After teasing something earlier this week on March 10 (or "MAR10" day), the Lego Group and Nintendo revealed its crossover project with the red plumber. Lego Super Mario appears to be a new way to play Mario: with some real-life bricks and real-life jumps.
A new trailer dropped today shows the large Mario figure which, when activated, has moving eyes, a small display on his chest, and noises he can make. The objective seems to be moving Mario through various levels built out of established Mario obstacles. Stomp on Goombas, pick up coins, and get to the flagpole at the end. It looks like there are different interlocking sets, characters like Yoshi and Bowser Jr., and a structure similar to older Mario games' world maps.
Not much has been shown as to how the Mario tech works, though in the trailer, you can spy a Bluetooth symbol on Mario's back. According to Lego's press release (via Brothers Brick), Lego Super Mario will arrive later this year. No word on pricing or how the sets will be broken out and structured.
Though some might have been hopeful for a new line of Lego games, this is a pretty cool new way to play some Mario. Lego has already broken into video game crossovers with sets like its Overwatch lineup, but combining tech with brick-building for a Mario experience you can build yourself is pretty neat. It's like real-life Super Mario Maker. Though I hope no one tries making a Kaizo Mario level with this set of bricks.