Take Lego, and supermario and you've got Lego Super Mario.
Lego Super Mario is a four year collaboration between Lego and Nintendo that is now going to be available this year.
And it is a series of sets that's kind of modular so you're putting together these real life Lego brick sets.
That great Mario levels.
I got a few of the early sets to try out with my kids to see what it's like.
Now, if you ever played any connected Lego sets like Lego boost robotics kits, you have a little bit of an idea of what's going on here.
There's a connected little Mario figure that's completely new.
And has motion sensors inside.
So it can sense when it's moving or when it's jumping.
And it has a bunch of interchangeable outfits.
There's a scanner on the bottom that recognises little coded bricks, and these do different things and Mario jumps on it and it can set up these interactive levels.
The idea of having a color code base scanner is something that Legos robotics kids also use.
But this choice that is not as complicated as those robotics kids, it's designed for kids ages six or seven and up.
And that seemed pretty good for my seven year old who put it together and follow the instructions.
Now you do need an IOS or Android device to use this At least to follow the instructions.
The idea is that you would pair it with a super mario app, which has all of these step by step instructions kind of like Legos robotics kits have.
It also brings up and connects your sets when you scan them, so you can keep track of what you've got an unlocking challenges, beyond the putting together the sets which was not too complicated.
The idea after that is to remix them to create levels.
The base core set, which you need in order to use Lego supermario includes the Lego Mario figure.
And it also includes a start pipe and a finish pole, which are the start and end of the course.
When you tap into the pipe to start, it Begins a level and then in a timer countdown you've got to be able to pop it on as many different things as possible and which do different things and eventually, then you got to find that flagpole then you get to the end of a level Then it counts how many coins you've got and Mario syncs with your app and collects it and tells you what things unlocked what.
So there is a bit of a game there.
But it's not a very complicated game compared to things like Super Mario Maker on the Switch, which has all sorts of crazy courses you can build which are really, really challenging.
The idea of Lego supermario is it's supposed to be a little more relaxing, a little more free play, something and a seven year old wouldn't get frustrated with and we found that these pieces are pretty modular, and you can rebuild them in all sorts of different ways which my kids totally did because this is several different sets remixed.
From there, you know, how you play the game and what a game is really is just about figuring out what to Bob and seeing what collects coins.
I mean, you could kind of cheat and maybe, you know, that free form thing is about you respecting your rules.
I would have liked a little more guidance in the app as far as like structured gameplay or even games that multiple people could play.
And ways that you can alter the game.
Maybe in the future Nintendo will or Lego will allow some sort of extra tweaks in terms of how the timer's work, reprogramming what the code bricks do, and maybe enabling some some types of multiplayer games.
I mean, why have one Lego Mario why not add peach or other characters and do two things at once.
I think it's a really cool start.
I haven't seen anything like this from Lego.
And it's a really cool collectible set, and you can remix it without feeling like you're taking it apart.
It's a collectible playset a little more than it is a game, but maybe the game stuff is coming.