Continuing the chronicle of us telling you about cool stuff Japan gets and the rest of the world doesn’t, check this out. Exclusive merch abounds as a Pokémon Center and Japan’s first Nintendo boutique store are opening in the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo. Nintendo has even teamed up with Swarovski to make some sweet Pokémon bling in the new Crystal Stone line.
As you can see, they’ve used Swarovski crystals to class up a variety of Pokémon items, such as keychains, phone cases, and even deck boxes for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. These are exclusive to the new Pokémon Center. Of course, expect to pay a premium, as the prices range from ¥10,000 ($92) for the bag charms to ¥300,000 ($2,762.50) for that glorious golden Pikachu figure.
There’s more! Also exclusive to the Pokémon Center in Shibuya is a line of merch inspired by graffiti. I’m getting Jet Grind Radio vibes just looking at it. (Switch port when?)
In my opinion, though, the coolest stuff (even cooler than a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Pikachu idol) is the stuff that’s being sold at the Pokémon Center and Nintendo Tokyo. It’s a line of crossover merchandise featuring Super Mario and Pokémon in some interesting ways.
Depending on which franchise the Scramble items are featuring, you’ll get them at one of the two stores. Pokémon Center Shibuya will have the Mario merch made of Pokémon sprites, and vice versa.
What do you think? Will you be heading to Tokyo to get some of this stuff? Have your eye on the fancy Swarovski Pikachu butt keychain? Let us know!