This amazing official Lego NES set has a lot more than 8 bits

The Lego Nintendo Entertainment System set also includes a retro TV, and even a playable Mario level(!)

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System NES set
(Image credit: Lego Group)

With Lego Mario (opens in new tab) sets releasing soon, that's not the only Nintendo product coming from everyone's favourite brick maker: a Lego Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console is on the way too, arriving on August 1st (the same day as other Lego Mario sets).

The 2,646-piece set will cost £209.99/$249.99, and features not only the Lego NES itself, but a controller connected by a cable, a game cartridge (which can slot in the NES when you open the cover, in a nice authentic detail), but also an ’80s-style TV, with a recreation of a Mario level appearing on the screen.

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It looks like highly detailed and complex build: not only do the TV and console have a lot of little realistic touches to them, but the little Mario Bros. level on the screen also has a lot going on… in fact, it has even more than it appears.

The level is built on a thin layer of Lego, and you can turn a crank on one side of the TV to actually scroll through the level, bring through more platforms and obstacles. The Mario figure automatically moves up and down, as the world demands. 

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System NES set

(Image credit: Lego Group)

The whole thing is wonderfully high-concept considering that, frankly, Lego could have just dropped a set that looks like a NES and does nothing else, for almost any price, and people would have gone wild for it.

We've dropped some more images in the gallery below, including a look at the Lego console next to the original.

Lego nostalgia fans should also take a look at the newly-released Lego Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters (opens in new tab).

For more top Lego choices, check out our picks of the best Lego sets (opens in new tab) overall, the best Lego Technic sets (opens in new tab), the best Lego Star Wars sets (opens in new tab) and the best Lego Harry Potter sets (opens in new tab).

Matt is T3's former AV and Smart Home Editor (UK), master of all things audiovisual, overseeing our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also covered smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable. Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair. Matt now works for our sister title TechRadar.