Why is there hardly any merchandise for Paper Mario or Mario & Luigi?! The merchandise that is made is either just slapping the official artwork on random objects and/or available for such a small amount of time in specific countries for something like a couple of months. The only piece of merchandise I have is a Broggy stylus and I've ordered a Superstar Saga DX enamel pin.
The only other piece of Mario and Luigi merchandise that's easily available is a Dark Bowser plush but that's a bootleg. In a way it shows that people who only care to make money on popular franchises did enough research to realise that this is an untapped market whereas Nintendo thinks nobody cares about it. It's not even like it's a recoloured Bowser, it has most of Dark Bowser's features. There was effort put into it. ssli.ebayimg.com/images/g/ZA0A…
And you know what? I'm going to buy it to show support to Mario and Luigi, even if it's a bootleg. If I thought an official one was being made then I'd support that instead, but I know there won't be.
It doesn't even have to neccessarily be for new games, there are official figures for the official artwork of Mario Bros, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros 3 and countless merchandise based on retro sprites.
So my final question in this journal is that what is your idea for Paper Mario or Mario and Luigi themed merchandise? What type of merchandise would you like to see from either series?