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LEGO reveals eight new LEGO Super Mario expansion sets

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LEGO and Nintendo have revealed eight brand new LEGO Super Mario expansion sets. These sets include pieces for new characters, as well as expanding base sets that you may already own. Some of the characters in these new sets include Thwomp, King Boo, and Yoshi. They will launch on August 1, so get ready to place your orders if you want to get them fast.

Building a bigger adventure

One brilliant feature of these new LEGO Super Mario sets is that they can all come together to help you build a larger adventure model for Mario to run through. But even on their own, these sets still look pretty great. They include the Mario’s House and Yoshi set, the Guarded Fortress set, Donkey Pokey set, Toad’s Treasure Hunt set, Bomber Bill Barrage set, and Whomp’s Lava Trouble set.

In addition to these expansion sets, Nintendo and LEGO have also announced 10 new collectible character sets. Each Character Pack contains one character, but they’re not fixed, so you could pick up duplicates. The characters included in these packs are Buzzy, Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Spiny, Fuzzy, Eep Cheep, Urchin, Blooper, and Peepa.

Living forever in LEGO form

Nintendo and LEGO have also opened up about some of the decisions they made when designing LEGO Super Mario. As LEGO Design Head Jonathan Bennink put it in an interview with The Verge, Mario games are built around a player’s skill in traversing the levels. In a way, the direct translation of that aspect of the games fares better in the Mario Maker games, where players build levels for them and others to master. With LEGO Super Mario, however, that aspect of the games simply wouldn’t translate.

As a result, the team took some liberties with that and other parts of the usual Mario experience. For example, Mario can get hurt and die in games, but he can’t with these LEGO sets. That decision was made by Takashi Tezuka, an Executive Officer for Nintendo. Tezuka put it simply: “We want Mario to be happy, because if Mario is happy, kids are happy.”

Bennink also described an early version of the app for these sets that contained detailed instructions. The instructions seemed to suck the joy out of the building experience, so the team instead designed the app to give a more general idea for the set. This opens up the possibility for users to build from their imagination. Bennink believes this works far better than going down the instructional route.

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Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.

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