Sunday, March 25, 2012

Let's celebrate Theatrhythm's impending localization with some merchandise

I suppose we all knew it'd happen eventually, but if you haven't heard, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy will be coming out in the US and Europe sometime this summer! How's that for great news? To celebrate, hit the play button on your favorite Final Fantasy track and take a look at some of this awesome merchandise I managed to wrangle up!

First of all,  I have to say I've been warming up to the cutesy art style used in the game. It first appeared in a Kingdom Hearts cell phone game in Japan, and I never found myself very partial to it... But the more I see, the more I find myself starting to like it. I mean, who can resist drinking their favorite beverage of choice out of one of these Theatrhythm mugs?

You can purchase it online here!
Or how about a tumbler, for when you'd rather your drink available on the go?

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I personally like the color on the tumbler, but prefer the simplistic design of the mug. But it's hard to pass up chocobos!

But better yet, perhaps you already have a trusty water bottle you'd like to spruce up a bit? In Japan they have bottle cases like these all over the place:

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Love the addition of the plush music note!

There is certainly a lot of drink-related Theatrhythm Final Fantasy merchandise, isn't there? But never fear, the usual cute keychains have also made an appearance:



I'll be honest – that's not my favorite Final Fantasy moogle design (I'm actually partial to the more rabbit-like moogles from the Ivalice Alliance titles, but don't tell anyone I said so), but the chocobo is pretty darn adorable. I particularly like the contrast of the yellow and blue.

And last but not least, we have a special item that I could only find on Kuma's Mad Dog Blog, a Square Enix blog dedicated to their merchandise (the previous two photos were also taken from there):


A tote bag?? Better yet, an unreleased tote bag?? It's a little known fact on the internet that I am actually obsessed with tote bags. They're good for groceries, books... everything, really! Ok, I'm a little obsessed. But I do love something that's both cute and functional, and tote bags really do fit the bill. According to Kuma's Mad Dog Blog, where this image was posted on March 15th, it's a brand new item, and currently no more information is available, so we'll have to wait and see when and where this is released. Admittedly, it is a little on the plain side, but I think owning a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy tote bag trumps all. I think I'm going to make it my personal mission to make sure I get my hands on this lovely thing.

Do any of these items catch your fancy? What would be your ultimate Theatrhythm merchandise? I wouldn't mind some stickers...

10 comments:

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, maaaaaaaaan, I really want one of those mugs. Or two. Or three. Can I order them here in the US? I'm honestly going to have to check.

As for the news that this game is going to be released in AU, EU and NA: I am soooooo happy about it! As soon as I can pre-order it, I will. Regardless of price.

Also, and I think you already know this, but I've always loved this game's art style. In fact, I like it so much that I'd like to see SE make an RPG -- a Final Fantasy spin-off would be fine with me -- using this art style at some point.

GamesAndBiz said...

I... want all of that. But especially the thermos. I actually have a Chocobo and Moogle thermos already, but that is possibly the cutest Chocobo design Square Enix has come up with yet.

apricotsushi said...

Hey Bryan! You're in luck! The mug is indeed available to purchase in the US – in fact, I've ordered a number of things from CD Japan before, and I'm very fond of them. They've got great shipping and usually very good rates. By all means, go for it! I'd grab one if it weren't for all the mugs I have already...

Speaking of the price, I wonder what price point we can expect to see Theatrhythm debut at? Probably $39.99, eh?

I wouldn't be adverse to Square Enix making an RPG in this style, either!

apricotsushi said...

GamesAndBiz – You gave a moogle and chocobo-themed thermos?! I'm so very jealous! Can you link to a picture? I suppose it's one that's not available in AU...

GamesAndBiz said...

Yep, I'll take a photo when I get home tonight.

One of the benefits/ cuses to being married to a Japanese woman, who has a Japanese credit card - buying this stuff is way too easy ;)

Alois Wittwer said...

This isn't a blog post about Folklore, Anne!

:p

Bryan Ochalla said...

Anne: Although I'd still buy Theatrhythm if SE priced it at $39.99, I think that would be unwise for SE (if they actually want the game to sell in the US, especially).

A much better price point, IMO, would be $29.99. I guess we'll see soon enough...

apricotsushi said...

GamesAndBiz – You, sir, are VERY lucky and I am VERY jealous ;) Do share a pic when you can! I look forward to seeing it

apricotsushi said...

Alois – I posted this before we even started talking about Folklore! Cut a woman some slack! ;)

apricotsushi said...

Bryan - Good point. I'm a little out of touch when it comes to what's appropriate pricing for games in the US these days... When 3DS games are always about $60 over here, anything cheaper sounds great to me ;)

Granted, I certainly would buy it for $39.99, too! I wonder if/when they bring over the DLC, what price that will be...? I'd probably be suckered into buying songs like the Cosmo Canyon theme if they were only $2 a pop