Nintendo and Lego are seemingly working together on a Lego set that lets you "build" the iconic NES from 1985. If you're the kind of person who loves to build elaborate Lego structures, get ready to warp to World 8.
Pictures of the new Lego set were published on the Chinese game site VJGamer, as well as the German site Lego site Promo Bricks. It's always wise to be cautious around rumors and seeming leaks, but earlier today Lego's Twitter account teased a product that certainly looks similar to the published pictures.
There's no arguing that the set presented in the pictures is a thing of beauty. Not only will you (supposedly) be able to build the NES deck itself, but also the controller, a Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt game cartridge, and an old CRT television complete with "wood" paneling, knobs, and an antenna. Finally, you can assemble the "picture" on the TV screen, which is a still of Mario jumping through World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Besides Mario, we see bricks, Goomba enemies, pits, clouds, bushes, and everything that Super Mario Bros. is still world-famous for.
Additional pictures on VJGamer indicate the Lego NES set can probably interact with Nintendo's new Lego line. According to VGC, Promo Bricks reports the set is coming in August, and will have a price tag of €229 (approximately $260 USD).
I've no doubt this set will prove tremendously popular, and I'm looking forward to seeing it fully constructed. I won't be participating, mind you: my childhood drawers were filled with model set instructions I'd crumpled out of frustration. Too many broken hearts. Too many agonized meetings between the bottom of my foot and stray pieces on the floor.