After a leak yesterday outed a Lego model of the Nintendo Entertainment System, the upcoming set was officially announced today. Nintendo revealed that the Lego NES will be launching next month on August 1.
The Lego set itself has mechanical functions to do a clever imitation of an NES playing the original Super Mario Bros. After assembling the Lego NES itself and then the mini retro TV, you'll turn the crank on the side of the TV to watch the actual game on the screen.
The game itself on the TV is a really simplistic version of Super Mario with a brick-built background scrolling sideways behind the plumber, who hops over blocks and enemies as he goes. Both the Lego NES set as well as the Lego Super Mario Starter Set, which features the electronic Lego Super Mario figure shown in the trailer, launch together at the start of August.
These details followed after a potential Lego NES set was revealed yesterday through a leak. After pictures of the new NES set were published on a Chinese video game outlet, a German Lego-specific website also published pictures of the unconfirmed set. Then, a short while later, the official Lego Twitter account began teasing something that looked remarkably similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Lego Nintendo Entertainment System launches on August 1, alongside the Lego Super Mario Starter Set. The whole set will retail for $229.99, and boasts 2,646 total Lego bricks. The starter course in the Lego Super Mario product line, which is the only set that includes the electronic Mario figure, costs $59.99.