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Looks Like Lego's Making A Brick-Built NES That Plays Mario On A Retro TV [Update: It's Real]

The box shot, photographed against a sheet or curtain desperately in need of steaming.
The box shot, photographed against a sheet or curtain desperately in need of steaming.
Photo: VJ Gamer

Chinese website VJ Gamer (via Resetera) has uploaded a series of photos of what looks like Lego set 71374, a 2,646 brick recreation of a Nintendo Entertainment System complete with controller, cartridge, and a retro TV set that plays Super Mario Bros. when a crank on the side is turned. I’d buy it.

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While there’s no official confirmation as of this writing, the Lego NES would serve as an excellent companion piece to the rash of Lego Super Mario sets launching on August 1. According to German website Stonewars.DE, the NES set is due out the same day as the rest of the Mario kits, priced at 229.99 euros, which would be $230 USD going by traditional Lego pricing.

One of the VJ Gamer photos shows the Super Mario figure from the official interactive sets sitting atop the retro television build, with text indicating the figure interacts with the new set in some fashion.

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Is that a suction cup?
Is that a suction cup?
Photo: VJ Gamer

The set is actually reminiscent of an interactive NES creation from LEGO builder Brandon Jones that popped up on YouTube last year. Rather than the crank used in this allegedly official set, Jones’ build used a motor to cycle the scenery behind his makeshift Mario figure.

If this is an official Lego set, and I have got a feeling it is, we’re sure to hear something from The Lego Group and/or Nintendo some time between now and the August 1 launch.

Oh hey, look what popped up while I was writing.

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Update - 8:00 a.m., 7/14/20: Lego officially confirmed the NES set this morning in a press release alongside the following trailer showing both the TV set crank and Super Mario figure in action:

It’s $200 and comes out August 1. Super Mario figure not included.

Update - 8:56 a.m., 7/14/20: Price of the set listed on Lego’s website has been updated to $230.

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Jester David

Oh man, it looks like to get the level displayed on the screen you need to buy one of the game/ toy sets. That feels like a bit more of a cash grab from Lego. You can’t just get the collector’s piece as a stand-alone item.

I hope the one in the first image is possible on its own and the toy sets just add more pieces or options.