LEGO Is Making Super Mario Themed Playsets

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LEGO Is Making Super Mario Themed Playsets
Screenshot: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mg8SCyyWIM">Nintendo</a>

Yesterday, Nintendo teased LEGO sets. Today, they’re official. Nintendo and LEGO are joining forces for Super Mario themed playsets.

You can see what to expect in the clip below. The LEGO Mario playsets are interactive, not only recreating the world of Super Mario in brick form but also the experience of playing the games.

“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play,” said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd., in an official release. “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play–one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”

Screenshot: Nintendo

The interaction goes beyond typical LEGO playsets. Mario’s eyes have small screens as does his chest, which can change depending on what he lands. The tech behind the Mario bricks was developed jointly by Nintendo and LEGO.

Screenshot: Nintendo
Screenshot: Nintendo

The goal is for Mario to collect as many coins as possible why completing the brick-built level. The result looks like a fascinating mix of analogue LEGO fun and electronic gaming.

Screenshot: Nintendo

In the late 1960s, Nintendo actually created its own brand of blocks to compete against LEGO called N&B Blocks. They were on sale in Japan between 1968 and 1972.

The comparisons are obvious. Similar to LEGO, the N&B Blocks read NB on the stubs. According to Inside Games, Lego even took Nintendo to court over the N&B Blocks but reportedly lost the lawsuit. But as Before Mario points out, the Nintendo blocks were not straight copies. The blocks’ underside tubing different from LEGO bricks, and Nintendo created unique shapes blocks, such a curved peanut-shaped one, for its own sets.

More information will be revealed about the upcoming LEGO Mario at a later date.

Comments

  • Honestly this is not what I was hoping for. I’d much prefer traditional sets and Zelda ones would kill. Hopefully this is the start of more collaboration. I can easily see myself spending a lot on any traditional sets they release.

  • I think the issue a lot of us are having, and the major feedback in the big Lego FB groups is a big no, is its a weird scale of kinda Duplo with technology inserted. Had they kept it minifig scale then we could easily do huge Mario builds. Also lets say this does well and they do more Nintendo based Lego such as Legend of Zelda. Chances are it would stay at this scale. And I would LOVE Zelda themed Lego but no like this.. Again just a huge shame its not minifig. Eh my kids will love this I guess.

  • Of course as you should know Mario is a real life electronic figure thanks to LEGO’S partnership with Nintendo to bring us this interactive LEGO Mushroom Kingdom playlet that’s designed especially for kids of all ages and yes as you said Mario’s goal is collect as many coins as possible and complete a brick built level made entirely out of LEGO.

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