LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System has been unveiled today, with the US price listed at $199.99 – some fans in North America were suspicious of that excellent value, thinking it was too good to be true. It was, as the LEGO Group has now confirmed that the price will be $229.99.
The set will be released at LEGO.com on August 1. It builds the classic NES console along with an old-fashioned television set using 2,646 pieces.
71374 Nintendo Entertainment System 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.
“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.”