Since the original Super Mario Bros. debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, the video game series has inspired generations of players to pick up their controllers. Now, fans of the franchise will get to play in Mario's world without loading up their Nintendo consoles, thanks to a new Super Mario 64 block set from LEGO that turns the digital game into a tactile experience.
From the outside, the LEGO model resembles the yellow question mark blocks Mario hits on his adventures—and just like the video game, this set has different levels. Flipping open the top reveals scenes from the original Super Mario 64 game for the Nintendo 64. Stages like Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Lethal Lava Trouble, and Cool, Cool Mountain are all recreated with plastic LEGO bricks, and builders can fill the levels with minifigures modeled after characters from the game. Mario and Princess Peach are represented, as well as side characters like King Bob-omb, Chain Chomp, Big Bully, Mr. I, and Baby Penguin.
The question mark block set was designed with nostalgic adults in mind. Consisting of 2064 LEGO pieces, it requires a high level of concentration to put together. Hopefully, Mario players can apply the dexterity and problem-solving skills they've learned over years of fighting Bowser to building the set.
The LEGO Super Mario 64 model will be available exclusively from brick-and-mortar LEGO stores and LEGO.com for $170 starting October 1, 2021. In 2022, it will hit shelves at other retail stores around the world. Here are more LEGO sets for adults looking to get in touch with their inner child.