The Adventures with Mario Starter Course is the entry point, and every other set will require it to fucntion properly. The Starter course includes the interactive Mario figure, as well as 7 “action brick” types that won’t be found in any other set. It’s available to pre-order for $59.99.
The Starter Course can be combined with Expansion Sets. The first of these sets revealed are the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set ($29.99) and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set ($99.99) The sets are themed but described as modular, suggesting that players can create their own levels with the disparate parts. You can see all the announced sets in the gallery below.
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As an accompaniment to the LEGO sets, there will be a LEGO Super Mario app where players can access features that augment the physical play experience. The app will keep track of your score as you build and rebuild sets and allow players to use zoom and rotate tools to ease the build process. It will also be home to your building instructions for the purchased sets.
Announced last month, the LEGO Super Mario series will feature Mario collecting coins in physical levels that players will create with sets of LEGO bricks. The Mario figure included in the set features LCD screens in his eyes, mouth, and belly, which react to action bricks he comes into contact with.
In other Mario news, Nintendo is apparently celebrating the plumber’s 35th anniversary in style. Alongside this LEGO assortment, a suite of remasters of classic Mario games like Super Mario Sunshine are reportedly in development for the Nintendo Switch.
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