- Slightly reduced replica of the original Nintendo 8-bit console, complete with top-down doors that fold up and down, network adapter ports and A / V ports.
- Collapsible game cassette Super Mario Bros (1985), which can be inserted into the NES.
- A 1: 1 scale replica of the NES controller that connects to the player ports on the front of the console.
- 80s-style TV and stand.
We’ve built a LEGO: Nintendo entertainment system
She has a crank on her side. Turn the crank and the Super Mario Bros level, which is completely made of LEGO, will pass through the TV screen. The TV, which does not have a built-in stand, is approximately 8 inches and 9 inches high. The whole set, including the console, easily fits on a shelf – or, if you feel cheeky, in a media box under a real TV.
The Nintendo LEGO entertainment system is 2646 pieces. Its construction instructions are divided into two operating instructions: one for the NES console, the controller and the cassette; and more for the TV, its swivel display and stand.
First, build the NES console. Apart from the cold secret inside the building (more at the end of this article), it is quite a simple procedure – methodically laying bricks from the bottom up to create the signature shape of the console. In the assembly, I was fascinated by the mechanism that allows you to insert the cartridge into the LEGO console and push it down as you would with a real NES. To this end, there is a neat trick that involves connecting rods and pins that form sliding latches.
The driver and cassette assembly are simple and concise; their appeal lies in the fact that known childhood objects are slowly forming. But in terms of construction, they are calm in front of the exciting second half of the set – the TV and its side scrolling levels Mario.
LEGO’s designers, without paying homage to another company’s design, have created something ambitious and completely unique. The TV is a thing of the past – from the look of wood paneling to the click of a channel switch to a retractable antenna. It seems that every 80’s we’ve ever had was something like an aesthetic period in MoMA as an example.
When it comes to the Mario scrolling level inside the TV, its design is creative and compact. The landscape is actually a mosaic that uses a combination of tiles and 1×1 boards to create the illusion of the sky, shrubs, clouds and platforms. In addition, printed tiles from Goombas, Koopa Shells, Coins, Question Mark Blocks and Power-Up items are laid.
The mosaic is built on a long conveyor belt, which is wrapped around the spindle and mounted inside the TV. When you turn the crank, the gears that rotate the display rotate. Avatar Mario is attached to a plastic stick that is pressed onto the tiles. “Jumps” in response to crossing strategically placed LEGO bolts. The fact that both of these effects were achieved with a single crank and transmission is an amazing ingenuity.
The main reason why magicians never tell their secrets is that the solution is never as convincing as an illusion; It is often mundane to the point where I feel cheap. This LEGO set has the opposite effect. Knowing how it works and building it makes it even more impressive. You are amazed at the ingenuity. Plastic, interconnected bricks can create a simple and elegant machine when placed in the correct order.
One last detail is worth mentioning: the above secret inside the console.
LEGO is as much about the construction process as it is about the end result. The designers emphasize this philosophy by hiding Easter eggs inside small aesthetic details that serve no practical purpose other to entertain the builder and let him do something exclusive. Once the set is complete, the builder can choose whether or not to reveal the detail; the average person would never know he is there.
LEGO’s NEGendo NEGendo entertainment system has a fake Easter egg in its console. LEGO often sells these Easter eggs as a point of sale in its press releases, but not this time. It completely caught me.
If, like me, you see the construction process as a kind of storytelling, consider it a warning to the spoilerand skip in the next two paragraphs.
There is a hollow space inside the console and the developers used it to create a diorama of world work 1-2 from Super Mario Bros. (1985). You see the lifts up / down. You see the outlet pipe that you jump to reach the first zone of the Warp. And you see the Warp Zone itself with three pipes that lead to worlds 2, 3 and 4.
It is a minimalist rendering; I didn’t know exactly what I was building until I finished it. But when she suddenly clicked, a wave of nostalgia rushed over me. It was 1989. I was six years old and my mom, who played with the NES after I went to bed, told me about the Warp Zone she discovered last night. After breakfast, I turned on the NES to see it for myself.
It is these explosions of childhood that make the LEGO Nintendo entertainment system an exceptional set. Like Nintendo, LEGO knows the power of nostalgia. Just as every generation rediscovers Mario, every generation rediscovers LEGO; every brick since 1958 today fits every brick and creates an intergenerational shared experience. It is appropriate that this set, this joyous homage to childhood in the 1980s, allow many adults to rediscover this part of themselves and incorporate LEGO into their adult lives.
The Nintendo LEGO entertainment system, set # 71374, was created by LEGO designers Daire McCabe, Pablo Gonzalez and Leon Pijnenburg. It retails for $ 229.99. It will be available in the LEGO stone shops and the LEGO stone shop on August 1.
Kevin Wong is a LEGO fan. Talk to him about your favorite sets on Twitter at @kevinjameswong.