yen (2.5 million USD), and their case is being handled by Japanese legal firm Mihoko Kido.

Cing is best known for creating the DS titles Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Trace Memory. They also produced a Wii sequel to Trace Memory (released in Japan and Europe, but not the Americas), and co-developed Little King’s Story for Wii along with Town Factory. Their last DS titles, Hotel Dusk sequel Last Window: Midnight Promise and Again: Eye of Providence, will be released later in the year.