Pre-orders open for the first Lego Super Mario set, and two new expansion sets are revealed.
The Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course will be released on August 1, 2020, it has been confirmed.
The set includes an interactive Super Mario figure that collects coins in real-life levels created with Lego bricks. It features LCD screens in its eyes, mouth, and belly that respond to player actions. An embedded speaker also plays music and sounds from Nintendo’s iconic video game franchise.
The Mario figure is also required for use in a range of upcoming expansions. The first two have been announced as the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set.
Speaking about the new sets, Lego design lead Jonathan Bennink said:
“We were thrilled to see the global reaction to news of Lego Super Mario. Fans have been keen to learn more, so I am pleased that today we were able to reveal more details about this exciting new collaboration that has led to a reimagination of the Lego building experience and an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario. We can’t wait to see fans get creative and challenge each other with this highly engaging and social play experience.”
Also excited is Nintendo’s executive officer and game producer, Takashi Tezuka, who adds:
“Super Mario has continued to appear, always in a form adapted to the current hardware of the time. I am thankful that in this project with the Lego Group, Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play. It’s very exciting to think of Lego Mario becoming a real friend to children and to picture them playing in their very own Mario world that they imagined themselves.”
According to today’s announcement, the starter course can be combined with the expansion sets to unlock unique challenges and characters. The entire line will also be supported by a free mobile app that tracks player scores and provides interactive assembly instructions.
Take a closer look at Lego Super Mario in the new trailer.
The Lego Super Mario Starter Course is priced at 59.99 EUR/USD, the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set is 29.99 EUR/USD, and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Set comes in at a princely 99.99 EUR/USD. Pre-orders are open now from the Lego Store, Amazon, and other online retailers.