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Following a brief teaser earlier this week, LEGO and Nintendo have officially unveiled their LEGO Super Mario collaboration. Some people already seem split on the appearance of the plastic plumber, but I think it looks kind of ace. And of course, Nintendo being Nintendo, this new line is far more than just a standard bunch of LEGO playsets.
As you can see from the clip below, the LEGO Super Mario playsets are actually fully interactive. It's not just a brick-by-brick recreation of Mario and his world, but an attempt at actually replicating the experience of playing the games. This is the kind of LEGO I would have lost my mind over as a kid. To be honest, even as an adult I'm still really excited by this news.
The Mario figure has small screens in his mouth and eyes, which actually allow him to react with cool little animations and sounds when he gets coins or runs into enemies. There's also a screen on his shirt that displays things like coins collected and time remaining, and even plays music that speeds up when said time starts to run out. A very cool touch.
Obviously the idea is that kids (and I suspect more than a few grown-ups) will be able to build their own Mario courses out of LEGO... and then actually play them, as if it were a classic Mario game. It's Super Mario Maker IRL!
"Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO Super Mario is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks," the official press release explains.
"The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations."
"I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play," added Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer at Nintendo. "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."
More information, like release date, price, and what kind of sets we can expect, will be announced at a later date. Until then, maybe we should start planning what kind of courses we're going to build for our kids and younger siblings. And by kids and younger siblings, I obviously mean for ourselves.
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