If you haven't already bought and assembled the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, there's a really nostalgic - and cool - easter egg contained within this particular build that you need to know about.
For those of you who have no intention of adding this kit to your Nintendo or LEGO collection - read on. Located underneath a side panel of the system is a recreation of Super Mario Bros. World 1-2. It even features the warp zone section at the end, allowing you to jump ahead in the game. Take a look below:
IGN's Brian Altano described his own discovery of this during the building process:
I started building something underneath this removable panel on the side. And it started to come together as something that was vaguely familiar and I realised I was building World 1-2 on the side of this NES, complete with the moving platforms in orange, the warp pipe that brings you to world 1-3, or if you wanna hop over all of that, you can go down here to the warp zone which will bring you way way further into the game, depending on which of these things you hop into.
That is one of the coolest little easter eggs I've ever seen in a LEGO kit, and it just hides right here under this NES, I think the average person wouldn't even know it was there.
It's rather fitting considering the entire kit is themed around Super Mario Bros. Have you added the LEGO NES to your Nintendo collection yet? Tell us down below.
I will pass I can get a RetroUSB AVS cheaper then what they want for this thing.
I quite enjoy listening to Brian Altano in IGN's Nintendo Voice Chat along with Peer Schneider. Very funny dude. It's always fun when Nintendo journalists/content creators reference other journalists/content creators I know. It's like a real-life Smash Bros.!
209 british pounds??NoThank You
The rest of the line looks like DUPLO. Kind of a bummer, since most of what they're putting into those sets is from an era decades before any audience it might appeal to. It didn't have to be this way, they could have done something better.
@KoopaTheQuick In an interview with the lead producer, they talked about why Mario isn't a normal minifigure https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/07/exclusive_lego_super_mario_lead_designer_on_3d-printed_prototypes_aborted_ar_and_meeting_koji_kondo
With toy stores like Toys R Us already dead here in the U.S. It's pointless to even bring this here. No kids aside from collectors will ever want this.
@retro_player_77 With that price alone it's definitely aimed at collectors.
@retro_player_77 This wasn't designed for kids. They are designed for collectors. When Lego produces these kinds of things, like they do a lot with Star Wars, they are always incredibly expensive and are always aimed at that market.
It's only a matter of time until someone mods the LEGO NES to play Super Mario Bros. on it for real.
@retro_player_77 Well it’s for collectors not kids 🤦🏻♂️
Of course people would know about it after assembling the whole thing?!
Lego Stores are also a thing too.
@Mynemo ha, a British pound isn’t worth all that much. Brexit saw to that. Picked up mine yesterday with some bonus COVID cash.
@Tasuki For a LEGO set it's relatively cheap, considering the number of pieces included in this set.
I like it! At that price though... Hmmmmm nah.
If it was coming in at around the hundred quid mark, yeah, I could justify the outlay on it. At present though.. Just no.
Sadly these will probably never drop in price, as they'll simply keep get snaffled up by the rabid collectors, thus keeping the price at a premium.
From there, they'll simply be moved into a glass cabinet to be ominously leered at forever, and ever and ever and ever.
Just leave this here if people are unaware there are kind of Lego Mario minifigure relased by the company Knex who also did a family guy and plants vs zombies line!
@KoopaTheQuick K’nex released a line of Lego like Mario minifigures!
1. This is for collectors, not children
2. Online Shopping and other stores exist
3. It's $250 because LEGO Sets are normally pricey, it's approved by Nintendo, and again, not aimed at kids, it's aimed at collectors
Also Toys R Us is making a small comeback anyways.
This set, this idea, is absolutely amazing. Too bad I won't experience it.
It's cool but if I'm going to pay that much I'd rather just build a real NES for a fraction of the cost.
When I first read about it, I somehow thought it's a working NES made of LEGO. The price tag seemed reasonable for that. Then I found out it's just LEGO... Disappointed and surprised by the price tag... But man, how cool would be a working unit in a LEGO housing...
That is pretty cool.
I’d buy this at half the price and give up the stupid TV. Hell, I’d buy just the cartridge if I could. The whole set is very unnecessary.
I’d love to have it but I could buy a brand new Switch Lite for less
Why would I want a dead NES? Because its made by LEGO? No thanx. Form follows function.
@retro_player_77 I have nothing more to say. I just got jealous from all these guys that replied to you and wanted to do what the rest of the gang did
All comments complaining about the price never bought a lego set in the past 10-15 years I reckon.
Cute looking set but ultimately a waste of money.
@Octane This. I don't care about what some 14 year old thinks.
@Tasuki good for you
Dang! Now I want this a little more...
Now that is brilliant, but still not worth the money. Sorry but Lego is too expensive, there must be such a massive mark up they are raking it in.
I asked that question in another thread:
What price tag is appropriate for this set and why?
@Tasuki I love my Retro USB AVS. It's a wonderful investment for fans of the original console.
It's hard for me to even look at this Lego NES. I haven't played with Legos since I was 10, but this is pure nostalgia. There's no way I can justify the price. My wife would think I was crazy. I already have an AVS for my 50" 4k, a toaster NES hooked up to a CRT (for zapper games), a boxed mint condition toaster with R.O.B., an NES mini (for the bedroom), and the Switch NSO NES controllers. There's no justifying a Lego model.
The price it's at is definitely appropriate. Most people on this thread have never bought a Lego set for themselves. They have always been reasonably expensive. However, if you're in the camp that thinks Lego in general is priced to high, I'd say those people are looking for something in $150 USD range
@MrBlacky my meaning was, if it was a working NES unit, with an actual NES inside and just a LEGO housing, then the price tag would be reasonable. Like this, just LEGO, it's way too high!
I hope the plastic doesn’t warp...
Done, built it yesterday and last night. Great amazing experience!
I haven’t built a LEGO set since the 1990s other than helping my young kids occasionally with theirs. I also have never had anything approaching this one in size or scope: 2,600 pieces (21 bags), and I hadn’t ever really used the Technic pieces much.
Overall it took me something like nine hours, but the first of those I was distracted often by kids, and I am glad to report I loved almost all of the build. Maybe it’s because this kit is unlike any set I have done before in that it actually functions, but I was constantly impressed with the ingenuity of the LEGO designers whenever I worked on a new section and wondered “what are they using these pieces here for?” and later predicted or tried some function they got the kit to perform. As an adult, I have much greater appreciation for LEGO’s amazing-quality instructions than I had before.
The only annoying part was constructing the conveyor belt on which the game action is depicted. It was about three bags for the belts and connecting pieces to build the mat on which the gameplay-objects pieces and background lay, and since it’s a lot of pieces with very little variety, it was a bit tedious, though assembly lining that section helped. If you’ve got a little helper who can do that section while you construct the everything-else-interesting-building parts, power to you. The controller is also a bit underwhelming since it is completely static, though they did a good job with the plug and port.
Totally wish the other Mario sets weren’t designed for 4-year-olds, and had the same dimensions as their standard kits.
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