As well as launching LEGO Super Mario, the LEGO Group and Nintendo will release LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System on August 1. The classic NES console is recreated using LEGO elements along with an old-fashioned television set.
The set uses 2,646 pieces and will be priced at £209.99 in the UK, $229.99 in the USA. It has been packed with detail to appeal to the most ardent Nintendo fan and includes a special Super Mario element featuring an 8-bit depiction of the character. A handle operates a scrolling screen, so that Mario can travel through the level just as he did in Super Mario Bros.
Here is the official product description and images:
Do you love video games? Did you play Super Mario Bros. back in the day? Or do you just enjoy a hands-on, creative activity in your spare time? If so, this nostalgic LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) model kit is perfect for you.
The brick-built NES is packed with realistic details, including an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking function and a controller with a connecting cable and plug. The console comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen, plus an action brick to scan with LEGO Mario (figure not included; find in the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course set – 71360) so he reacts to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just like in the Super Mario Bros. game.
This unique set is part of an inspiring collection of LEGO building sets for adults that make fabulous gifts for yourself and hobbyist friends who enjoy DIY challenges and proudly displaying their creations.
“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” says LEGO Creative Lead Maarten Simons. “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.”