"Lego Mario time!", Charles Martinet's voice speaks as Mario, the legendary video game character and Nintendo mascot of the 35 years of the Super Mario franchise, I am suddenly taken back to my youth of pixels, power-ups and bricks and it is glorious.
Few things sum up my childhood better than the original 2D adventures of Super Marios on the NES and SNES game consoles, and my vast collection of weird and wonderful Lego sets. Then, when I heard Lego making a Mario set, it seemed like a forgotten wish that I made as a child suddenly came true.
These sets, once assembled, look like perfect pixel reactions from the world of classic video games, with their vibrant and vibrant colors, question blocks, Goombas, castles, Yoshi … it's all here!
But these are not just beautifully designed design pieces. These toys come to life thanks to the figure of Mario and the smart technology inside him, as well as stickers and special blocks placed on the sets.
The starter set is a great introduction to what Lego Super Mario can do, as it includes a mobile platform, launchpad, baby Bowser and a Goomba – plus a block of questions and other elements.
This set is necessary to play with other sets, as it contains Lego Mario, which cannot be purchased separately.
This basic course also provides the starting channel and the final flag required to run the course. Additional sets provide more obstacles, interactions and enemies, allowing you to build and customize your own Mario land.
The Starter set includes a blocky Lego Mario in the original 8-bit pixel look, which perfectly translates into the Lego brick aesthetic.
Powered by two AA batteries, the electronic Mario is packed with advanced technology.
It features a small LCD screen on the chest that animates and reacts to specific bricks and stickers, a screen on the mouth and eyes that blink, giving it an expressive face and increasing its charm. The toy has a speaker that speaks saying things like "Lego Mario Time" and "Yahooooo" etc., in addition to playing music.
It features over 100 reactions based on what is playing and how it is moving around the world, leading you to play sound effects in classic video games.
A scanner on the bottom of the toy is capable of reading special stickers and some bricks, allowing Mario to react to the object, enemy or environment, as he would in video games.
For example, red bricks are read like lava and he screams as a fire icon appears on his chest and sounds of video game lava are played as his eyes meet.
It also contains a motion sensor that allows you to react when jumping or moving and produce the appropriate sound effect. Surprisingly, the sound effects and screams he makes were never annoying and always brought a smile to my face.
When it is placed in a folding pipe, the course begins and the iconic 1980s music is played, a 60-second countdown begins as you move Mario through the level, collecting virtual coins, stepping on enemies and avoiding dangers and reaching the end point before the clock runs out, just like in video games.
It also has a Bluetooth button, allowing it to connect to the Lego Mario App and receive updates. Nothing was more indicative that I was living in 2020 when I downloaded an update for a toy.
Mario also tracks your progress and the number of coins you have collected in the playthrough, which is stored in the app, allowing you to compete with friends to see who gets the highest score.
The sets are very simple to build, as they are built as smaller elements, like a bridge and then an enemy, then a piece of grass to be connected at the end and the expansion sets are added to further increase their epic scale.
The Lego Mario App for smartphones includes step-by-step instructions and guide for building your own Mushroom Kingdom.
The starter set retails for £ 49.99 with expansion sets ranging from £ 8.99 to Power packs, £ 17.99 for smaller expansion like Whomp & # 39; s Lava Trouble, £ 24.99 for medium size sets like Mario house and Yoshi expansion up to £ 89.99 for Bowser Castle Chief Battle Expansion Set.
The character packs that create an accessible and easy way to add to your world are random. Currently, there are 10 characters available: Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa.
This means that the 10 characters you do not know what your purchase is and it is likely that if you try to collect them, you will eventually double and need to continue shopping.
These Lego sets are not cheap and you must have the initial course to use them properly, but considering the amount of advanced technology included in Mario specifically, it seems very reasonable.
Lego sets look like a real-world version of Super Mario Maker building, playing and experimenting with layouts and route settings.
Lego Super Mario is a fun and addictive loop or gameplay that divides them and starts to change elements here and there. With a series of fun and quirky sets, characters and powerups available for purchase, it is very tempting to choose just one or two more sets and continue to expand your Super Mario world.
I can't think of a better collaboration: Lego Super Mario sets are not only beautiful worlds like diorama, recreating the most iconic and recognizable video game of all time, but fantastic toys filled with incredible technology and are also a brilliant educational tool. Teaching children to build and solve problems, while being creative and allowing children to learn while playing.
Sets are a great bonding experience, bridging the gap between old players who grew up playing classic games and their children. I really can't wait to share this set with my son and introduce him to the magical world of Lego and Nintendo games that shaped a lot of my childhood and, hopefully, will shape his too.
Lego Super Mario Starter Set comes out August 1st for £ 49.99 and is available at Lego website