LEGO Super Mario Launching Later This Year

LEGO Super Mario Launching Later This Year

Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.

Sean Noonan, who is a Lead Level Designer at Splash Damage, has created his own interpretation of World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros in Unreal Engine 4. "The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play", Takashi Tezuka, executive officer and game producer at Nintendo explained.

According to The LEGO Group's press release, LEGO Super Mario will be launching later this year. It's not been made clear how many sets will be available, or how many sets one will need to purchase to recreate the fun seen in the video.

Good old Mario's found himself as the star of more games than we can count over the years, and he's tried his hand at a good number of different genres along the way.

Certain combinations can increase your coin score, and this is where there's really a game as such - someone creates a level, and you see if you can eke as many coins out of the setup in the time as possible.

Although Lego has collaborated with other video game franchises in the past, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, this is the first time Mario has appeared in Lego form.

This toy-meets-video-game market used to be known as "toys-to-life", when the Skylanders video game launched in 2011 with its range of related figurines.

More information will be revealed about the upcoming LEGO Mario at a later date. We must say, it looks superbly neat and polished - Unreal Engine is one powerful tool. In the video, two kids build a Mario level, and guide Mario through it, stopping occasionally to "fight" enemies like Goombas, Piranha Plants and Baby Bowser. Note the Koopa Trooper in the background too - probably part of a green grassy set. Until then, why not start plotting out your own plastic courses from the pieces we've seen so far?

You can also bet that it's going to be hella expensive.

I'm unsure how Lego purists will feel about the Lego Super Mario set, as it doesn't seem extremely compatible with existing Lego bricks.

Mario's expressive face is nearly as much of a delight as being able to own a Lego-fied version of his moustache.

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