Lego announced back in March it would be producing interactive Super Mario Lego sets in cahoots with Nintendo. And now it has announced more details including detailing the Power-Up packs that will go alongside the series - more on those shortly. 

The main Starter Course

You can pre-order the 6+ rated $60/£50 231 piece Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course, which is the main component of the series, also with Goomba and Bowser Jr.

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The main set features an interactive Mario figure - larger than a minifigure - that collects coins in real-life game levels you create with the Lego components as you move from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole. You can obviously create more challenging levels and games as you add more bricks. 

The AAA-powered figure has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, as well as action bricks. There's also a speaker so you can hear sounds - yes, the ones you are familiar with. To enable this, there is an accelerometer and gyroscope inside the figure.

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As you'd expect, this is all controlled via a new app that keeps track of scores to encourage rebuilding, plus there are building instructions with suggested ways to build and play. You can also share level ideas with friends.

"Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play," said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer at Nintendo.

Expansion Packs

To go alongside the main starter set, there's also the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. Those will also be available later in the year. 

Power-Up Packs

Lego has now announced several more Power-Up Packs that will also be available from 1 August 2020 for £8.99.

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Fire Mario Power-Up Pack (71370)

When Mario is powered up with this suit, he can gain Fire Attack power - a new way to attack enemies and collect extra coins.

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Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack (71371)

Propeller sounds are triggered when players dress Mario in this suit and make him ‘fly’ to try and win coins. The propeller suit allows Mario to take to the skies, making new sounds as he soars through the air and collects coins. Take Mario on an action-packed flight and turn your living room into a giant Lego Super Mario level!

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Cat Mario Power-Up Pack (71372)

This suit gives Mario cat-like skills. Dress him in the special trousers and cap and he’ll start to meow and purr. Wearing this suit gives Cat Mario the special power to walk up vertical obstacles and collect coins. It’s the purr-fect way to have even more fun with the Lego Super Mario levels.

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Builder Mario Power-Up Pack (71373)

When Mario is wearing this suit, players can earn digital coins by making him stomp hard on LEGO bricks in the course they have created. The more he stomps, the more coins you win! It’s a brick-bashingly brilliant way to have even more fun with the Lego Super Mario levels.

To play with the suits, fans will need the Mario figure included in the Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360). No batteries needed for the Power-Up Packs, just dress Mario in the suits to power up.

You can check out all the new sets in this video, presented by chief designer of the sets, Lead Jonathan Bennink.