After being launched in early August in the United States, Lego Super Mario is about to arrive in Brazil. That’s because, by surprise, Amazonbrasileira started the pre-sale of the so-called ‘starter pack’ of the character’s universe.
Scheduled for release on September 8, the kit has 231 pieces that can be used to set up stages for the mustachioed plumber’s game. According to the store itself, the kit contains an interactive figure of Marioque that gives instant expressive responses through an LCD screen and speaker.
The set mixes blocks and technology, all simulating the classic plumber’s game. “We had to create this new way of playing together from scratch, because it’s not a video game but also not a Lego,” said Jonathan Bennink, design manager at Lego’s Creative Play Lab. The game was developed for four years until it got off the ground. According to Bennick, the novelty is focused on freely creating stages with bricks that can be modified, adjusted and mixed with each other and with classic Lego pieces.
‘Starter pack’ has 231 assembled parts. Photo: Divulgao
The main highlight of the game is Mario himself. The character is much bigger than the traditional Lego dolls. “a color sensor, which detects a color palette,” explained Bennink.
“You can also use bricks to create floors and read the pieces, which have a small bar code. Mario has a unique reaction to these bricks: he knows when the floor starts and when it finishes, what is inside the block with a point question and take something from him. Different characters also have the code, so Mario knows whether a guy is good or bad “, he adds.
In the USA, in addition to the ‘starter pack’, there are two other expansion sets that join the original to increase the possibilities. Each of the extra packs has a specific theme: the Piranha Plant Power Slide, whose theme is the game’s carnivorous plant; and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle, which refers to the villain Bowser. However, there is still no information about the launch of the other members of the collection.
As stated, the kit will be launched in September here, but can already be purchased in the pre-sale system. The suggested retail price is R $ 569.99.
Mountable version of the NES console
After rumors and some leaks – in addition to a revealed teaser – Lego confirmed the launch of a buildable version of the NES console – popularly known as Nintendinho here. As expected, the console is not functional. However, there is a TV that has a partially static version of the game Super Mario Bros.
With the small character and a hand crank located on the side of the device, the user can control the mustachioed plumber through a phase that passes in the background. The kit also has a component called “Action Brick” that can interact with Lego Mario previously announced by the company.
Once a TV is attached, the character reacts to enemies, obstacles and power-ups displayed on the screen. Obviously, the package would not be complete without a controller and a cartridge. It is possible to open the front of the device so that the cartridge can be placed. The complete kit, which includes more than 2,600 parts to assemble, hits the market on August 1 and costs US $ 229.99 (R $ 1,265 in direct conversion).