Ah yes, the 80s. A little CRT TV and an NES, what could be better? Now you can experience it again with the newest Nintendo/LEGO crossover.
Now you’re playing with bricks
I guess the original Nintendo Entertainment System kind of looked like a brick already. But that’s besides the point, because there’s a brand new crossover coming from Nintendo and LEGO, and chances are Nintendo fans are going to love it.
“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” said Maarten Simons, Creative Lead on LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System™, the LEGO Group. “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.”Maarten Simons, Creative Lead on LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
Yep, it’s a LEGO NES. Actually, it’s a heck of a lot more than just a simple model though. The cartridge door actually opens to accept a buildable cart, there’s a LEGO controller as well, and what might be the coolest part – a LEGO TV.
The little 80s-style TV that you build from bricks actually has a game of Super Mario Bros running on it. After you assemble it, you can turn a crank on the side to make Mario run through a course.
Oh, and if you pick up the LEGO Super Mario starter course, you can have that little electronic Mario actually interact with the TV. He plays the theme song, and tosses out sound effects to coincide with the ‘on screen’ action. How awesome is that?
The LEGO NES is set to hit LEGO Stores and LEGO’s online shop exclusively on August 1st (additional retailers coming in 2021). Not-so coincidently, that’s the same day that the full LEGO Super Mario lineup hits stores.
Yep, that’s gonna be one expensive day.