Last year's announcement that LEGO Super Mario would finally happen was like a childhood dream coming true. Blending together block-building with unique character interactions, we've since had several expansions like Bowser's Castle and Toad's Treasure Hunt, and even a LEGO NES Console.
We thought highly of it ourselves, and it's become a big driving force in LEGO's recent success. As part of the LEGO Group's annual financial report, CEO Niels Christiansen confirmed it has witnessed its fastest sales growth in five years, which is now driving investment into digital platforms.
Attributing the Super Mario series as a key driver in this, he confirmed:
In 2020, we saw early benefits of these investments. A strong, diverse portfolio attracted builders of all ages. The launch of LEGO Super Mario introduced an entirely new way to play and was one of our most successful new themes.
Considering its popularity, we wouldn't be surprised to see further Super Mario sets down the line. For now, there's been no end to fan creativity with Nintendo's other series. One Zelda fan recently showcased a LEGO Temple of Time, a Metroid set was pitched two months ago, and a Nook's Cranny set was under formal review back in September.
We're interested to see what comes next but, in the meantime, if you're looking to get invested in LEGO Super Mario, you can check out our sets guide, too.
Any Nintendo LEGO sets you'd love to see? Let us know below.
[source bbc.co.uk, via brickfanatics.com]
That's good to hear. My kid loves the sets he got. So... LEGO Mario videogame when?
Were the hell is lego luigi, I will not be happy till I get him. (Great set tho Love it to bits.)
Arh the building blocks of life and sprinkle some Mario magic on it....... somebody somewhere is making a lot of money! Good stuff though and might invest at some point??
I’m not surprised, LEGO Mario really is a childhood dream come true.
It’s pretty expensive for my budget, but cool to hear that it was successful. The sets do have a lot of charm to them.
Nice! I only have the starter set but it is really well made.
I know the direction they went with is controversial but it definitely has some merit. I haven't picked up any of the larger playsets since they aren't really geared towards me but I have bought a few of the character packs and I plan on getting more, since they're only $5 each for a Mario enemy in LEGO form! If we do get other Nintendo sets, I hope they're in the traditional style though (like that Temple of Time MOC the site posted a few days ago).
Lego Zelda when?
It's good stuff but I still would've preferred "normal" sets. But it's still cool.
I know Mario's blocky look is a little off-putting, but I think the functionality of these sets is really cool and interesting. My nephew has a ton of them
There'll be a LEGO Zelda set for Christmas, you watch.
@Snatcher He had stage fright just before Lego Mario's release. I heard he was resting in a lovely mansion.
Just make a Mario of that doesn’t suck at scanning things
I'm surprised. Lego Mario seems....silly.
Lego sets have had a huge price increase in the last year as well.
I'm glad it was a success but it was not what I was looking for in Mario sets. They seemed to want these to be played with on a regular basis and I like to build and display.
I think it's pretty clear now that slapping on Nintendo can mean more than just easy money. It can mean the most successful thing ever. Another instance was Age of Calamity - best selling and fastest-selling Musou game ever, even though it's just Nintendo's 3rd collaboration.
Where is Waluigi?
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