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Source Gaming Takes A Look At Some Obscure Super Smash Bros. Melee Merchandise

Super Smash Bros. Melee released close to the GameCube back in 2001. However, it also seems to have launched alongside a slew of themed merchandise promoting the game. Nintendo seemingly went all out with merchandising the game in Japan, Melee artwork appearing on lunch boxes, postcards and even a handkerchief. However, most of the items Source Gaming discovered were never actually sold in stores, the majority appearing as prizes in various giveaways prior to the game’s launch. All this merchandise has now become sought after collectors items, so finding that precious Melee lunch box at a yard sale maybe harder than it looks.  Even the Japanese Melee DVD showing footage from the game is often sold for upwards of 3000 Yen.

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4 comments

  1. 90% of the games Nintendo has sold, also have a CD with the games OST. They’ve been doing since the days of the NES. Kirby NES, Mario Kart 64, Pikmin Gamecube… You could google every game they’ve released and find it had an OST released in Japan. Same with merchandise.

      1. Just Nintendo showing their obvious favoritism toward their Japanese customers since NoJ continues to let NoA be utter crap with rewards. :/

      2. That or it’s NoA’s obvious capitalism at work as they hope to wiggle more money out of us by hoping we’ll pay for what was essentially free merchandise in Japan. It’s most likely a bit of both, though.

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