Thursday 16 July 2020

LEGO NES: playing with power... and bricks

LEGO and Nintendo have officially announced a LEGO edition of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which follows the introduction of Super Mario sets (affiliate link).

“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now," said the creative lead in charge of the new set, Maarten Simons.

"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 NES dominated the American video game market in the mid-to-late eighties. Whilst it was released in the UK, via toymaker Mattel, I didn't own the much-vaunted machine, despite wanting R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) for Christmas 1987, until the launch of the official mini console in 2016.

The retro video game system, including controller, Game Pak and CRT TV, goes on sale in August for £209.99. You'll be able to buy it directly from LEGO here (affiliate link).

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