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LEGO, Nintendo to Launch Buildable NES Console

A build-your-own Nintendo system is being introduced by LEGO.

The LEGO Group has announced a LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit for adults, letting grown-up fans create their own NES console with LEGO bricks. 

The new kit, the latest product of the LEGO Group and Nintendo partnership, offers a brick-built NES model that includes an accompanying 1980’s style LEGO television set. Adult fans can build a mechanically functional version of the vintage console with LEGO bricks. The new NES Building Kit will include a controller with a connecting cable and plug and an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking feature. The console itself also comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. Fans can scan an included action brick with LEGO Mario from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, so he reacts to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just as he would have in the “Super Mario Bros.” game.

“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” says Maarten Simons, creative lead, LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, the LEGO Group. “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.”

The LEGO Group and Nintendo announced their partnership earlier this year, bringing the LEGO Super Mario universe to life through a Super Mario Starter Course set that exclusively features a LEGO Mario figure. This entry point set was followed up on in May with a series of Power-Up Packs and in June with the announcement of a range of Expansion Sets and collectible Character Packs. All have been designed to build out the world of LEGO Super Mario.

This collectible NES building set is part of a range of inspirational LEGO models designed for hobbyists as they look for their next challenge. The LEGO NES will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from Aug. 1. From 2021, it will be available also at other leading retailers around the world.

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