October 1, Friday, marks the next big release blitz of LEGO products. Among them: the LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395). Most LEGO news sources would have featured this splendid videogame-based set by now. Having five levels of the Nintendo 64 “Super Mario” game replicated would easily grab franchise fans’ attention. The set also features the main game characters as microfigures. The three-piece Mario microfigure even became a breakout favorite feature of the Question Mark Block (71395). If you have doubts about that, then check out this teaser from a tech-savvy LEGO fan. He just put a LEGO-microfig Mario in Super “Mario 64.”
Brick Fanatics just featured a Twitter post advertising another poster’s mod to “Super Mario 64” on the Nintendo 64. It shows a level from the game, but with the 64-bit polygonal Mario avatar replaced by a digital microfigure version. This looks just like the microfig from Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395).
The tweet by @NathanielBandy1 describes the mod image as the work of a @KazeEmanuar, one that releases around this weekend. It therefore comes out a day or two after LEGO launches the Question Mark Block set.
what if lego mario 64, but it's actually mario 64?
— Nathaniel Bandy (@NathanielBandy1) September 27, 2021
The thing about modding…
While this is fascinating and an indicator of LEGO Super Mario set 71395’s memorability, we won’t discuss this further. Apparently this “Mario 64” mod was done on emulator, which is in a gray area with developers and publisher/manufacturers. Nintendo making “Mario 64” and several other N64 titles playable via Nintendo Switch Online also does this project little favors. Still the fact that, only weeks after its reveal, the Question Mark Block (71395) already inspired game modders, speaks to LEGO’s success in courting “Super Mario” fans. While we wish @KazeEmanuar luck with his mod, we’ll just return to the actual thing now. LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395) comes out October 1 at $169.99.