Nintendo’s ongoing collaboration with Lego has thrown up an unexpected gem, with an interactive homage to Super Mario 64.
Super Mario 64 celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the only commemoration was a bare bones remaster on the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Many fans were upset that such an important game wasn’t treated better but it seems the real tribute was being left for Lego to take care of.
As you can see from the video, the set starts off as a giant 7 inch square version of the iconic ? Block, but if you swing the top open it expands out into four separate dioramas of classic Super Mario 64 levels: Peach’s Castle; Bob-omb Battlefield; Cool, Cool Mountain; and Lethal Lava Trouble.
The models aren’t minifigure scale though, so Mario, Princess Peach, and Yoshi are all made out of ordinary bricks, as are larger characters like King Bob-Bomb, a Chain Chomp, Big Bully, and Lakitu.
The set is on a completely different scale to the Lego Super Mario line, but you can still use the Bluetooth Mario or Luigi minifigures to interact with the set, so that it plays Super Mario 64 music and sound effects.
There’s 10 hidden Power Stars that trigger secret reactions from the figures, similar to how the Lego NES console used the Mario figure to play the Super Mario Bros. theme tune.
The whole set, number 71395, is made up of 2,064 pieces and costs £159.99 from Lego stores or the official website. It won’t be released until October 1 though.
The collaboration between Lego and Nintendo has been warmly received so far, with the main line of interactive toys, where kids are encouraged to design their own courses, actually designed in conjunction with Nintendo themselves.
This Super Mario 64 set, and the existing NES console – which features a crank powered version of Super Mario Bros. – shows that they’re willing to create sets aimed at adults fans as well.
Although whether that will extended to other franchises beyond Super Mario remains to be seen…
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