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Sonic and Chun Li…oh my!

Are you a gamer who likes cute plushies? Are you a big tough man who has a secret addiction to adorable things? Or are you a girly girl who is a closet gamer?

Any of the above will qualify, I’m not picky. Want to know what I’m chewing the cud over? Hello Kitty. Yep, I said the two dirtiest words in the land of gaming. The one insult a fellow gamer can throw at you when you tell them you can’t hack Call of Duty or World of Warcraft.

‘Oh then maybe Hello Kitty Island Adventure would be more to your liking?’ 

Anyway, anyway. Plushies. First off is Hello Kitty dressed up as Sonic, no no I’m really not kidding. Prepare for your ice cold heart to be melted by one of the cutest things you will see today:

As part of both the 20th Anniversary celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog and the re-opening of Tokyo’s Joyopolis theme park, the jumbo-sized plushie will be offered at Japan’s Sega theme parks this year from the end of July. This is the first in a series of plushies from Sanrio as they have teamed up with Sega to create a series of cute cuddly little toys. But fear not non-Japanese residents! The cuteness that is this Hello Kitty Sonic will be available in both the US and Europe from Summer 2013. Yes, I moaned at that thought too but I guess unless you have a Japanese friend or very deep pockets to purchase one from eBay- you’ll be waiting a year like the rest of us. But this could mean good news. As there is a series planned, who’s to say that we won’t see the rest of the Sanrio gang dressed up as Sonic characters? Badtz-Maru as Knuckles? Chococat as Tails? Who knows?

Next up we have the Chun-Li Hello Kitty plushie. Yep, our favourite cute British cat is at it again with her master of disguise abilities. Only this time she goes from being a cute cat dressed up as a cute blue hedgehog to being a lean mean fighting machine. Now, I personally couldn’t imagine Hello Kitty hurting anything more than a fly but as a limited edition (1000 pieces only!) San Diego Comic Con exclusive, here she is as Chun-Li from Street Fighter. She’s dressed in the outfit from Street Fighter Alpha. I imagine that they decided to team up with Capcom as a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Street Fighter. But! I want one so bad, but being such a limited edition run and only available half way across the world from me means that my chances are slim to none. Here’s a picture of the cutest Street Fighter ever though, I love her expression on her face- she looks so bad ass! 😀

Nintendo 3DS At Comic-Con 2012

As we know, the brand-new Nintendo 3DS XL will be on sale before we know it- are you planning on buying one? I’m not as I find the console too big for my teeny little hands and spindly fingers. The XL version of the Nintendo handheld (both DS and 3DS) I’ve never purchased but for those of you that have- you are in for a treat with the new games coming out.

It’s Comic-Con from the 12th to the 15th July 2012 and Nintendo have shown up with  the goods once again. There’s more games being showcased for the the 3DS than anything else but there’s still quite a hefty list for the three Nintendo consoles. From New Super Mario Bros 2 and Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon for the 3DS to Kirby’s Dream Collection for the Wii. There’s sadly no Wii U presence, so no Super Mario Bros Wii U to play for those of you attending the con. But without further ado, here’s both the press release fresh from Comic-Con and the list of games Nintendo shall be showing off.

Nintendo News: Nintendo Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup, Including Nintendo 3DS XL

Comic-Con 2012
REDMOND, Wash.-(BUSINESS WIRE)— At this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 event taking place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, members of the general public will enjoy an early chance to get their hands on Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of the Nintendo 3DS system with 90 percent larger screens that launches Aug. 19.

In addition to Nintendo’s booth at the show (#5135), multiple activities will take place at a special Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is not required to gain entry to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge.

Games that are scheduled to be playable at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge include:

Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
HEROES OF RUIN (Square Enix)
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Nintendo DS family

Pokémon Conquest


Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)

THQ San Diego Shut Down Amid Hustle of E3 [UPDATE]

Rumors are swirling that THQ has closed down their San Diego studio amid the hustle and bustle of E3 and several sources are reporting that this is confirmed. According to the Twitter account of Maxwell Roahrig, an Associate Editor at Flixist, the news was deliberately timed to be buried under the other E3 related news. It wasn’t much later that after confirming that his calls to the office had gone straight to voicemail that another Twitter user claimed that he had confirmed the story with a developer in the area.

THQ San Diego is known for developing the WWE All-Stars title and was formerly part of Midway’s development group acquired by the publisher in 2009.

While this news is still rumored and the only information that THQ will relay relates to the passing of their UFC license to EA, we’ll report more about this story as it develops and as more confirmed information is presented.

UPDATE: THQ has confirmed that due to the transfer of the UFC license to EA, the San Diego studio which was responsible for the next UFC title under THQ’s watch was in fact shut down during the first day of press for E3.