Sweet Suite 2016

Jakks Pacific Rolls Out World of Nintendo Items

c30907ba-b9f5-4172-bbdc-e99a23ae9e8dJakks Pacific Inc. has expanded its licensed World of Nintendo product line with new figures and plush items available this spring. New items include 2.5-inch figures and plush toys with sound effects from the game, and are available now at mass retailers online and in-store.

The World of Nintendo Plush are 7.5 inches and feature characters from the franchises of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and more, and the World of Nintendo Sounds Plush are plush with embroidered details with motion-activated sounds from the game. Kids can collect characters from Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, and more in 2.5-inch limited articulation figures and 4-inch figures.

Nintendo, Minecraft Collide in Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Edition

NintendoMinecraftNintendo has partnered with Mojang and Microsoft to bring together the worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft. On May 17, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will come to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update. Players who download the update will have immediate access to new skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world, and a set of Super Mario-themed music and item textures. [Read more...]

Nintendo, Sonic Partner for Kids Meal Toys

Nintento Paper Jam Sonic ImageSonic and Nintendo have partnered to bring Mario and Luigi to kids’ meals across the country. Between April 19 and June 30, Sonic Drive-Ins are offering customers a toy based on the Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam game with each purchase of a Wacky Pack kids meal. [Read more...]

Nintendo to Release First App for Smart Devices


MiitomoNintendo will launch its first app, Miitomo, in March for iOS and Andriod phones and tablets. Miitomo allows its users to use Mii characters to interact with friends, start conversations, and ask each other questions such as, “Do you believe in aliens?” or “What song has been stuck in your head lately?” Players will also have the ability to use a Miifoto feature take and share photos featuring their Mii. [Read more...]

Minecraft Heads to Nintendo’s Wii U Console

MinecraftWIIU-1Minecraft, from Mojang, is launching worldwide on Nintendo’s Wii U home console on Dec. 17. Minecraft: Wii U Edition will come with multiple add-on content packs, and will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Nintendo and Mojang are also collaborating on new content for Nintendo fans, but the details will release at a future date.

The game will feature off-TV play, so players can keep their games going on the screen of the Wii U GamePad controller if the television is in use. The game also comes with some current Minecraft add-on content packs, including Battle & Beasts Skin Pack, Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack, Natural Texture Pack, City Texture Pack, Fantasy Texture Pack, and Festive Mash-up Pack.  [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Positive Outlook for 2016

After attending the TIA’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, I feel confident that 2016 is going to be an even better year for the toy industry. While the show floor seemed quieter than in years past, the majority of companies I met with were upbeat and excited for holiday 2015 and the year ahead. A number of my meetings were cut short due to drop-ins by Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Toys “R” Us buyers, which is always a good sign.

The industry is expected to be up approximately 6 percent this year, and I expect this success to carry over to 2016. I saw a higher than usual number of new lines, and interesting expansions of successful products, proving that manufacturers are riding high on the wings of rising sales, leaving them willing and able to take some risks. [Read more...]

Skylanders SuperChargers Charges into North American Retail

SkylandersSuperChargers,boxedThis Sunday, Skylanders SuperChargers, from Activision Publishing Inc., will arrive at North American retailers. The new game features Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters, re-imagined as Skylanders for Wii U system starter packs, as well as in Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS systems.

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Nintendo amiibo Sales Reach 7 Million to Date

AmiiboAccording to data from the NPD Group, Nintendo has sold an estimated 7 million amiibo figures to date in the U.S. alone. The news comes out less than a month before Nintendo introduces Animal Crossing Series 1 amiibo Cards, scheduled to launch on September 25, along with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo Keeps on Trucking with Super Mario Maker GameTruck

GameTruck, Nintendo Mario MakerGameTruck has entered a new partnership with Nintendo to bring Super Mario Maker to its fleet of game trucks. Starting on September 18, more than 100 GameTruck vehicles will feature the upcoming game, launching on Wii U on September 11.

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ThinkGeek and GameStop to Launch Unique Store Concept

ThinkGeekLogoThis fall, online retailer ThinkGeek will partner with GameStop to open a new concept retail store focused entirely on collectibles. The first store will open in the Florida Mall in Orlando on September 25.

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