Nintendo and Lego have officially announced the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), following an online leak earlier this week.
The Lego NES will be available from Lego retail stores (including its website) from August 1 and cost $229.99 / £209.99. The set will be available from other retailers in 2021.
As revealed in yesterday’s Lego NES leak, the set will include a brick-built NES model and accompanying 1980’s style television set, complete with scrolling Mario Bros. scene. The NES Building Kit will also include a controller with a connecting cable and plug and an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking feature.
Fans can also scan an included action brick with the upcoming Lego Mario figure, so he reacts to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups.
“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” said Lego’s creative lead, Maarten Simons, in a prepared statement.
“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.”
Nintendo and Lego recently revealed all ten of Lego Mario’s expansion sets, which when combined with Character Packs and Power-Up Packs come to a total of nearly $600.
That’s according to the set’s design manager Jonathan Bennink, who suggested in a Brothers Brick interview that the toy firm will likely explore other Nintendo franchises in the future.