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The very best and worst of games merchandise

PHOENIX WRIGHT PLAYING CARDS

Having a pack of cards is always handy, and it's always nice to have a pack that has something other than the run-of-the-mill pictures. This set features the attorney that made everyone like lawyers again - Phoenix Wright - as the Ace of Hearts, along with other characters from all four of the Nintendo DS games including Maya, Mia, and Edgeworth.

Where'd it come from?: Capcom Japan shop, Play-Asia.com.

MARIO MOUSE

Perhaps not 100% practical but kind of cool nonetheless. This little pixellated Mario figure is also a USB computer mouse. His little red hat? The left side is the left button, and the right side, well, I'm sure you can work it out.

In Japan, there's all kind of awesome Nintendo merchandise to be had that us mere mortals can't get our mitts on in the West, and the Mario mouse is part of a whole series which also includes the star and the mushroom.

Where'd it come from?: Banpresto toy, selected Japanese stores, US and European specialist online retailers.

CHOCOBO RUBBER DUCK

Everyone needs a rubber duck to brighten up their bathroom, and why not geek out and get a cute little Chocobo or two? Judging by his (her?) expression he's not too happy about being in the water, but never mind.

For those of you unfamiliar with chocobos, they are cute yellow creatures, something of a cross between a chicken and a horse, which have become one of the constants in Square Enix's Final Fantasy role-playing series. The little critters are so popular that they've even spawned their own games - namely Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon and Chocobo Tales. Of course, there's plenty more Chocobo merchandise where that came from, including plushies, scarves, pocket watches and t-shirts.

Where'd it come from?: The Square Enix Japan Store.

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29 comments

  • BeastlyB - July 31, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    I would LOVE to get some NMH toilet paper, I wouldn't use it I'd put it on my shelf and stare at it for hours to come I'm getting the feeling one day someone will use it because they ran out of toilet paper NOOOOO! The PW cards look awesome and so does the mario mouse DO WANT!
  • key0blade - January 29, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    lol Shocker glove
  • Maikeru_Go - January 25, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    If they really were going to make darts from DMC, they really needed to have some kind of rose theme to them as it does fit in with that one move from DMC4.
  • thochaos - January 10, 2009 5:25 a.m.

    I have one item from each list. The Big Daddy from the good, and the GTAIV safety deposit box from the bad. The RE4 aftershave looks cool.
  • foarthelulz - January 10, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    maro mouse=awesome
  • foarthelulz - January 10, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    maro mouse=awesome
  • foarthelulz - January 10, 2009 2:37 a.m.

    maro mouse=awesome
  • CandiedJester - January 10, 2009 2:15 a.m.

    I thought that blood was a t-shirt at first O.o And..how did I know know about this Bioshock collectors edition?! D; I might have to pick one of those up >__> I want big daddy statue.. and I agree with kianbung, the aftershave bottle looks pretty cool. It reminds me of the movies.
  • Tomsta666 - January 9, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    I could just go for a nice frosty Pißwasser right about now!!!
  • kianbung - January 9, 2009 8:31 a.m.

    the RE4 bottle actually looks pretty cool. i looked at play-asia - gyakuten saiban playing cards sold out =/
  • cped - January 9, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    i wish the pip-boy worked and the Lancer shoulda been on the awesome list
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 9, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    If there is one great piece of gaming merchandise worth noting, it's the Heavenly Sword letter opener modeled after the sword in the game. Cool enough to open letters or threaten co-workers.
  • PCG_Evan - January 9, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    Dante darts, haha. Outstanding. XL-by-default t-shirts deserve some mention here, too.
  • flare149 - January 9, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    I love the Safety Deposit box. Yeah it's not a really one, but it still works really well as a good place to hide stuff
  • Snarf - January 8, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    I thought they made Nuka-Cola for Fallout 3 like they did with the GTA4 Pisswasser beer.
  • Xplosive59 - January 8, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    wow that resi after shave looks absolute awesomeness... why didnt you put the lancer on the awesome list... or at all?
  • SkullSplitter - January 8, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    The only thing I want on this list is the sackboy and maybe the Mario mouse.
  • MeesesGlokmah - January 8, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    I actually wouldn't mind some of those products on the Worst list. The RE4 Aftershave, if anything, has a cool bottle, and the DMC Darts could be fun. That severed finger, though, is just disturbing.
  • NullG7 - January 13, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    I suppose you could make the pip-boy work like the in game one but you would have to enter every thing you do I cant see geting arounfd that problem for the next 60 years...
  • cart00n - January 12, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Personally, I really dug on both of the special editions for GTA4 and BioShock (Fallout 3's is really awesome, too, but I never got the Amazon exclusive one). While the "safety-deposit" box isn't all that burly, did you really expect it to be? Hell, just the shipping costs on one of those things would be enormous! But I actually USE everything that came in that package! The duffle is pretty great, the key-ring is aces, and the box has become a great place to put all of my family's important documents. The BioShock package was really cool, tho' I would've liked the artwork for the standard edition's box to have been included somewhere in the package. And the lunch-box and Vault-Boy bobble-head are absolute classics - really surprised you didn't mention them...

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