Nintendo Entertainment System coming soon

The LEGO® Group just announced the latest installment of the partnership with Nintendo. On August 1, 2020, fans can build the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System. The set targets adult fans nostalgic for the original Nintendo of their youth. Additionally, the kit celebrates the 35th anniversary of the platform’s North American release. NES hit store shelves October 18, 1985.

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System (©2020 The LEGO® Group)

SET SPECIFICS:

  • NAME: Nintendo Entertainment System
  • SET #: 71374
  • THEME: Super Mario
  • COST: $299.99 CAD ($229.99 USD)
  • BRICK COUNT: 2646
  • MINIFIGURES: None
  • RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.11 (very good, earns 90% in a review)
  • DIMENSIONS: 22.5cm (8”) high, 23.5cm (9”) wide, 16cm (6”) deep
Nintendo Entertainment System promotional video (©2020 The LEGO® Group)

OFFICIAL SET DESCRIPTION:

Trigger nostalgic memories as you build this wonderfully detailed LEGO® brick Nintendo Entertainment System™ (71374) and interactive, 1980s-style television displaying the classic Super Mario Bros.™ game. The TV has a handle-operated scrolling screen and if you scan the action brick by placing LEGO® Mario™ (figure not included) in the slot on top, he will react to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups. Authentic details of the NES console are recreated in LEGO® style, including a controller and an opening slot for the buildable Game Pak with a realistic locking function to delight Super Mario Bros.™ fans. Whether you were an NES gamer back in the day, a fan of retro stuff, or are just looking for an immersive, fun, creative DIY project to leave you feeling revitalized, this 2,646-piece model building kit is ideal for you.

This set is amazingly detailed. The pictures do not do it justice. Do not get me wrong, the pictures show a lot of thought went into this. However, the video reveals the functioning of the television set. Additionally, you see the locking mechanism for the game cartridge. Finally, fans of the new LEGO® Super Mario sets get additional functionality. Placing Mario from the Starter Course onto the TV causes him to react to the screen. Incidentally, the original Nintendo Entertainment System was parked under my TV back in the day. I remember blowing on those cartridges, and felt all nostalgic just watching the ad. What are your thoughts on this set? Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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