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Adding Luigi and multiplayer, Lego Mario finally feels like it’s reaching its true potential

Lego Mario just keeps growing – and getting better. Watch on YouTubeThis time last year, the Lego Group teamed up with Nintendo to deliver Lego Super Mario, a unique twist on both Lego’s typical construction toy trappings and Mario’s video game roots. It was a construction toy, yes, but one that was gamified via Mario himself, rendered in a blocky form and packed with sensors that allowed him to interact with the worlds and characters that could be built from the various available sets.While the hardcore Lego nerds were always a little disappointed in Lego Mario because it didn’t provide…

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You’ll be able to create your own Animal Crossing character at Build-a-Bear

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 17:18 GMT Make your very own huggable Animal Crossing: New Horizons critter.Build-a-Bear has announced an Animal Crossing: New Horizons line is in the works. While characters, designs, and a launch date haven’t been announced, at least you know that soon you will be able to create something cute to hold and squeeze at night. Or whenever you feel like it, really.Teaser pages are currently up on the US and UK stores, so sign up for an email notification and keep your eyes peeled for when you can nab one yourself. We expect these…

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Toy brand Tomy has made a plush of Sonic’s head

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 17:49 GMT Something for fans to hold and hug when they remember the series hasn’t been good for years. You will soon be able to buy a plush toy of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s head.Sega has teamed up with toy giant Tomy to make some products based on the blue blur, including a soft plush of the spiky critter’s head.“Sonic is an all-time classic video game character that has evolved into a beloved lifestyle brand and we are thrilled to bring these amazing characters to fans and collectors around the world through our unique…

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Sonic the Hedgehog is getting an official Lego set

It’s taken two years, but the incredible Sonic the Hedgehog Lego set we reported on back in 2019 has finally been approved – it will become a real Lego set. It’s official – Sonic the Hedgehog will get its first Lego set in the near future. The fan-made idea for a Lego product was today revealed to have been picked to become a real set, yet another video game franchise making that leap via the Lego Ideas program. If you’re unfamiliar with Lego Ideas, it’s an online initiative run by the Lego Group designed to engage with the more hardcore…

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The SEGA Genesis Mini is back on sale

By Grace Curtis, Monday, 21 December 2020 16:49 GMT It’s a blast from the past! If you’re looking to party like it’s 1991, the Sega Genesis mini is on sale again at Target and Amazon, $40 off the regular price. While Sega are not the first company to try and cash in on their golden years, this console was met with particularly good reviews, with Digital Foundry calling it ‘possibly the best mini retro console yet’. You can read the whole write-up here.This little nostalgia machine comes with forty games pre-downloaded including Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog, titles…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla mini-game, Orlog, is getting the board game treatment

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s most notable mini-game, Orlog, is getting a dedicated board game that’s due to hit the market in 2021.The dice game, which you will have most likely encountered if you’ve booted up the latest game in Ubisoft’s open world series, tasks players with depleting their opponents’ health tokens by stealing dice, firing arrows, and hurling axes. As mini-games go, it’s quite a good one.Wanting to capitalize on the success of the mini-game, Ubisoft has revealed a collaboration with collectibles company PureArts, with the companies planning to bring a physical edition of Orlog to the real world in 2021 (thanks,…

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Check out the LEGO Super Mario expansion set Toad’s Special Hideaway

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 3 October 2020 15:36 GMT This is rather cute.A new expansion set is now available for the LEGO Super Mario line, and it’s Toad’s Special Hideaway.It’s super cute, and features a buildable house from Toad Village, a Toad figure for LEGO Mario to interact with, and a ? Block offering different rewards.The 120-piece expansion set includes decorative builds, including a tree, a fence, and a sign. This module measures over 5.5 in. (14 cm) high, 7 in. (18 cm) wide, and 5 in. (12 cm) deep in its basic form and can be rebuilt and combined with other…