Lego's buildable NES contains an awesome hidden Easter egg (spoiler)

Shawn Knight

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In brief: Lego’s Nintendo Entertainment System launches later this week. The 2,646-piece kit comes with everything needed to build a Lego model of the original NES complete with 1:1 scale gamepad, a Super Mario Bros. cartridge and even a retro-style tube TV complete with hand crank to "animate" Mario on the screen. But it’s what is lurking inside the system that makes it all the more special.

Spoiler alert: if you’d rather experience the surprise as you build the set, you’d best turn back now.

IGN recently received an early sample of the Lego NES and discovered a neat little Easter egg. While building the set, which is recommended for users aged 18 and older due to its complexity, you’ll discover that Lego has hidden a diorama of World 1-2 within the console. Specifically, it’s the end section of the level where you have the option to exit the stage as usual or jump over the pipe and scroll over to access warp pipes to levels two, three or four.

It’s a scene that will be immediately recognizable to virtually everyone that has ever played Super Mario Bros. The in-game hidden warp zones were a brilliant design element by Shigeru Miyamoto and crew as it introduces players to the concept that secrets were a big part of the game.

Lego item #71374 is priced at $229.99 and ships on August 1.

Image credit: Kevin Wong, IGN

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kimo1

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In the 90's I got my first space themed lego set. The box included a catalog of almost all their products. Lots of themes, they all looked so cool, I wanted them all. Super pricey though, for bricks that break very easily.
Now I look at their products. Some technic sets are cool, but the rest has no heart or soul.
 

Bp968

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In the 90's I got my first space themed lego set. The box included a catalog of almost all their products. Lots of themes, they all looked so cool, I wanted them all. Super pricey though, for bricks that break very easily.
Now I look at their products. Some technic sets are cool, but the rest has no heart or soul.
Break easily? Did you use a hammer on them or something? I have a big 40 gallon tub full of 35 year old Legos and 99% of them are still excellent condition (and have thousands of hours of play time on them from multiple children and adults).

They certainly are expensive, but fragile? Not that I've ever seen.