Fans of Lego and Super Mario Maker, your time has come. The toy giant is partnering up with Nintendo to create what it describes as an "interactive play experience" themed around Mario.
Lego Super Mario isn't a video game and it isn't a traditional Lego brick set. Instead, it's a set that allows you to create interactive Lego levels with Lego Mario as your protagonist. The Lego Group describes its new creation as "a highly social, interactive, and collaborative experience for kids". You can check out a teaser trailer for Lego Super Mario below:
Lego Mario has a display on his chest that changes depending on what he's doing. In the video, he's shown doing a number of different things that change the display in different ways. Jumping on a Goomba, for example, nets Mario coins, while spotting Yoshi displays a heart (aww) and jumping on Lego fire causes him to yelp in pain. At the end of each level, by touching the flagpole tile, you'll see how many coins Mario has collected. Lego says this build-and-play style will "combine two different styles of play". If you've ever dreamed about bringing your Super Mario Maker creations to life, now's your chance.
“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play,” said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer of Nintendo. “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.”
It's not yet clear whether Mario, the level tiles, and the other characters will all be sold as part of a set or whether they'll be sold separately, as its listed as a new product line. We'll have more information about Lego Super Mario when it launches later this year. Lego says it'll provide more info as we draw closer to the release date. In the meantime, you can check out Lego Super Mario's official website. Better get planning those courses!
Will you be checking out Lego Super Mario? Are you already planning out what your Lego levels are going to look like? Let us know in the comments below!