- Slightly reduced copy of the original, 8-bit Nintendo console, equipped with a top door that flips up and down, AC adapter ports and A / V ports.
- Game cartridge that can be folded Super Mario Bros (1985), which can be inserted into the NES.
- A 1: 1 replica of the NES controller that connects to the player ports on the front of the console.
- TV and stand in the style of the 80s.
We are building an entertainment system LEGO: Nintendo
The latter has a handle on the side. Turn the crank and the Super Mario Bros. level, made entirely of LEGO, will scroll through the TV screen. The TV, not counting its folding stand, is about eight inches high and nine inches wide. The entire set, including the console, easily fits on a shelf – or, if you feel defiant, in the media office under your own TV.
Nintendo LEGO entertainment system – 2646 pieces. Construction instructions apply to two instruction manuals: one for the console, controller, and NES cartridge; and another for the TV, its rotating display and stand.
First you build the NES console. In addition to the cold secret inside the assembly (more on this at the end of this article), this is a fairly simple experience – a methodical laying of bricks from the bottom up to create a signature form of the console. I was intrigued by the mechanism in the composition, which allows you to insert the cartridge into the LEGO console and push it down, as you did with the actual NES. This is a neat trick that includes locking rods and pins that create a sliding gear.
The built-in controller and cartridge are simple and short; their appeal is to see familiar objects from childhood slowly formed. But in construction, they are calm before the exciting second half of the TV – the TV and its side-scrolling Mario level.
This is where LEGO designers, without paying attention to the design of another company, create something ambitious and absolutely unique. A TV is a timeless thing – from its appearance from a wooden panel to a set of click channels to an antenna that looks like the 80’s TV we ever had – something that MoMA would have as an example of an aesthetic time period .
As for scrolling the Mario level inside the TV, its design is both creative and compact. The scenery is actually a mosaic that uses a combination of 1×1 tiles and slabs to create the illusion of sky, bushes, clouds and platforms. Above are Goombas printed tiles, Koopa sinks, coins, question blocks and batteries.
The mosaic is built on top of a long conveyor, which is wrapped around a spindle and installed inside the TV. When you turn the crank, it returns the gears that rotate the display. Mario’s avatar is mounted on a plastic stick that is pressed against the tiles. It “jumps” in response to the course of strategically placed LEGO studs. The fact that both of these effects were achieved with a single crank and reducer is extremely ingenious.
The main reason why magicians never tell their secrets is that the decision is never as convincing as the illusion; it’s often commonplace to feel cheap. This set of LEGO has the opposite effect. Knowing how it works and building it first hand makes it even more impressive. You are amazed at ingenuity. Plastic, locking bricks can create a simple elegant machine if placed in the right order.
The last last detail is worth mentioning: the above secret inside the console.
LEGO is more about the construction process than the end result. Designers emphasize this philosophy by hiding Easter eggs inside the building – tiny aesthetic details that have no practical purpose other than to entertain the builder and let them into something exclusive. And once the set is complete, the builder can choose whether to open the part; the average person will never know it’s there.
Nintendo’s LEGO entertainment system has an Easter egg cell hidden inside the console. LEGO often sells these Easter eggs as a trading place in its press releases, but not this time. It caught me completely aside.
If, like me, you see the construction process as a type of narrative, consider this a spoiler warning, and skip the next two paragraphs.
There is a hollow space inside the console, and the developers used it to build a World 1-2 diorama from Super Mario Bros. (1985). You see the lifts up / down. You see an exit pipe that you jump over to reach the first Warp zone. And you see the Vaorp zone itself, with three trumpets leading to Worlds 2, 3 and 4.
This is a minimalist reflection; I didn’t know exactly what I was building until I finished it. But when it suddenly clicked, a wave of nostalgia washed over me. It was 1989. I was six, and my mom, who was playing NES after I went to bed, told me about the Warp zone she discovered in the middle of the night. After breakfast, I turned on the SES to make sure.
It is these bursts of recognition in childhood that make Nintendo’s LEGO entertainment system an exceptional component. Like Nintendo, LEGO knows the power of nostalgia. Just as each generation rediscovers Mario, each generation rediscovers LEGO; each brick since 1958 fits every brick today, creating a shared experience between generations. It is appropriate that this set, this joyful tribute to childhood in 1980, will allow many adults to discover this part of themselves and incorporate LEGO into their adult lives.
Nintendo’s LEGO entertainment system, set № 71374, was created by LEGO designers Daire McCabe, Pablo Gonzalez and Leon Pijnenburg. It sells for $ 229.99. It will be available in LEGO brick and mortar stores and in the LEGO online store on August 1.
Kevin Wong is a fan of LEGO. Talk about his favorite sets with him on Twitter at @kevinjameswong.