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LEGO ups its game with Nintendo Entertainment System kit

The LEGO Group continues to build on its partnership with Nintendo.

The LEGO Group has expanded on its partnership with Nintendo, giving adults a chance to create their own NES console with LEGO bricks.

The new kit – the latest product of the LEGO Group and Nintendo partnership – offers a brick-built Nintendo Entertainment System model packed with realistic details, including the accompanying 1980’s style LEGO television set, so nostalgic gamers and LEGO fans can recreate their favourite Super Mario Bros. childhood experiences.

The kit also includes a controller with a connecting cable and plug, plus an opening slot for the Game Pak with locking feature.

The buildable retro TV features a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. Fans can scan an included action brick with LEGO Mario from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, so he reacts to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power ups, just as he would have in the game.

“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” said Maarten Simons, creative lead on LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System at the LEGO Group. “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today.

“With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, recreating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.”

LEGO and Nintendo revealed their partnership earlier this year – the Super Mario Starter Course was followed up with a series of Power-up Packs and the announcement of a range of Expansion Sets and collectable Character Packs.

The LEGO NES will launch exclusively in LEGO Retail Stores from August 1, rolling out to other retailers from 2021.

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