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Month: June 2020

LEGO and Nintendo Reveal Full LEGO Super Mario Line

LEGO Newsroom:

The LEGO Group today revealed the full product portfolio for its LEGO® Super Mario™ experience. Fans can expand on the LEGO Super Mario range announced in April with a whole new range of Expansion Sets, collectible Character Packs and Power-Up Packs. The result of a unique partnership with Nintendo, LEGO Super Mario will reinvent the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world. The products announced today give fans the chance to build Mario’s house, search for treasure hidden by Toad, and defeat a Koopa Troopa in the Guarded Fortress. And of course that’s not all!

The partnership was announced earlier this year, and in April the fun-packed Adventures with Mario Starter Course was revealed alongside two Expansion Sets. The Starter Course is key to unlocking the entire play, being the only set to feature the interactive LEGO® Mario™ figure that collects coins in game levels created with LEGO bricks. LEGO Super Mario brings new interactivity and gameplay to the traditional LEGO brick experience.

All sets come with their own series of unique challenges and characters for fans to play with, or to play against friends. In addition to the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set announced in April, the Expansion Set line-up includes: the Guarded Fortress Expansion Set, the Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set, the Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set, the Desert Pokey Expansion Set, the Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set and the Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set.

Also announced today are ten collectible enemy characters that are available in blind bag Character Packs, adding that extra level of excitement. Each pack will contain a buildable character and action tag to play with – it could be a Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa!

All your monies are belong to Nintendo, apparently. Loads of sets, costumes, and even blind bags. Dang.

For a look at all the sets, I recommend this link from The Brothers Brick..

The full LEGO Super Mario line hits on August 1, 2020.

Nintendo Releases Surprise, Free Fitness Game, ‘Jump Rope Challenge’

Richard Lawler, Engadget:

With pandemic-related lockdowns and the release of Animal Crossing, simply getting a Switch has been hard enough. Even if you obtain one, if you’d also like to play Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure for a quick at-home workout then good luck — it’s been just as tough to obtain, selling out in seconds whenever it appears online. So if you, like me, are on the outside looking in but you already have a Switch and a pair of Joy-Cons (sorry Switch Lite owners), then at least you can try the company’s newest game: Jump Rope Challenge.

It’s not nearly as full featured as Ring Fit Adventure, but it does encourage activity using the accessories you already have. It simply emulates the jump rope experience using Joy-Cons while counting your jumps on the screen, and even has support for up to two players. According to the company, this game “was created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan.”

Super cool to see Nintendo doing random experiments like this during quarantine.

You can get your own copy of Jump Rope Challenge here.

EA Reveals ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’

Buckle up, take full control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, and feel the adrenaline of strategic first-person 5v5 multiplayer dogfights alongside your squadron.

In a fateful campaign set near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War, learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling STAR WARS™ single-player story. The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. We need you to join the galaxy’s finest. STAR WARS™: Squadrons is available October 2, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Origin PC, Steam, Epic Games Store, and Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support.

This looks very pretty as a CG trailer and all, but especially in an age after the PlayStation 5 reveal, I really need some gameplay footage to get hyped and believe in the potential of a game.

I’m praying that this is the Rogue Squadron redux I’ve long hoped for. I loved Rogue Leader on the GameCube something fierce.

Thankfully, gameplay footage is supposed to be coming later this week, during EA’s “EA Play” event on June 18th. Here’s hoping for the best.

Star Wars: Squadrons arrives on October 2, 2020.

LEGO Introduces Large-Scale Mickey & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters

Dave Schefcik, The Brothers Brick:

LEGO has officially revealed their newest Disney product, 43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters. The set comes with 1,739 pieces to build both Mickey and Minnie Mouse in dynamic positions as well as autographed bases and several accessories.

43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters features the duo of iconic characters in their newest animated versions but in their classically colored outfits, dynamically posed on a solid film-reel base.

I appreciate the idea that these are almost LEGO marionettes, but something about them looks very off.

But hey, if they’re your jam, the set goes on sale July 1st for $179.99.