- Aug 25, 2020
Nintendo has revealed a new set of Power-Up Pack costumes for LEGO Mario, which introduce a variety of new game mechanics to the physical toy set. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/lego-mario-new-lego-super-mario-power-up-packs-trailer"] The Power-Up Packs each include a hat and a set of dungarees for the LEGO Mario figure to slot into, and each new costume allows him to do new things. The Fire Mario suit grants him the power to throw fireballs at enemies, activated by tilting the figure forward. The Propeller Mario suit allows Mario to fly and collect coins from mid-air. Cat Mario, meanwhile, lets the plumber climb walls while making vaguely adorable/somewhat creepy cat noises. Finally the Builder Mario suit lets you perform a damaging jump which awards coins as Mario smashes back down onto the ground. 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. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=lego-super-mario-first-look&captions=true"] 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. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.