LEGO levels up its Super Mario partnership with LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block

LEGO has taken its partnership with Nintendo’s Super Mario to a new level, this time through the launch of the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block, an icon from the video game series that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, for a real trip down memory lane.

The new launch features the ? Block in LEGO brick form, that opens to reveal four different, but instantly recognisable levels from the video game: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble.

 The introduction of the ? Block is the latest build on the unique partnership between the LEGO Group and Nintendo, which has introduced a new way to play with LEGO bricks through the popular LEGO Super Mario product line last year

The partnership launched with the Starter Course last year, featuring an interactive LEGO Mario figure, which players can use to collect digital coins and enjoy instant responses via LED screens and a speaker.

Earlier this year, the LEGO Group launched the LEGO Adventures with Luigi Starter Course to encourage social play as the two characters can now interact with one another and jointly collect even more coins. The LEGO Super Mario universe also includes a series of Expansion Sets and Power-Up Packs, allowing builders to expand, rebuild and create unique levels in new interactive ways.

As well as including levels from the Super Mario 64 game, the ? Block set includes several microfigures of iconic characters that can be placed in the detailed scenes, such as fan-favorites Mario and Princess Peach. For interactive play, fans can also add their LEGO Mario or LEGO Luigi figures for unique music and sounds from the video game, plus seek out the hidden Power Stars that reveal secret reactions from the figures. Hints for how to find the Power Stars can be found in the Building Instructions. 

“We know how much Super Mario fans have loved the LEGO Super Mario experience, and wanted to tap into even more elements of the traditional game play capturing the immersive play experience of Super Mario 64,” said Pablo Gonzalez Gonzalez, senior designer at the LEGO Group. 

It’s difficult to imagine the Super Mario Universe without the classic game’s iconic levels full of discovery and secretsWith this amazing set, we’re building on the exciting play experience of LEGO Super Mario, both to bring a bit of nostalgia for those who played the Super Mario 64 video game, but also to introduce these wonderful levels to a whole new audience of Super Mario fans.” 

 The full list of items included in the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block set announced today are: 

·       Brick-built ? Block with 2,064-pieces. 

·       Several LEGO® Super Mario™ microfigures including: Mario, Princess Peach, and King Bob-omb, as well as a Chain Chomp, Big Bully, Mr. I, Lakitu, penguinbaby penguin and more. 

·       Four detailed, buildable versions of Super Mario 64 levels: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Trouble. 

Fans will be able to get their hands on the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block set exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from October 1, 2021. From 2022 it will become available at other leading retailers around the world. The recommended retail price for the ? Block set is 169.99 EUR/USD. 

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