Super Mario 64 is one of the most iconic moments in gaming history for its contributions to 3D platformers, and with 25 years since its release now having passed, it only makes sense for the LEGO Group to make a reference-filled set for the game.
There are plenty of features in the build that players new and old will recognise and appreciate, and even some you might miss, so here’s four that we spotted.
Within the lobby of Princess Peach’s Castle lies the sky-painted lobby filled with rooms, each with a single painting hung on the wall. Not only do these artworks add a nice touch of colour to the castle, but they also allow Mario to transport to other worlds and areas.
These Warp Paintings each featured a unique piece of art depending on the level, and the LEGO Group has included the three corresponding portraits in 71395 Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block for Cool Cool Mountain, Lethal Lava Trouble (originally named Lethal Lava Land) and Bob-omb Battlefield. While we’re at it, we’ll also give an honourable mention to the print of the stained glass window.
The original block
Despite 71395 Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block using the undoubtedly iconic yellow block as the case for the Super Mario 64 levels, the game featured no such block. Instead, red checkered bricks could be found floating in levels.
Whilst it’s understandable that the LEGO Group would have preferred to use the more recognisable version, one of the original designs does appear floating above the brick-built Bob-omb Battlefield. Now you just need to figure out how to get Mario up there.
A Power Star
It’s already been confirmed that the digital Mario figure from 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course (or Luigi from 71387 Adventures with Luigi Starter Course) will let you scan around the set for hidden power stars, and we think we’ve found one.
At the end of the LEGO Lethal Lava Trouble level lies a single gold star-shaped brick. This is likely to represent one of the game’s collectable Power Stars but it’s not yet known how LEGO Mario will scan it, as none of the usual scan points can be seen in the build, well except for one.
The scan point
One scan point can be found cleverly hidden in the design of the microscale Princess Peach’s Castle. The sun-shaped emblem on the floor features a barcode-like tag for the larger Mario figure to scan, starting the quest for the hidden Power Stars.
Exactly how this quest will function has yet to be revealed but having the gameplay start at Princess Peach’s Castle is a notable nod to the story of the game. When paired with the paintings in the lobby, it should make for a surprisingly full LEGO Super Mario 64 experience.