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Build-A-Bear Mudkip

Build-A-Bear revealed its latest Pokemon plushie today, and fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on one for Mudkip.

Mudkip is a Water-type Pokemon with a large head featuring orange gills and a blue fin on top. It first showed up in the series’ third games, Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was one of the biggest films of the year, and it provided a boost to Nintendo’s overall business. Details about this were provided as part of the company’s latest financial results.

Nintendo spoke about the movie’s success and how “sell-through of evergreen (Switch) titles related to Super Mario from April through September increased appreciably year-on-year.” The Big N’s mobile apps and merchandise saw an increase as well.

According to a financial results briefing document, over 330 million Nintendo Accounts have been registered. Nintendo says it has even been able to reach consumers where Switch isn’t sold.

The document also acknowledges how, in the past, “it was not easy to maintain users’ information across platform generations”. But now Nintendo Accounts “will be a foundation upon which Nintendo can maintain a lasting relationship with consumers.”

The full note reads:

Zelda live action movie

A new live-action movie for The Legend of Zelda is now in development, Nintendo just announced.

As was the case with The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Shigeru Miyamoto is on board and will act as producer. Avi Arad, chairman of Arad Productions Inc., will be producing as well. Wes Ball is serving as director.

Banjo-Kazooie Duet statue

A new Banjo-Kazooie Duet statue has just gone up for pre-order from First 4 Figures.

The statue is inspired by the game’s intro. It shows Banjo strumming the banjo and Kazooie playing the kazoo, “perfectly capturing their upbeat expressions and the joyful atmosphere of the intro.”

Nintendo financial results November 2023

Nintendo just reported its financial results for November 2023, which covers the first six months of the company’s latest financial year. Per usual, the latest documents cover Switch sales, company data, and more.

Here are the full highlights:

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Super Mario Bros Ground theme main

In an interview with NHK, longtime Super Mario Bros. composer Koji Kondo discussed the original game’s music and the making of the Ground Theme.

Kondo spoke with the outlet about how his first go at the track was scrapped. That’s because when it came to the actual gameplay and not just more of a still image that he initially saw, “the rhythm of that song didn’t really match.” Kondo also mentioned his overall goal for the game, which was to “create enjoyable music never seen before using only three notes.”

LEGO Super Mario Nabbit at Toad's Shop Expansion Set

Two more LEGO Super Mario products are arriving soon with the Nabbit at Toad’s Shop Expansion Set and Penguin Family Snow Adventure Expansion Set. Both are planned for the end of the year.

The first one has a Yellow Toad and Nabbit toy figure. It also comes with a buildable shop with assorted toy / food accessories and a shopping cart to inspire creative role-play. Mario, Luigi, and Peach can also be used for interactive play as you can jump on an Action Tag to greet Yellow Toad, get digital food items such as ice cream, fruit and cookies from the shop, and stomp on Nabbit’s bag to get various digital items.

SEGA wants Sonic to surpass Mario

In an interview posted on its website, SEGA executive director and Osamu Ohashi was asked about how Sonic will be developed in the future. That led Ohashi to mention how the goal is for the franchise to surpass Mario.

He pointed out how SEGA respects Mario, but never actually achieved the goal of surpassing him. Not only does the company want Sonic to be played worldwide, but also for the movies to do better and for Sonic to be featured at Universal Studios.

new Wario voice actor Kevin Afghani

Kevin Afghani was recently confirmed as the voice of Mario and Luigi, and unsurprisingly, it looks like he was cast as the actor for Wario as well.

That news comes from the credits in WarioWare: Move It, which has the character having new voice lines since Charles Martinet retired from the role. Afghani is listed as the game’s principle performer. Given how it was already announced that he’s the new voice actor for Mario and Luigi, the news about Wario doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

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