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[Confirmed] The Gold Mario Amiibo Is A Retailer Exclusive

Update: Nintendo has announced that the Gold Mario Amiibo will launch alongside Mario Party 10 on March 20. It will be available only at Walmart. It appears that pre-orders were available for a brief time on the company's website, but no longer. If you're interested, you may want to plan to be at Walmart early on March 20.

Original Story:

Earlier this month, listings for silver and gold variants of the Mario Amiibo from the upcoming Super Mario Bros. line appeared online. It seems that the latter of these is soon to be a reality and a retailer exclusive.

A Reddit user by the name of “pituvision” snapped the image below that labels the Gold Mario figure as a Walmart exclusive. Given Nintendo’s propensity for retailer Amiibo exclusives (Rosalina at Target, Lucario at Toys R Us, Meta Knight at Best Buy, and Shulk at GameStop – Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company), this fits right in line with previous strategy.

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We’ve reached out to Nintendo for more information. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Reddit, Images: NeoGAF user Zonic (above), Reddit (below)]

 

Our Take
Given the run of retailer exclusives, this certainly wouldn’t be a shock. I hope it does signal a change in approach for the company, though.

Retailer exclusive variants are much more reasonable than limiting characters to specific chains. Activision does this well with Skylanders, with Legendary versions at Toys R Us, Nitro versions at other retailers, and even glow in the dark varieties at others. This helps ensure players find the characters they want, even if not in the exact deco they’d prefer.

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Ominous Beauty – Exclusive Rise Of The Tomb Raider Concept Art Gallery

Concept art is an unsung hero in the game development process. It's often the first thing created for a video game and serves to direct the tone and style of the entire project. Before pressing the A button ever makes a character jump, or pushing the control stick makes a character move, concept art is in place pointing a game in the direction it is meant to go.

Despite establishing a solid stylistic groundwork with the 2013 Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics still needed to develop an artistic base for the new Lara Croft's second journey. We spoke with game director Brian Horton about what went into Rise of the Tomb Raider's initial artwork and how it is influencing the direction of the game.

"The concept art pieces that we do, generally have to accomplish a couple different things. They have to provide a sense of composition. You look at it and you go, 'Oh, I know where I am supposed to be looking. That is really interesting. I can’t wait to get over there.' You create that interest through lighting, through complimentary color schemes, things you can say like I am in a very cold place or there is a warm light, or vice versa."

"There is this sort of ominous beauty we put into our games that has an oppressive quality. There is always that feeling of something not quite being in focus. You don’t know what’s back there, but it’s got atmosphere across it. It’s intriguing, and at the same time we want to engender a bit of mystery and potentially even fear – the fear of the unknown."

"I’ve often said that the environment is the second most important character in the game. It is the adversary that Lara ultimately has to overcome. The weather and the danger of the traversal all have to come through in those concept pieces. A good concept for Tomb Raider tends to have those things: interesting composition, mood and atmosphere, and a sense of mystery and intrigue. There’s something over there I have to get there. How do I do that?"

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PlayStation exclusive TV show ‘Powers’ debuts in March

The PlayStation-exclusive original series Powers will debut on March 10, the PlayStation Blog has announced. The series will span ten episodes, with the first episode available for free to all PSN account holders. PlayStation Plus subscribers will ha…
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Listen To An Exclusive Final Fantasy Track From Legacy Sessions Studio Album

It’s always a joy when we can feature great adaptations of popular video game music. The latest is a studio album featuring 12 arrangements from the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 era.

Legacy Sessions: GAME Generation 5 features original arrangements by Casey Ormond, Nicole Brady, Tristan Coelho, and a guitar duo called With Ether. Selections include Super Mario 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Metal Gear Solid:

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. The Curse of Monkey Island & Grim Fandango
  3. Super Mario 64 & The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Pokémon (Blue, Red, Yellow)
  5. Super Mario 64
  6. Chrono Cross
  7. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  8. Silent Hill
  9. Final Fantasy Tactics
  10. Final Fantasy IX
  11. Metal Gear Solid
  12. Grandia (ft. With Ether)

We have an exclusive track featuring a medley of music from Final Fantasy VII to share with you.

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Beyond Generation 5, producer Demetri Potiris hopes to feature music from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. The album is available via Loudr and iTunes now for $ 12. 

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Rosalina amiibo exclusive to the Target Galaxy

Lucario, Shulk and Meta Knight aren’t the only amiibo figures to sign exclusivity deals with various retailers across the country; now Princess Rosalina and her Luma buddy (which are packaged together as one figure) will also take some extra effort t…
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Final Fantasy 15 demo exclusive to day-one copies of Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy 15′s demo will be exclusive to those with a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Square Enix revealed. In fact, the publisher confirmed via PlayStation Blog that the demo is “intended to be a special gift for those of you who purchase early…
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Dungeon Defenders 2 Coming To PlayStation 4 As Console Exclusive

Even before PlayStation Experience, Sony is racking up third-party exclusives. Early today news of Street Fighter V leaked and Godzilla was confirmed for PlayStation systems during the Game Awards.

Trendy Entertainment is also joining the party, with the news that Dungeon Defenders 2 will be a PlayStation exclusive. The title is coming to PC as well, and arrived on Steam this week as an Early Access title.

For more on Dungeon Defenders 2, you can read a hands-on preview from an earlier point in development. For more on The Game Awards, check out the list of winners.

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Dungeon Defenders 2 exclusive to PS4 in 2015

Dungeon Defenders 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2015, developers Trendy Entertainment announced at The Game Awards tonight.

Just announced at #TheGameAwards: Dungeon Defenders II is coming exclusively to the PS4! https://t.co/tLcLWN3S7w pic.twit…
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Dead Island 2 beta exclusive to PlayStation 4 for 30 days

Tucked inside an unassuming FAQ is news that Yager’s first-person open-world zombie apocalypse fantasy Dead Island 2 will enter beta testing on the PlayStation 4 prior to the Xbox One and PC.

This timed exclusivity was discovered by players who pre-…
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Listen To An Exclusive Track From The Tokyo Symphony’s Performance Of Square Enix Music

In 2012, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra performed sold-out concerts featuring music from some of Square Enix’s biggest titles. Included in the setlist was music from Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Secret of Mana, and Kingdom Hearts.

It’s understandable if you happened to miss out on these events live. Thankfully, you’re getting another chance.

The X5 Music Group is set to release Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo, a live recording of the performances originally held at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall. We have an exclusive from the recording, Encore Final Boss Suite.

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The full track list is as follows:

  1. Fanfare Overture
  2. Fantasy I Kingdom Hearts
  3. Fantasy II Secret of Mana
  4. Fantasy III Chrono Trigger Chrono Cross
  5. Fantasy IV Final Fantasy
  6. Encore Final Boss Suite 

The full album will be available for purchase from X5 via the group’s website

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