If you've ever come across the gadget website Technabob, you probably already know of their twin loves of all things Mario and all things Japanese. And frankly who can blame them? Some of the
best oddest items out there can only be found in the land of the rising sun.
So imagine what my first thought was when I discovered that in the land of Mickey and Minnie one can find memorabilia dedicated to everyone's favorite Japaneses-Italian plumber. And not just any old memorabilia such as a t-shirt, but actual Mario candy!
Yep, the fine folks at Mitsukoshi - the Japanese department store that operates at Disney's Epcot Center - have quite a range of products for American tourist, including candy for Mario Kart DS and Donkey Kong.
Who knew that instead of a transoceanic trip to Tokyo one just needed a transcontinental trip to Orlando? Kind of makes me want to go back and see if I can find any of the "great" gadgets from Bandai for sale, such as their electronic bubble wrap popper.
Oh and here's a little extra for those curious about Mario's development, an interview with his creator, Shigeru Miyamoto in promotion of the new Super Mario Bros, Wii Edition. But beware his reference to the "Pac-Man era" and subsequent footnote exampling Pac-Man might make one feel franking old, like me!