LEGO has revealed its brick-based replica set of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, which is 37-years-old today!
LEGO version of the ‘console’ doesn’t play any games, it comes with a buildable old-school tube TV with a small 8-bit Mario figure and a crank that gently moves the level in the background.
The special set also comes with a special ‘Action Brick’ that can be scanned by the Lego Mario that comes with the Starter Course playset. Once activated, Mario will react to the enemies, obstacles, and power-ups that are sliding by on-screen.
The Lego set also comes with an NES controller and cartridge that you can build. You can pop open the front and ‘load’ your game, it won’t do anything but still its something.
Maarten Simons, the Creative Lead on the set, released the following statement:
Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now. Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, recreating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.
The build comes with over 2,600 bricks and will be available to buy through Lego’s retail stores and website from August 1st for $229.99.