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Lego Mario Starter Course is where 8-bit meets 8-bit

Lego 71360 New Adventures with Mario Starter Course

Lego announced back in March the Lego Super Mario Starter Course product line in a short video on Twitter and Facebook. Well, Lego has lifted the lid, and these sets are now available for pre-order for $59.99 on the Lego Shop with a ship date of August 1, 2020.

These Lego Mario Starter Course sets are aimed at 6+ years old and include enhanced play via a free Lego Super Mario app. The app encourages building new levels for Mario to explore. You can even share your ideas with friends.

I think 8-bit Mario is an excellent fit for the seemingly 8-bit feel of Lego. This series might even feel like a more natural fit than the Minecraft sets in terms of style. Minecraft wins though in terms of with Minecraft you build and with Lego you build. But now that Super Mario Maker is a thing, I don’t know, maybe it’s a tie?

Lego Mario Starter Course Interactive

Level Up

This Mario is powered up. It includes color sensors and LCD screens in his eyes, mouth, and belly to display over 100 different reactions to movement. He also has a speaker that plays sounds and music from the video game.

Lego has stated they will be offering additional expansion sets to allow you to create bigger levels. And at the time of this writing already started releasing power-up packs. These packs contain Mario in the different suits he has acquired throughout his video game installments.

Mario will need x2 AA batteries (not included) to get the full functionality of collecting coins in build-your-own custom lego brick levels.

Final Thoughts

I can’t wait to see what other characters they plan to bring out as part of this collection. I cut my teeth on video games with the original Mario when I was 13 years old. To this day, my first Nintendo was the single greatest gift/toy my parents ever bought me. So, I’m looking forward to seeing more of this line. Plus, now I get to share it with my two boys who love watching Mario jump and collect moons, stars, and coins.

As an adult, I would like to see more detailed Mario sets that maybe fall in line with the new Star Wars busts that Lego has been releasing. Lego is aiming these sets at kids, and I think they will love them.

Lego 71360 New Adventures with Mario Starter Course Characters

What do you think? Let’s take the discussion further in the comments below.

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