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Lego Super Mario is Mario Maker for your tabletop

Lego Super Mario brings two companies renowned for creativity together at last.



Lego Super Mario set
Lego / Nintendo

Lego Super Mario brings two companies renowned for creativity together at last.

Tired: Mario breaking blocks. Wired: Mario building blocks.

Today, the Lego Group and Nintendo announced a fascinating partnership. While it was teased on Mar10, this morning we got our first concrete details on Lego Super Mario.


Turns out, it seems pretty cool! Basically, Lego and Nintendo are creating a physical set seeking to bring the experience of building and playing Mario levels to your tabletop.

Playing with Lego Super Mario

“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,” said Takashi Tezuka, executive officer and game producer at Nintendo.

Nintendo UK tweeted a video today showing some of the upcoming sets in action. The plastic Mario figure at the center of the action has digital eyes and a small screen on its chest. The screen can display a timer, a coin icon, flames to indicate that Mario is on fire, a waving flag to indicate victory, etc.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered. Like, for example, will the sets come with rules to govern play? Like, how do you replicate the feeling of playing a Mario level when you control everything?

We’ll find out for sure when Lego Super Mario launches later this year.

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