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There’s never been a better time for disposable income!

While the economy teeters on recession Japan is unwavering in their temptation of frivolous goods. Since I just spotted SO many of them at the same time today I figured I’d do a roundup. Get your currency converters and international Amazon accounts ready!

The heavy hitter of the day is definitely the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2, a follow-up to the 2019 mini console, only this time there are more weird games I love AND a functional(ish) Mega CD 2 add-on. Well, it’s functional in that it flips open and a miniature copy of Sonic CD snaps inside. The games, sadly, do not play from miniature discs.

“The miniature retro console will cost 9,980 yen, or somewhere around $75. It’s very cute, and appears to come with a simulated miniature cartridge for Virtua Racing and a simulated miniature CD for Sonic the Hedgehog CD. The Sega CD mini add-on is 4,500 yen extra, or about $35.”

Polygon

The full roster of 50 titles and surprise bonuses hasn’t been revealed yet but of the assortment shown I’m already excited for Sonic CD, Silpheed, Virtua Racing, Bonanza Bros., and Thunder Force IV. Although I don’t have the patience for it, I’m also amazed to see The Story of Yumemikan which we got here as Mansion of Hidden Souls. I didn’t realize Sega published that one in Japan and apparently still has ownership of it. If Ranger-X somehow makes it into the package I will absolutely buy this thing. No word yet on a matching Genesis Mini 2 for western release.

Next up is a ridiculously varied assortment of soft Nintendo goods starting with 13 Pikmin plushies and soft desk organizers. The blue Pikmin is the star of the show and on the backside you can fondle his little plush butt. Then there’s a cast of  11 plush items in a new “Super Mario All Star Collection” including my personal favorites Birdo and Mecha-Koopa. Monty Mole and Buzzy Beetle are two more notable standouts along with a plush question block and block bar trio that are storage cubbies. Complete with adorable power-up icons inside. Honestly, I could fill that question block with other question block trinkets I have.

Finally, of least personal interest but still very wholesome and cute, are twenty-seven new hand towels from Pokemon Center Online. I have no idea what I’d do with a small hand towel but “Lovely Flowers with Pikachu” just melts my heart. They’re $5-$10 a piece.

God that’s a lot of cute junk! Check the links for more and bigger images from Impress GameWatch, if you think you can withstand the temptation.

Kingdom Hearts & Disney Nerds Rejoice!

Kingdom Hearts & Disney Nerds Rejoice!

I’m a Disney fan rather than a Kingdom Hearts fan, but I love it when my fandoms collide even if it’s not something I’m into.  If you can make it over to Tokyo Disney Resort between March 26th and June 30th you could try to book these Kingdom Hearts-themed rooms!  The doors even open with a souvenir Key that looks like Sora’s Keyblade.

Check out the rest of the photos over at WDW News Today.

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

hope you like playing free demos because there’s quite a few of them on the PlayStation Store for the week of August 7th! The idea of an adventure platformer mixed with pinball gameplay might sound weird on paper so Team17 has released a demo for last month’s indie darling, Yoku’s Island Adventure. Sega has a new demo out as well for Valkyria Chronicles 4 in hopes that you’ll take the plunge and pre-order ahead of its September release.

Lastly, Spike Chunsoft has a demo of 428: Shibuya Scramble, the PlayStation 4 port of their very, very old visual novel that goes all the way back to 2008. Call it a 10th Anniversary Edition of this peculiar visual novel title that originally hit the Wii, PlayStation Portable, iOS, and Android. This latest iteration will be out on PlayStation 4 and PC in September.

Elsewhere we’ve got goodies for a handful of games including, umm, one that isn’t out for another week. TerraTech has been kicking around Steam Early Access since 2015 but you can grab a free pack of skins ahead of its console debut on the 13th, unless they pull it down as this appears to be a premature release. There’s another console debut this week — a totally legit one — in the form of Daybreak Games’ H1Z1 and you can grab a PlayStation Plus Launch Bundle if you’re a subscriber to decorate your character with a flashy backpack. Lastly, Trove is back with another monthly Blocky Bonus for PlayStation Plus members: the Bounding Bundt Cake.

Rounding out the week are a handful of free Avatar icons from ResetEra with a matching, flashy dynamic theme and a static theme featuring Smite, in case you forgot it was still a game.

Grab ‘n Go gang!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 1st!

It’s August 1st which means the hyperactive video game release season is upon us. But it won’t really break loose until John Madden pokes his head out of a hedgehog hole and curses another player for being featured on the cover of his latest game. That’s why we’re a little thin on freebies this week with a pair of demos, a beta for a hockey game (!?), another free VR music video, and just a few free Avatar icons.

Grab ‘n Go, but bring an extra snack because the offerings are light.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season demo
Is it really the end of Clementine’s Walking Dead story? Check out the beginning of what Telltale is calling The Final Season and see what’s changed over the last six years of these games.

Kabounce Trial
Get your hands on this peculiar 4-player, self-professed pinball game that looks equal parts Rocket League and… maybe Faceball 2000? Yeah, it’s strange.

NHL 19 Beta
No idea what’s up with hockey so I’ll let the copy do the talking: “Play the NHL® 19 Open Beta* and be among the first to experience the World of CHEL and RPM Tech. Step onto the pond in NHL ONES, THREES Drop-In, EASHL Drop-In and Clubs game modes while you unlock gear for your create-a-player. Use traits and specialties to improve your skater or goalie, and express yourself like never before.”

Tom Greenan VR
Also no idea who this guy is so I’ll let the copy do the talking, again: “Join acclaimed UK music artist Tom Grennan and witness a unique behind-the-scenes recording at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios. Enjoy an unforgettable immersive musical experience as Tom and his band perform ‘Royal Highness’ and ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’, two of the biggest tracks from his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’.”

Castaway Paradise
Embody the likeness of your favorite townsfolk from Castaway Paradise, a very Animal Crossing inspired new release on PlayStation 4, with these four free Avatar icons.

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 25th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 25th!

Hi, welcome to the week of July 25th! How are you? No, really, how are you? Take your time because there isn’t a whole lot happening on the PlayStation Store this week.

If you were ever interested in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War but were enraged by their loot box scheme last year, you can now download a free demo knowing that you won’t run into any nagging pop-ups except the one to entice you to buy the full game.

Meanwhile, Koei Tecmo seems to be getting a little desperate for new players in DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round: Core Fighters. This week they’re offering up Raidou as a free character to PlayStation Plus members who download the free-to-play game. Could the end be far off for the fighting service, or is the team just heads-down making even skimpier outfits for the ladies?

It wouldn’t be a PSN update if there weren’t a free theme or Avatars and this week doesn’t disappoint. Grab the colorful Ice Cream Surfer Theme or a handful of Avatar icons from the equally colorful Slime Rancher (Boom Slime, Gold Slime, Pink Slime, The Tarr, Tabby Slime).

Oh yeah? That’s great to hear. No, seriously, I was totally paying attention. Now Grab ‘n Go!