Nintendo and LEGO have unveiled the latest installment in their ongoing collaboration, which follows the introduction of a Super Mario pack — and subsequent expansion sets — earlier this year. For the latest release, LEGO has recreated the classic NES console, allowing fans to build their own model with LEGO bricks.
As well as the model console, the kit also includes a controller with cable and plug, a lockable opening slot for the Game Pak and a retro-style TV complete with a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. The new NES kit can also link up to the Super Mario Starter Course by scanning a starter brick which comes with the pack. This will then see the Mario model react to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups as if he was in the original game.
Launching the kit, Maarten Simons, who was LEGO’s creative lead on the project, said, “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen. 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.”
Take a look at the LEGO NES kit in the gallery above. Priced at £209.99 GBP or $229.99 USD, the kit will release via LEGO stores and the LEGO web store on August 1.
In related news, a rare Super Mario Bros. came recently sold for $114,000 USD.