Japan gets all the best stuff; we know this, you know this, everyone knows this. It's just one of those things that you have to accept in life, like the fact that dropped toast will always land butter-side down or that you're guaranteed to unwittingly wear white on bolognaise night.
The latest Japan-exclusive goodies that have us eyeing our passport — and wishing that a) games writers were paid considerably more, and b) that we weren't in the middle of a pandemic that makes foreign travel a dicey prospect — are these six incredibly cute gashapon that will soon be appearing at Nintendo Tokyo pop-up stores.
As spotted by Before Mario (an excellent account that you should definitely follow), these keychain accessories are based on the button groupings from Famicom and NES controllers and they'll be available from special gacha machines placed at various Parco pop-up stores appearing across the Japanese capital between now and the end of August.
Take a look at the announcement tweet below, followed by the Google-powered (and slightly wonky) English translation:
[New product] [POP-UP]#NintendoTOKYO "Controller Button Collection", a capsule toy sold in advance at pop-up stores, is now available. Look forward to seeing which NES released overseas will appear in the nostalgic Famicom.
It looks like they'll be 500 yen a pop (or 500 yen for a 'roll of the dice'). Before Mario also says there's a secret seventh item available on top of the six items shown above. Want. So. Much!
If you're not a resident of Japan and you're prone to jealousy, it's probably best you give the Nintendo Tokyo Official Store Twitter account a miss — it's filled with improbably lovely plastic and other swag that you can't easily procure. For example:
Are these little controller doohickeys functional? No. Practical in any way at all? Nooooo. Worth phoning up vague acquaintances and work colleagues from years ago who you heard might be living in Japan to get the full set sent over at great effort and expense? Youbetchya.
[source twitter.com, via twitter.com]
Why does Japan get all the Nintendo themed tat.
More crap destined for landfill
I remember an old kids show called 'How 2' explained the toast thing. It's basically the height of the average table is just enough to allow the toast the rotate 180 degrees before hitting the ground. They built a table twice the height and the toast rotated a full 360 degrees and landed butter side up.
These button things are cool though! Do they click like an actual controller? Like a fidget cube?
Big want. Japan gets all the cool tat.
That was a well written article! Made me smile a few times 😂
Hahaha you took the words right out of my mouth! 😂
As a former resident of Osaka, I can confirm that yes, Japan has mastered stuff and does indeed get all the best of it.
I repatriated over 15 years ago, though. Thanks for reopening old wounds Kate!
I would love one of those NES segments for a keychain. 😁
Love the Famicom culture in Japan, its like a religion. I would be all over this stuff if I lived there.
Ridiculous Happy Meal toys minus the french fries.
These are actually pretty cute fidget toys. I really want one.
Why would anybody want this? If you have the actual controller, you already have this item in its working function. Save your money for games!
Interesting that Japan is getting stuff based on the Western NES redesign. Normally it’s just the Famicom aesthetic.
@Peteykins If the d-pad can actually be pressed and feels like the original, it's probably among the better stress relievers and therapy tools.
@HamatoYoshi @Savino @JasmineDragon
And here is the reason it won't release outside of Japan!
I'm surprised they decided to also include the NES design, it's usually ignored in favor of Famicom only.
Would like to have one of these to relieve some work stress.
@dew12333 I'm totally okay with that. I like my Japanese pop culture as much as the next geek, but not everything that comes from there is automatically amazing.
@HamatoYoshi Except you know these won't end up in landfill for a long time, and will likely be on eBay at high prices. I get what you mean, but I think your criticism would be better aimed at single-use plastics
❗I hope these come to MyNintendo as I have 🥈Platinum Points to spend...
Now that's nice. For plastic trash.
Is nostalgia hitting Japan?!
Ugh, I'd love one of these. I have pretty severe anxiety from a viral infection I've been healing from for a year now and having one of these to use as a fidget cube or something would be so awesome. Guess I'll just have to take a chainsaw to a broken NES controller instead to make my own lol
Would be great for MyNintendo goodies.
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