LEGO NES: practical with Nintendo’s new retro creation
The LEGO and Nintendo association has been one of the most anticipated collaborations in the brand’s history. After releasing its first line of kits earlier this month, we’re now taking a look at the new LEGO NES to see if it really responds to the hype. Be sure to head under the fold to take a closer look at the new creation and see how this unique collector’s set stacks up.
Practice with the new LEGO NES
LEGO’s new NES kit includes 2,646 pieces to assemble the console itself alongside a controller, Super Mario Bros cartridge, and retro TV to go with it. Two included instruction booklets let you create all Nintendo aspects of the kit separately from the TV, so two builders can have fun together. The manuals also contain information about the original NES.
First off, the LEGO NES is a display piece for fans looking to create one of the most iconic aspects of retro gaming. The set leans into this a lot with great attention to detail in everything that is included. Even for what is possible for the blocky medium that is LEGO, this creation gives the impression that it is able to nail the overall design of the Nintendo entertainment system alongside all the other expected elements.
Outside of the NES itself, you watch a pretty faithful recreation overall. It’s not exactly the same scale as the original, as LEGO chose to assemble a slightly smaller version of the NES here. Despite the reduced size, you will still find all the facets of the original, including the ports and an opening hatch in the front.
These authentic details can be found inside the LEGO NES as well, with arguably the coolest aspect of the build here. There is a built-in cartridge mechanism that allows you to insert the included copy of Super Mario Bros. in the same way as with the real console. This part of the assembly uses one of the most notable techniques for the whole thing and completes the experience with the console.
The controller, on the other hand, is almost identical in size to the real version. Just the LEGO NES, there are a lot of printed parts used here to extract the iconography you would expect from a gamepad, as well as a piece of rubber tube that serves as a cable.
Brick TV steals the show
As cool as the NES is, the real star of the show in my book for this set is the brick TV. As well as being the most compact aspect of the kit and taking up the most bricks, it takes all the construction from a nifty piece of nostalgia to one of the most interesting LEGO sets to date. That same pristine attention to detail from the LEGO NES itself is found here with a retro design that fits perfectly into the ’80s vibe.
Along with a built-in antenna on the top, a volume knob and a vintage stand, the main feature of this TV is its ability to let you browse part of the Super Mario Bros. game. Representing a looping section of the famous World 1-1, turning a side crank lets you send Mario through the 8-bit world.
Absolutely filled with interesting techniques
As one of Nintendo’s first official LEGO kits, the NES features many new printed bricks to help recreate the vintage styles of Mario’s console and gameplay. The Nintendo entertainment system, controller, and TV all contain new parts for logos and other printed icons, but the new bricks for the Super Mario Bros. are by far the coolest.
From varied enemies like Goomba and the Green Shells to power-ups like the iconic Mushroom and even question mark boxes, all the essential details are here. Better yet, there’s a new Mario piece that perfectly recreates his original in-game design.
The way that LEGO was actually able to implement the looping backdrop that Mario has to travel through is also pretty awesome, with a carousel-like construction that stands out from almost every other kit on the market. It uses tread elements with the actual tile bricks attached and really does justice to the 8-bit style of the game.
LEGO NES value
The LEGO NES is clearly aimed at older fans or collectors and comes in with a $ 229.99 price tag to match. Spending that money earns you 2,646 coins, which puts this set under $ 0.09 per brick. It’s certainly solid value on paper for a licensed set, and the included brick assortment is yet another plus. That’s not to say that the overall construction absolutely offers the cost. Aside from the sheer presentation and collection of the LEGO NES, the features and authenticity really seal the deal.
How does it compare to the LEGO catalog?
Aside from being a pretty solid value, the LEGO NES is about as unique as a set you can find. There are few game-oriented kits in the LEGO catalog to begin with, let alone collaborations with Nintendo. And for now, all other sets are aimed at a younger audience with the Super Mario theme. Even without looking at the price, if you’re considering the NES for its nostalgic vibes, there’s nothing to recommend in place. He is incomparable as one of the coolest collectibles for Nintendo fans, brick or not.
Hands down, the NES is easily one of the coolest sets LEGO has ever produced. His attention to detail is unparalleled, especially in his ability to accurately represent the iconic design of the NES. Outside of the Star Wars universe, there haven’t been as many adult-themed sets that cater to collectors like the NES does. This is further amplified by the fact that this is truly the only version from Nintendo intended to be on display, rather just on in-game features.
So ultimately this is an absolute must-see for Nintendo fans in my book. I wouldn’t even consider myself the biggest fanatic of the old school Nintendo scene, and I absolutely loved how unique this build is. The set is worth it for TV and Super Mario Bros. recreation, everything else is just icing on the cake. So even if you come for the retro vibes of the NES to relive the glory days, you will stay for the intricate building experience and the overall novelty that LEGO has designed here.
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