Ahead of the August 1 release, LEGO and Nintendo have unveiled the entire lineup for their anticipated Super Mario collaboration. The collection includes a Starter Course along with ten expansion sets, four power-up packs, and numerous character packs.
“We are very excited to bring Mario into the physical world through interactive and social LEGO play”, said Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of the LEGO Group. “With this experience we will help millions of kids with love for Mario to engage and play in a completely new way, where they are in control of creating and playing games with their favorite character. By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids."
The LEGO Mario figure is designed to collect coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. It is Bluetooth-enabled with smartphone connectivity, while also featuring LCD displays on Mario’s eyes, mouth, and stomach, as well as a speaker for music and sound effects. The video below shows the interactive Mario being used in real life.
The Mario figure comes with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course ($59.99) and "action bricks" that interact with the figure. Users can build their own course, complete with a starting pipe and flag at the end, similar to a Mario level. The LEGO Super Mario app then allows you to track scores, while also providing instructions for designing courses.
LEGO has created multiple expansion sets to complement the Adventures with Mario Starter Course, equipped with new characters and even harder challenges. Retailing for $29.99, the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set brings new gameplay elements, while the larger Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set ($99.99) introduces users to the big boss, Bowser.
Each of the expansion sets is designed around familiar Mario levels and other elements from the franchise. They retail for anywhere between $20 and $100. The power-up packs are priced at $10, while the character packs are $5.
See below for the full lineup:
- Adventures with Mario Starter Course: $59.99 - Guarded Fortress Expansion Set: $49.99 - Desert Pokey Expansion Set: $19.99 - Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set: $19.99 - Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set: $29.99 - Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set: $29.99 - Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set: $29.99 - Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set: $69.99 - Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set: $99.99 - Thwomp Drop Expansion Set: $39.99 - King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set: $59.99 - Fire Mario Power-up Pack: $9.99 - Propeller Mario Power-up Pack: $9.99 - Cat Mario Power-up Pack: $9.99 - Builder Mario Power-up Pack: $9.99 - Character Packs: $4.99
“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play”, said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “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.”
LEGO is scheduled to launch its Super Mario collaboration on August 1. You can go ahead and pre-order select pieces from the collection today.