The hosts of the Nintendo Minute got a close look at the new Lego Super Mario sets. You can watch them show off some of the new video game themed sets, and ultimately assemble a bunch of them into custom courses. The fancy bluetooth Mario figure is on full display, showing all of the different digital features. He blinks, makes sound, plays music, blinks more, and even falls asleep. The video shows off the modular design, and how each set can be combined in different ways. In the end there is a 60 second challenge to collect as many coins as possible. Who will win? How many Goombas will get squished? Watch to find out. As they say “Nintendo Minute is never a minute!”
An official Lego Nintendo Entertainment System has been announced. It follows the recent announcement of the Lego Super Mario Theme. With these new sets, Nintendo fans are reaching new heights of excitement. The Lego NES (71374) is a huge release. It comes with a complete NES, controller, a Super Mario Bros. cartridge, and a retro TV. All together there are 2,646 pieces priced at $229.99. This new set will be available starting August 1st (you can order now), the same day as the Lego Super Mario theme.
Lego and Nintendo went all out on this set. Specifically trying to be as accurate as possible. The nostalgia is one of the main selling points as Lego points out that this set is a way to recapture childhood magic. You can plug in the controller and even load the game cartridge. The Lego NES is mostly in scale, and the size of this set is a lot bigger than first appearances.
One of the coolest features is the 1970s / 1980s style television. It features all the expected fake wood paneling, knobs, and even comes with a stand. A lot of the labels and details are achieved with stickers, which in a way, is accurate to these old TVs.
The backside reveals some very interesting build details. According to the label, this is a LO-TECH 1310 Color TV. The old hook ups are all present (coaxial and component), and an antenna can be positioned in whatever direction needed to pick up those Lego signals. On the side is a small hand crank, which leads to one of the most interesting Lego play features ever built.
The TV displays a Lego version of the first level from Super Mario Bros. The special feature is that with the hand crank you can advance the level all the way to the end. The effect is achieved with a complicated system of Technic pieces and a lot of flat plates. A bunch of neat printed tiles are featured including: Goombas, Koopa shells, a super star, coins, and question blocks. There is even a custom printed Lego Mario tile!
As the level advances (by turning the crank) Lego Mario will actually run through the level. Running and jumping all the way to the end. You can even combine the bluetooth Mario figure from the Super Mario theme with the TV. The Lego Mario will animate and play all the music and sound effects in time with what is on the TV. A neat feature, achieved with a bunch of brightly colored plates. An evolution of what is found in the Hidden Side theme.
Lego has released all the information about their new Super Mario Theme. There will be 16 sets and 10 collectable Character Packs. This is a lot of sets, and both Lego and Nintendo seem to be going all out. There are some early impressions and videos below for more info. The new theme will be released on August 1st, and you can preorder all of the sets now.
All 16 sets have been designed to be connected with each other. The result is that you get to create your own custom Mario level. A sort of real life Super Mario Maker. There are friendly good guys, evil boss battles, and all sorts of play features represented. On top of all that Mario can even collect a bunch of power-ups. Collecting all the sets will certainly be a challenge (you will need about $600), but the end result is impressive.
Fans of Nintendo and Mario might not want to jump all in with the bluetooth enabled Mario sets. In which case, a collection of 10 collectable blind-bag sets are available. This mini theme looks great on its own. Each featuring one of the famous baddies from the Mario Universe. There is a Fuzzy, Bom-omb, Spiny, Blooper, Eep Cheep, Urchin, Bullet Bill, Buzzy Beetle, Peepa, and a Paragoomba. You can preorder these on Lego.
A few of the newly revealed sets include Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion (71368). A neat little set that features Toad, Toadette, two Cheep Cheeps, and a Goomba. This village has a neat play feature in that there are three hidden blocks that Mario must discover and jump on in a certain order to win coins.
Another new set is Mario’s House and Yoshi Expansion (71367). A cozy house that almost looks like it is straight out of Animal Crossing. A Super Star is hiding somewhere inside. The main feature is the hammock, in which Mario can lay down in and fall asleep. Plus, Yoshi and a Goomba are hanging around too.
Then there is the iconic Guarded Fortress Expansion (71362). The classic small castle at the end of every level. There is even a flag pole outside that Mario can slide down (and any other character with hands). A Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, and Bob-omb are blocking the way. A hidden Pow Block might just be the right tool to use here. No sign of a princess so she must be in another castle.
The whole theme includes:
Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) — $59.99
10 Different Character Packs (71361) — $4.99
Guarded Fortress Expansion (71362) — $49.99
Desert Pokey Expansion (71363) — $19.99
Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion (71364) — $19.99
Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion (71365) — $29.99
Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion (71366) — $29.99
Mario’s House and Yoshi Expansion (71367) — $29.99
Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion (71368) — $69.99
Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion (71369) — $99.99
Fire Mario Power-Up (71370) — $9.99
Propeller Mario Power-Up (71371) — $9.99
Cat Mario Power-Up (71372) — $9.99
Builder Mario Power-Up (71373) — $9.99
Thwomp Drop Expansion (71376) — $39.99
King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion (71377) — $49.99
Super Mushroom Surprise Expansion (30385) — Freebie
Lego revealed some new details about their upcoming Super Mario theme. The bluetooth enabled Mario figure will be getting a variety of Power-Up Packs. These represent a small selection of the various suits that Mario has worn through the years. There is the original power up, the Fire Suit from Super Mario Bros (1985). A bit more recent is the Propeller Suit form the New Super Mario Bros (2009). The Cat Suit from Super Mario 3D World (2013). And the most recent, the Builder Suit which first appeared in Super Mario Maker (2015). Each one of these power ups give the Lego Mario some new powers. For instance the Cat Suit lets Mario earn coins by climbing up walls. It also seems that these packs also include unique sounds and animations. If this theme takes off the next round of Power-Ups should be interesting. Something from Super Mario Odyssey perhaps? Lego has a release date set for August 1st for these, so get saving now!
Timmy’s Bedroom is created by lokiloki29 as an entry in MOC Wars. Specifically for “Category 20: Self-Repro Bricktime,” a challenge where the scene must feature a laboratory that is replicating Lego bricks, and it must include at least one propeller piece. The designer decided to set the scene in a Lego bedroom, with an at home science setup. It would seem that in between video games, skateboarding, and soccer, Timmy is researching his new self-replicating Lego tree. There is a whole story created for this Lego MOC. The room itself has a bunch of fun mini-builds. Such as the little potted plant in the foreground, the microscope, and the bed. The bed even features a Mario pattern, created with a variety of 1×1 and 1×2 Lego bricks. You can even spot a Lego propeller used in the ceiling fan above the bed.
Haunted mansions in the Luigi (and Mario) video game series always seem to be infested with Boos. These poltergeists are actually really shy, and cannot stand to be looked at. But, one Boo in particular has a bit more courage than the rest. This Lego King Boo is created by Vaionaut, who built this little MOC as an entry in the RogueOlympics. He features his trademark crown, and lazy tongue. This King Boo has a tongue that is actually an old style Minifigure cape, his scepter is a Sonic Screwdriver, and even has a One Ring crowning his… crown. So grab a vacuum cleaner and find some courage, this boss is ready to fight.
Yoshi! He is Mario’s trusted friend, traveling companion, babysitter, and sometimes even vehicle. First appearing in Super Mario World, where he wowed the world with his ground pound, flutter jump, egg throwing, and appetite. The green dino has made it into almost all of the Mario video games since his debut. This Lego Yoshi is the creation of Koen Zwanenburg. It has movable legs, arms, and jaws. The lime green lego is a perfect match for him which in the past Lego builds have had to use the darker green. This lego dinosaur even has sneakers, which helps him get around. If you look hard enough you might even find him in Mario 64.
Lego has revealed new details about their new theme based on Super Mario. Previously they showcased a short teaser video on MAR10 day, and now they are showing off a lot more of the theme. It is very clear in the provided details that this set is being produced for kids. The whole theme is a new direction for Lego, which they put best stating:
“Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.”
There is no release date or pricing details at this time. Lego did announce that more information is coming soon, with a planned release in the Summer of 2020.
This new theme seems to fit in between Duplo and the Classic System sets. They share a lot in common with the recent Lego Junior sets. A lot of big pieces and simple building techniques.
The new sets features a bluetooth enabled Mario, with interactive screens and speakers. With these new electronic abilities Mario is able to interact with the Lego set by keeping scores, playing music, and setting a timer. He features realativly few brick customizing features. It looks like only the iconic Mario hat and a few 1×1 rounds are removable.
The new Lego Super Mario theme looks a whole lot like the Mario Party video games. The sets combine to create a board game looking layout. You could say they are recreating the platforming levels from the games. As you move Lego Mario around you can stomp on Goombas, defeat Koopa Troopas, swim past Bloopers, and embarrass Shy Guys. There is even a boss at the end, this time its Baby Bowser.
Along the way Lego Mario can find some help. A brick built Lego Yoshi, a handy Warp Pipe, and even Toad’s house. Some quick notes about the theme: It seems that the interactive features are found in various new Lego pieces. The big feet piece found on Yoshi and the Shy Guy probably hides some of the electronics, as does the turtle shell on Baby Bower. There are also a lot of new plates. A very interesting design in the green plates topping the landscaping is that they are probably hiding other electronic bits.
The Lego Super Mario theme looks like a lot of fun for kids. The Mario Party design is interesting, and all the features of Bluetooth Mario could prove to be fun.
It’s MAR10 Day (March 10th), a celebration of everything Mario related. For the event Nintendo is pushing coupons and discounts on various Mario video games and products. But the surprising news is from Lego, they have announced an official Lego Super Mario theme coming soon. Not a lot of details are available, other than the announcement teaser. The short video shows off what looks like the famous Mario Mario in some sort of Lego form. Clearly not a Minifigure. It looks like a whole new type of figure. Judging by the mostly standard Lego arms, the body is much shorter and wider than normal. Perched on top is an almost square head. Not unlike the Minecraft theme, but with even less in common with the Minifig. It is also unclear if this will be a normal theme in the Classic system, or something closer to the Duplo system. Let us hope that Lego and Nintendo don’t forget about the best Mario brother… Luigi!
A good amount of Lego fans have at one point or another fallen in love with the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES was originally released in 1983 in Japan with red and gold styling. The black and gray system didn’t show up until 1985 in North America and 1986 in Europe. For many people this would be their first video game console. Most kids at the time could be found in front of their TV having an adventure with Link or saving the princess with Mario. A good many of these kids were also enjoying the Lego Classic Space or Castle theme at the same time.
Chris McVeigh (Powerpig) has created a great Lego NES MOC with only 220 pieces. The end result is the main console, two controllers and two games. Perfect for some multiplayer. The cartridges can even be inserted into the NES. Although you may need to blow on them first.
The coolest thing ever, is that Chris McVeigh has provided super detailed instructions for you to build a Lego NES at home. Check out the PDF for a parts list. If you don’t happen to have all the necessary pieces My First Game Console (Sprite Edition) is available for purchase through Chris McVeigh’s online store. With preorders shipping out in about 2 weeks.