CCC Says: "Earlier this year, in a January 2014 meeting with investors, Satoru Iwata said people could expect more licensing of the iconic characters in Nintendo's pantheon. It was rather unexpected. Perhaps some even saw it as a desperation move prompted by the floundering of the Wii U. We were left to wonder what kind of products this would prompt, and what the quality of said items would be.
It has now been eight months since Nintendo made this decision, and it's starting to seem like it was a very good thing. Announcements have been made, some items have even begun appearing on store shelves. By Christmas 2015, an influx of items will be here, and most are quite tempting."