The Lego Mario Starter Set Will Cost the Same as a Full Price Mario Game

The Lego Mario Starter Set Will Cost the Same as a Full Price Mario Game

Lego ain't cheap, and getting your plastic plumber will set you back $60.

Neither video games nor Lego kits are the cheapest hobbies to have, but since so many different companies and creators make games, there are often more deals to be had there. Nintendo, meanwhile, is notorious for not discounting its games for a long while, and with its Super Mario team-up with Lego, the entry price to the brick-built Mushroom Kingdom is a familiar sum to gamers: $59.99.

Today, Lego and Nintendo showed off the first three kits in the Lego Super Mario product line, now set to launch on August 1. The first of these kits, and the one you'll need to properly enjoy all the others, is the $60 Super Mario Starter Course, which comes with the electronic Lego brick version of Mario himself.

Lego has packed a fair amount of tech into the little Mario figurine. On top of the screens for his eyes, and chest and a speaker that plays familiar sound effects and new Charles Martinet-recorded voice lines, there's an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a sensor that can detect the colors of the bricks under his feet. Spin Mario around on a turntable arm and he'll react, putting him on a red plate is equivalent to stepping on lava, and so on.

The other two kits revealed today are "expansion sets" for the Super Mario line and don't include the Mario figure. One, the Piranha Planet Power Slide, features a teeter-totter with two plants, a couple Goombas, and a Koopa—that all costs $29.99. The Bowser's Castle Boss Battle set looks far more substantial, and comes in at $99.99 (yes, the big boss is sold separately, but you'll still have a Bowser Jr. to pit Mario against in the Starter Course).

Right now, only the Starter Course is available for pre-order through Lego's online store, and it'll come with a small bonus kit of other modular course pieces valued at $14.99. The original announcement of the Super Mario product line showed off a Lego version of Yoshi, not seen in any of these kits, so it's possible other expansion sets may be available come August 1 as well.

If you're looking to complete the entire Lego Super Mario line, you're already looking at spending close to $200 for just these three sets. Really though, $60 isn't too bad a price for a licensed Lego product that includes a fancy figure with LCD screens and other features. For comparison's sake, a Lego Fast and Furious Dodge Charger coming out soon will cost $99.99, and while it has more pieces and is a more complex Lego build, it doesn't utilize a one-off electronic brick. Just imagine the cost if it came with a tiny, talking Vin Diesel, too.

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