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A $250 Lego NES will reportedly release this year
Chinese site publishes what it claims are images of the planned Nintendo set
Nintendo and Lego will reportedly release a Lego Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), based on the iconic console of the 1980s.
According to supposed details and images published by Chinese site Vgamer, the special Lego set will features a 1:1 brick replica of the NES console, the NES controller, cartridge, as well as a television running Super Mario Bros.
A further report from German publication PromoBricks claims the set will consist of 2,646 parts and cost around €229 / $250. The site claims the Lego NES will release in August.
Lego has since officially teased the Lego NES with a video published on its Twitter account:
The NES console will feature plenty of detail, the sites report, including the ability to open its front cover and insert a Lego cartridge.
The Lego television is said to feature a crank which will move the on-screen Mario from one side of the screen to the other.
The publication also claims that the set will feature support for the upcoming Lego Mario figure, which users will reportedly be able to plug into the top of the television for audio effects.
The special interactive Lego Mario sets are also due for release in August, and see players collecting coins and defeating enemies in real-life ‘levels’. Lego Mario features LCD screens and a speaker to interact with the brick courses.
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.
Lego hopes to have a “long and fruitful” relationship with Nintendo and its IPs.
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.
As first revealed by VGC, Nintendo is planning to celebrate Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary this year with several major releases, new and old.
As part of its anniversary celebrations, Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalogue this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, VGC was told, including 1996’s Super Mario 64, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy.