In what can only be called the perfect marriage, LEGO and Nintendo have teamed up to introduce the world to something truly unique. Both companies have announced the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, which is almost exactly what it sounds like. The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, is a complete recreation of the all-time classic, albeit a bit smaller than the 1985 counterpart. As if this wasn’t enough, it also comes complete with a recreated NES controller, with wires no less, a retro NES cartridge with Super Mario Bros. that can be inserted into the console, and mini-retro television for you to recreate actual levels from the game.
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We’re not joking about the interactivity of the retro television, as it also comes with a crank on the side that “plays” a level from Super Mario Bros. The “screen” moves from left to right while Mario traverses through the levels as if you’re playing the actual game. In addition, you’ll be able to utilize the interactive LEGO figures from the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. By placing them at the top of the television, the figures will have specific reactions to the obstacles and enemies. Did we mention that this also plays the classic Super Mario Bros. theme too? Because it also does that.
This is easily one of the most interesting and coolest combinations of any type of merchandise we’ve seen. Sure you’re not actually playing a Nintendo Entertainment System, but this will most likely play towards the nostalgia factor that tends to dominate the video game community every now and then. On top of that, this is a unique and memorable Nintendo collector’s item that will no doubt be sought after by longtime Nintendo enthusiasts, as well as LEGO enthusiasts.
The Adventure with Mario Starter set alone is worth taking a look at, as it utilizes a unique bluetooth functionality within the Mario LEGO figure. Mario’s eyes, mouth, and even his stomach all react whenever you put him on an obstacle course, each one with the reminiscent Super Mario Bros. sound. He has sensors that can detect color, movement, and specific bricks that he can connect with for more variety, hence the plug in with the retro television. Keep in mind that Mario himself is dependent on separate batteries.
Still, it’s worth it just to put him through the paces of some of the above images, such as the mammoth Bowers Castle, a nice LEGO recreation of the villian’s signature fortress. Of course, since this is LEGO we’re talking about here, you’ll have to put some of it together yourself. However, for those who are longtime LEGO fans, or just familiar with the concept of LEGO’S, then this shouldn’t come as any surprise. The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System will officially launch on August 1 and will cost $229.99. You can check out both the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System and the Adventures with Mario Starter Course here.