Nintendo Shares Details on Mario Maker, New Legend of Zelda Games

On Friday, Nintendo game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma appeared via video at The Game Awards in Las Vegas to share new details on Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U.

Mario Maker lets users create their own Mario levels. This includes the ability to tap the Wii U GamePad screen to change the look of a level design to those of previous Super Mario games, such as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and the New Super Mario Bros. U. Each style includes game mechanics unique to their respective games, and players can integrate these mechanics into designs for the various titles featured in the game. Mario Maker will launch next year, which marks the 30th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game.

In the latest installment of The Legend of Zelda franchise, players can pinpoint locations on the map on the Wii U GamePad, which then appear as beacons in the game as navigation aids. Miyamoto and Aonuma shared information on Epona, Link’s horse, which in the new game avoids trees and obstacles, just as a real horse would do, leaving players free to use Link’s sword or shoot arrows.

Nintendo won four Game Awards on the night, including Developer of the Year, Best Fighting Game for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Best Sports/Racing Game for Mario Kart 8 and Best Family Game for Mario Kart 8. In other news, the company set a March 13 launch date for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., which will have multiplayer mode that lets players compete against one another in local and online matches on their Nintendo 3DS.

ToyFest West Returns to Las Vegas for Third Year

The annual ToyFest West trade show will take place for the third year in Las Vegas. It will be held at the South Point Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, and the Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) will once again offer the popular promotion of a free Monday night when attendees book Saturday and Sunday night at the host hotel.  The offer is limited to the first 300 rooms booked.

At ToyFest, more than 700 established and new vendors alike unveil their products for the upcoming year. Products include traditional toys, hobby, dress-up, craft, infant and toddler, museum, science, and more.

Information on the show, manufacturers and representatives that will be present, the special room rate, and the program can be found at ToyFest West’s homepage, or by calling (909) 899-3753.

Konami Exhibits Upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Products at GAMA Trade Show

YuGiOhKonami Digital Entertainment Inc. showcased its product portfolio, including 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game products, at the Game Manufacturers Association’s annual trade show in Las Vegas on March 19 to 20. The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards include the Legacy of the Valiant: Deluxe Edition line, which came out earlier this month and features nine booster packs, foil versions, promotional sleeves, and preview cards of upcoming cards.

Meanwhile, the Premium Gold set will hit store shelves on March 28 and includes rare and never released cards. The last product for spring release is the Dragons of Legend booster packs, debuting on April 25, which contain cards from all four seasons of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV show.

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Toy Fest West 2014 to Be Held in Las Vegas

toyfestThe Western Toy & Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) will hold its annual West Coast Toy Trade Show for its second year at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

WTHRA’s 2014 ToyFest West Show, the largest toy show in the west, will feature more than 600 manufacturers, serving as the West Coast premiere for their new 2014 products. In addition to toys, other represented categories include infant and toddler, gift, educational, museum, hobby, and costume.  Traditionally a manufacturers’ representative show, the move to Las Vegas saw an increase in vendor attendance, which will continue in 2014. Retailers who attend will be able to see numerous first quarter specials and unique industry events.

Attendees receive Monday night free when they book to stay Saturday and Sunday night (March 8 and 9). This offer is limited to the first 300 rooms booked.

For more information on Toy Fest West, the manufacturers and representatives who will be present, the special room rate, and the 2014 program, visit www.toyfestwest.com  or call (909) 899-3753.

ABC Kids Expo’s 2013 Show Moves Back to Vegas

ABC Kids Expo will be moving its 2013 show back to Las Vegas after feedback from industry participants, announced All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC), the parent company and organizer of the trade show. The location for the upcoming 10th Annual Expo, to be held October 14-17, 2012, will remain at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Most of the exhibit space for the 2012 show (75 percent) has been sold.

ABC says it is working closely with Louisville officials and suppliers to address concerns for the 2012 show. Concerns being discussed include improving healthy food options and reduction in wait times, reconstructing the expo center’s Wi-Fi system, and having more restaurant options in the city on Sunday.

For more information, or to register for the 2012 show, visit www.theabcshow.com.

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