Main distribution: Japan (Nintendo Tokyo Store)
These are blind bags with collectable mini tins of Super Mario filled with Ramune candy, exclusive from the Nintendo Store in Tokyo.
8 tins can be collected, containing Super Mario game covers from Japan;
Super Mario Bros (Famicom), Super Mario Bros 3 (Famicom), Super Mario World (Super Famicom), Super Mario USA (Famicom), Super Mario 64 (N64), Super Mario Sunshine (GC), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) and Super Mario 3D World (Wii U).
I got 1/8.
Super Mario Bros (Famicom)
The Super Mario Bros (Famicom) tin is like the original game box a dark yellow, with the game art on the front. The tin is horizontal oriented to better accommodate the Famicom artwork, as those boxes were also horizontal oriented.
The back is plain, with the branding in black. The Super Mario Logo sits prominent in the middle, with © 1985-2020 Nintendo underneath.
The tin opens by sliding the top to the left. This can easily be done one-handed by holding it in the palm of your hand and pushing the lid with your thumb.
The lid can be fully removed as well. The tin originally comes with a little bag of ramune flavoured candy. The inside of the tin is plain metal grey, and of a decent size of 5x8cm.
I love Super Famicom merchandise, so decided to get one of these when I had the opportunity in an attempt to get Super Mario World. I knew I only had a 1 in 8 shot, but I liked the other retro designs too up to GC, so 5 in 8 to get one I liked at least. I also love little tins to store my office supplies like paperclips or push pins or needles in. And practical merchandise is always welcome.
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the tin. It’s bigger than I thought which is nice. The sliding mechanism is also cool.
What surprised me the most though is that the Famicom ones are horizontal oriented, which wasn’t clear from the packaging where they all looked vertical. I thought that was weird for that format of art, so I’m pleased they went horizontal with those. Which makes me like my Super Mario Bros Famicom tin even more than I originally thought I would.
I also noticed from looking at them online that they have the console box formatting, which is also not on the packaging. So Super Mario Galaxy has the blue Wii borders for example. Looking more like the actual boxes make me like them even more, so I’m not sure why they don’t show the product better on the packaging.
The candy is also nice, although most of the flavour is in its centre.
I now regret a little not getting more of these. If I see them again I might.
I don’t think they are that expensive to get, but they are niche and exclusive to the Tokyo store, so probably a bit hard to get.
If you like retro Mario / Nintendo / games or practical merchandise, you’ll like these tins.
If you prefer more toys, you’ll probably want to give these a miss.
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