On 1 August 2020, LEGO launched the LEGO Super Mario range with a whole new line of Expansion Sets, collectible Character Packs and Power-Up Packs.
LEGO Super Mario brings new interactivity and gameplay to the traditional LEGO brick experience. The LEGO Mario figure has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks for an immersive and interactive experience.
Starting out is quite easy. All you need to do is download the LEGO Super Mario app to your smart device, follow the instructions, and you’re ready to build.
Build possibilities are infinite as there are a whole line of expansions that are meant to add on to the Starter Course and a variety of suits for LEGO Mario that each reveal new features and powers.
However, the Adventures with Mario Starter Course is essential to the entire play, as it is the only set to feature the interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in game levels created with LEGO bricks.
Expansion Set line-up includes: the Guarded Fortress Expansion Set, the Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set, the Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set, the Desert Pokey Expansion Set, the Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set and the Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set.
After a couple of rebuilds I did get slightly bore with the gameplay though. Rebuilding is extremely satisfying, as it is with any LEGO set, but moving Mario around the course can get quite monotonous.
I would love to see someone cook up some homebrew enhancements to give the gameplay more structure. Character cards and challenge ratings as you traverse different terrain and rolling dice ala pen and paper RPGs would make it alot more re-playable.
The LEGO Super Mario is really fun and opens up a world of possibilities for LEGO to make its other lines interactive as well. That would be truly epic. Till then, we’ve got a new way to play.