LEGO and Nintendo have partnered to reveal 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, a buildable NES console and a retro CRT “tube” TV that comes with a Super Mario Bro. cartridge and a scrolling level reminiscent of World 1-1. The instant nostalgia trip is made up of 2,646 pieces and even comes with an 8-bit Mario.
The NES will be sold exclusively by LEGO through the end of 2020 then expand to other retailers starting in 2021. The set will sell for US $229.99 | CAN $299.99 | UK £209.99 beginning August 1st, the same day that the other new LEGO Super Mario sets become available for purchase.
(Edit: LEGO originally listed the purchase price of US $199.99 online and in its press release and then updated the online price to US $299.99 and then updated it again to US $229.99. We have received confirmation from LEGO that US $229.99 will be the final price.)
The LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is the next in a series of sets targeted at adults, clearly evident by the sleek black box.
The set itself is composed of several nostalgic builds including the NES console and controller, Super Mario Bros. cartridge, and a 1980’s-style TV.
The LEGO NES opens just like the original so the game cartridge can be inserted. The instructions for the set will also feature an illustrated booklet about the creation of the Nintendo Entertainment System and other classic NES games.
The “mechanically functional” LEGO NES has an opening slot for the Game Pak cartridge which actually operates in the same way as the original console by sliding it in and pressing down. (Blowing inside the game cartridge is totally optional.)
The 1980s-style CRT “tube” television showcases a scrolling, brick-built Super Mario Bros. level. The scrolling function is controlled by a hand-operated crank on the right of the TV. The buildable TV measures over 8 inches high (22.5 cm), 9 inches wide (23.5 cm) and 6 inches deep (16 cm).
The LEGO TV also features an antenna, knobs for adjusting the channel, brightness and more (no remote available), a “LO TECH” brand marking, and even a sticker resembling manufacturers’ codes on the back.
The hero of the set is 8-bit Mario, who jumps automatically to advance through the level reminiscent of World 1-1. The scrolling level features tiles with printed Goombas, red Koopa shells, question blocks, super stars, mushrooms, coins and a warp pipe.
The top of the level features action bricks with barcodes that can be read by the light sensor in the Mario digi-fig (not included and sold separately in the LEGO Super Mario 71360 Starter Course) as they scroll by.
By placing the Mario digi-fig in the slot on the top of the buildable TV, his embedded speaker can play the soundtrack to Super Mario Bros. and react to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups.
You can get a good sense of how it works and the play features in this video featuring LEGO Designer Jonathan Bennink who gives a tour of the set and scrolling level. (Read our interview with Jonathan from when the LEGO Super Mario line was first announced.)
Taking a closer look at the parts, we see a few brand new 2×6 tiles on the game cartridge, several new recolors in dark orange and the first-ever recolor of the 1×1 round stud with handle to black in the controller (previously only available as a clear minifigure posing element).
In comparison to the actual NES console, the LEGO version is slightly smaller but replicates the overall shape and color of the original almost perfectly.
What do you think of the LEGO NES? Does it bring back feelings of nostalgia for times gone by? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
An expended photo gallery from LEGO is included below as well as the official press release and product details.
71374 LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
Recreate the Nintendo Entertainment System in LEGO style!
Do you love video games? Did you play Super Mario Bros. back in the day? Or do you just enjoy a hands-on, creative activity in your spare time? If so, this nostalgic LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) model kit is perfect for you.
Authentic and interactive: The brick-built NES is packed with realistic details, including an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking function and a controller with a connecting cable and plug. The console comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen, plus an action brick to scan with LEGO Mario (figure not included; find in the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course set – 71360) so he reacts to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just like in the Super Mario Bros. game.
Creative fun: This unique set is part of an inspiring collection of LEGO building sets for adults that make fabulous gifts for yourself and hobbyist friends who enjoy DIY challenges and proudly displaying their creations.
- Trigger nostalgic memories as you build this wonderfully detailed LEGO brick Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) and interactive, 1980s-style television displaying the classic Super Mario Bros. game.
- The TV has a handle-operated scrolling screen and if you scan the action brick by placing LEGO Mario (figure not included) in the slot on top, he will react to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups.
- Authentic details of the NES console are recreated in LEGO style, including a controller and an opening slot for the buildable Game Pak with a realistic locking function to delight Super Mario Bros. fans.
- Whether you were an NES gamer back in the day, a fan of retro stuff, or are just looking for an immersive, fun, creative DIY project to leave you feeling revitalized, this 2,646-piece model building kit is ideal for you.
- The buildable TV measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 9” (23.5cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep, and alongside the NES model makes a cool display item for your home or office. It also makes the best LEGO gift for gamer friends.
- No batteries required – combine this playset with the LEGO Mario figure in the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) to activate the TV’s interactive features.
- Easy-to-follow instructions help you to build with confidence, even if you are a LEGO newcomer. Also included is an illustrated booklet about the creation of the Nintendo Entertainment System and classic NES games.
- This highly collectible building set for adults is part of a range of inspirational LEGO model kits designed for you, the discerning hobbyist, as you look for your next immersive DIY project.
- LEGO building bricks meet the highest industry standards, which ensures they are consistent, compatible and connect and pull apart easily every time – it’s been that way since 1958.
- LEGO bricks and pieces are dropped, crushed, twisted, heated and rigorously analyzed to ensure that this unique LEGO building set satisfies the highest safety and quality standards.
Available directly from LEGO Stores & LEGO.com from 1st August, 2020.
The LEGO Group introduces LEGO edition of classic Nintendo Entertainment System
The LEGO Group and Nintendo build on LEGO Super Mario partnership with this new LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System and 1980s-style TV that let adult fans recreate Super Mario Bros. gameplay and rekindle nostalgic NES memories.
BILLUND, July 15, 2020: The LEGO Group today announced a LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Building Kit for adults, letting grown-up fans create their own NES console with LEGO bricks. The new kit, the latest product of the LEGO Group and Nintendo partnership, offers a brick-built NES model packed with realistic details, including the accompanying 1980’s style LEGO television set, so nostalgic gamers and LEGO fans can recreate their favorite Super Mario Bros. childhood experiences.
Today’s announcement will let adult fans take a trip down memory-lane by building a mechanically functional version of an all-time favourite console with LEGO bricks. The new NES Building Kit will include a controller with a connecting cable and plug and even an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking feature. The console also comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. Fans can scan an included action brick with LEGO Mario from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, so he reacts to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just as he would have in the iconic Super Mario Bros. game.
“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” said Maarten Simons, Creative Lead on LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, the LEGO Group. “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, recreating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.”
The LEGO Group and Nintendo announced their partnership earlier this year, bringing a fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe to life through a Super Mario Starter Course set that exclusively features a LEGO Mario figure who displays a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and various action bricks. This entry point set was followed up on in May with a series of Power-Up Packs and in June with the announcement of a range of Expansion Sets and collectible Character Packs. All have been designed to build out the world of LEGO Super Mario, letting players unleash their creativity by building exactly the levels and challenges they want to see LEGO Mario and friends compete in.
This highly collectible NES building set is part of a range of inspirational LEGO models designed for discerning hobbyists, as they look for their next immersive challenge. The LEGO NES will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from August 1st 2020. From 2021 it will be available also at other leading retailers around the world.
The full LEGO Super Mario product line also launches August 1st and will be available directly from LEGO Stores and www.LEGO.com as well as at leading retailers around the world.