Back in the old days (I’m talking NES/SNES times) it was very hard to find any game merchandise in the local stores. If you wanted a Nintendo or Sega t-shirt to show your allegiance you had to find one in an ad on the back pages of a games magazine and order it by mail. In those days nigh impossible to do if you didn’t live in the UK, USA or Japan.
Nowadays game merchandise is everywhere. Games are truly mass market and third party companies are lining up to licence the well known game brands and characters and slap ‘m on every product imaginable. You can go into any H&M store and walk away with a Mario shirt or pyjamas. Or socks, swim shorts, sweaters, pants etcetera. Kids around the world can now show their true colors and it’s great.
But now matter how unified the global economy has become, there are still some products that can only be purchased on the other side of the world. For instance: take this insanely cool Nintendo travel kit. Just imagine yourself embarking on an adventure of a lifetime with all the stuff that matters to you packed in a bright yellow question mark suitcase.
You roll your way to customs and present your passport in true style with the special Mario passport holder. Once seated inside the airplane you sit back and relax in style with your tired feet nice and comfy in the mushroom slippers and your head and neck supported by a Nintendo travel pillow. And after a couple of hours playing your Switch, you retire for the night with the Yoshi sleeping mask pulled over your eyes.
Yes you can! But only in Japan…