The Power-Up packs will be available starting August 1. As they are just suits, they all require the Starter Course pack to work. That pack includes 231 pieces used to build a physical Mario level, as well as the interactive LEGO Mario figure itself.
That starter course can then be combined with Expansion sets such as the Piranha Plant Power Slide and Bowser’s Castle. Mario’s adventures through them can then be augmented with the use of the new Power-Up packs.
LEGO Super Mario First Look
LEGO Super Mario is designed as a bridge between video games and toys. Playing with the sets combines physical blocks, the use of the ‘mechanics’ provided by the interactive figure, and a player’s imagination.
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