LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) Officially Revealed

Following yesterday’s teaser and leaks, LEGO has finally unveiled its next 18+ set that hits all those nostalgic buttons for all LEGO Nintendo fans. The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) features a brick-built, properly scaled, NES console complete with all of its original details as we know it from our early video gaming days. It’s a great way to celebrate both our love for LEGO and Nintendo, especially that the latter is now celebrating the NES console’s 35th anniversary this year.

The realistic features of the LEGO NES go beyond its scale – it also features an opening slot with a locking function, recreating that nostalgic click while loading the NES cartridge. It also comes with a classic brick-built NES controller and a brick replica of Nintendo’s 8-bit Super Mario Bros video game cartridge. And to top it off, the set also includes an ingenious retro television set that can be scrolled horizontally, for that iconic side-scrolling experience. As a bonus, the interactive Super Mario figure that comes with the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360) set can also be activated once placed on top of the brick TV for additional, classic in-game sounds.

There’s a lot to unpack from this set actually, considering all the subtle details that the LEGO design team has included. Watch the set’s promotional video below.

The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) comes in at 2,646 pieces and will retail for $229.99 once it is available at LEGO Shop@Home in August. Read on for the set’s complete product description, together with crisp, HD images. You may also click on the following affiliate link below for more details.

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374)

2,646 pieces | $229.99 | Arriving on August 1, 2020 

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374)

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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.

Authentic and interactive
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; found 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.

Creative fun
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.

  • Trigger nostalgic memories as you build this wonderfully detailed LEGO® brick Nintendo Entertainment System™ (71374) and interactive, 1980s-style television displaying the classic Super Mario Bros.™ game. • The TV has a handle-operated scrolling screen and if you scan the action brick by placing LEGO® Mario™ (figure not included) in the slot on top, he will react to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups. • Authentic details of the NES console are recreated in LEGO® style, including a controller and an opening slot for the buildable Game Pak with a realistic locking function to delight Super Mario Bros.™ fans. • Whether you were an NES gamer back in the day, a fan of retro stuff, or are just looking for an immersive, fun, creative DIY project to leave you feeling revitalized, this 2,646-piece model building kit is ideal for you.
  • The buildable TV measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 9” (23.5cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep, and alongside the NES model makes a cool display item for your home or office. It also makes the best LEGO® gift for gamer friends.
  • No batteries required – combine this playset with the LEGO® Mario™ figure in the LEGO® Super Mario™ Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) to activate the TV’s interactive features.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions help you to build with confidence, even if you are a LEGO® newcomer. Also included is an illustrated booklet about the creation of the Nintendo Entertainment System™ and classic NES games.
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Surprise! LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) Coming In August!

I’ve been down and out during these past few days (okay, more than that I guess) due to a very worrisome case of cough and colds. And imagine my surprise when I finally got back to check things out on what LEGO has been building lately. Lo and behold – here’s something that will have every LEGO Nintendo fan jumping from their seats. Because as it turns out, we can all expect the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) to arrive sometime in August and it’s a long time coming of great things to come from an official LEGO-Nintendo partnership.

This info came from Chinese gaming blog site VJ Gamer, where box art images of the set also appeared on their site. Since the author of the site did not make it clear where he got the images of the boxed set, I’m playing on the safe side here on not showing the set’s images since it is most likely to be under embargo. However, I guess its fair game for me to give my thoughts on this very, very beautiful set.

From the get-go, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) clearly has the older, and Nintendo-nostalgic LEGO community in mind. The box art design also sports the new 18+ design, hinting on the fact that is intended for AFOLs. The set comes in at 2,646 pieces that allow you to build a 1:1 brick-built NES console with controller. It also comes with a similarly scaled game cartridge of the very first Super Mario video game for the NES. And to top off the iconic video game experience, there’s also a classic, brick-built CRT television to hook up the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment console.

By now, we are all familiar with how LEGO pays careful attention to details, and this LEGO NES is loaded with those little touches that make LEGO sets like this more endearing. As it seems, this set will come with a collection of uniquely molded Super Mario characters never before seen even in the new LEGO Super Mario sets. The LEGO NES will feature a collection of new, irregularly shaped tile pieces that take inspiration from the game’s classic 8-bit format. We have Mario himself, a Goomba, a Super Mushroom, a Red Shell, a Super Star, and a Mystery (?) Block. Beyond aesthetics, the LEGO NES also has several play features that allow you to have the 8-bit LEGO Mario ‘move’ on the TV screen using a lever mounted on the side. Plus, placing the newer LEGO Super Mario figure (from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course 71360) on top of the brick-built TV set will most likely activate new voice features from the figure itself.

Lastly according to VJ Gamer, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) will be available starting August 1 and will retail for 229.99 Euro. Given that the official reveal will most likely happen in two weeks’ time, we can surely expect LEGO’s official reveal anytime soon.

So what do you think of this latest LEGO set? Are you excited about this as much as we are? Fire away with your comments below.

Special thanks to Lukas from Stone Wars for the heads up.

LEGO Super Mario is Really Happening!

In a surprising turn of events earlier today, LEGO has dropped a teaser bomb that left most LEGO and Nintendo fans in awe. It’s a long time coming, and fans are still grasping for hints and details on what this upcoming LEGO Super Mario theme is, as announced by LEGO themselves through their social media channels.

There has been a lot of fan theories on what this reveal will be. However, based on the promotional teaser above, it’s really kind of hard to tell what it will be. For starters, the timing of LEGO’s announcement couldn’t be better: March 10 is the official global Happy Mario Day, celebrating Nintendo’s entire Super Mario franchise. Nintendo has chosen this day back in 2016 as the de facto date for the annual celebration, though it does not necessarily mean that it was the official date when the first titular Super Mario video game was released. March 10 was selected simply because of its uncanny resemblance (Mar10) to our plumber hero’s name.

Speaking of resemblance, the figure that LEGO teased in their most recent promotion is needless to say, far from the typical LEGO minifigure that we have. In fact, my first impression upon seeing this LEGO Mario is that it might very well pass for a LEGO Duplo figure, with its 4-stud wide base and over-sized blocky head.

LEGO Super Mario
This first official image of a LEGO Super Mario figure seems to follow the design of those found in LEGO Duplo.

Knowledgable Super Mario fans also point out to the fact that this official LEGO version has a very similar look to that of Mario Zone – one of the areas featured in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. There is a bit of truth in that similarity considering that this LEGO version of Mario does not seem to be quite organic with its electronic screen, and analog eyes and mouth.

The Mario Zone – a level featured in the 1992 Nintendo video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Fans are still speculating if this LEGO-Nintendo collab will either lead to a wave of new LEGO Super Mario sets, or a new LEGO video game. LEGO is obviously keeping a tight lid on what it has in store – even LEGO’s VP for Design Matthew Ashton is not telling.

With this recent announcement, it clear that LEGO and Nintendo have moved on with their once bitter rivalry when the LEGO Group sued Japan’s biggest video game company back in the 60s for the latter’s introduction of N&B Block. Past forward in 2020, we can now expect great things to come now that they hurdled the licensing issues that weighed down both companies. For the longest time, LEGO fans have translated their love for both LEGO and Nintendo games in many creative ways that made us wish that these are actual LEGO sets. One great example are these custom LEGO Mario Cubes created by our pals from Build Better Bricks.

Honestly, I hope that LEGO Super Mario is just the beginning. With so many Nintendo names and titles to choose from to become an official LEGO set, we might be looking at the beginning of a LEGO Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Metroid, and other LEGO Nintendo subthemes. The possibilities are so very exciting!

So what’s your take on this surprising announcement? Are we to see new LEGO Super Mario sets, and if so, what sets are you looking forward to? Or is this a new video game or LEGO lifestyle partnership in the works? Tell us what you think in the comments below.