Following the teaser that LEGO gave us yesterday, we know have a better idea of what this new LEGO and Nintendo partnership is and how this is translated into a new and innovative play experience. Needless to say, this new LEGO Super Mario theme is very much like a mash-up of the actual video game as seen through the eyes of young LEGO brick fans.
There’s no specific set reveal yet, save for a promotional video hinting on the fact that the LEGO Super Mario theme is not made up of only one.
As you may notice from this video, the centerpiece of this building playset is the sizeable, electronic LEGO Super Mario figure that has a pair of digital eyes and an expressive mouth. The objective is to maneuver the figure across the brick-built challenges and get handsomely rewarded with digital coins in the process. The idea is very much the same with how Mario needs to navigate the many different obstacles in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. LEGO is still quite mum on the set’s release date and how much these LEGO Super Mario sets will cost, especially considering that this LEGO version of Mario is very much the same as its Amiibo cousins from created and released by Nintendo.
Read on for the full press release down below.
The LEGO Group and Nintendo Partner to Take Legendary Brick-Building to a New Level
BILLUND, March 12, 2020: The LEGO Group announced a partnership with Nintendo that will change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO® experiences.
Both companies share a passion for innovation and play and their collaboration has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience, enabling an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.
Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.
The news was also shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today (https://youtu.be/Fq3hw4imZ3g).
The video, which hints at what fans can expect when LEGO Super Mario launches later this year, shows a player using an interactive Mario figure to collect coins in a real-life game level that has been created with LEGO bricks.
“We are very excited to bring Mario into the physical world through interactive and social LEGO play”, said Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of the LEGO Group. “With this experience we will help millions of kids with love for Mario to engage and play in a completely new way, where they are in control of creating and playing games with their favourite character. By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids.”
“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play”, said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play – one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”
LEGO® Super Mario™ will launch later this year, and more information will be made available in the future. www.LEGO.com/supermario
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