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LEGO Adventures With Mario Starter Course – Review

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I have hardly heard anything else from my 6 year old Son since he saw that LEGO were releasing Nintendo sets (which I reported on here) so I finally relented and pre-ordered him the LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course set (73160) – if for no other reason than to give my ears a break. Amazon were great and delivered the set the day following release, as well as honouring their ‘pre-order price promise’ whereby they reimburse you the difference if anyone sells one cheaper anywhere else – returning £5 to my bank account.

The set itself is quite small for the price of £45, but as you will see the cost appears to be all in the rather brilliant interactive Mario figure, which is needed to play this and every other set in the series.

lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course

The starter course comprises of a few special pieces that are exclusive to this set and includes the start pipe, cloud platform, a question block, a Goomba, Bowser Jr., several standard platforms and the goal pole. But the star of the show is the interactive Mario figure. Running on 2 AAA batteries, LEGO Mario has colour sensors in his feet along with LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly which can display over 100 different reactions to movement or position on the course. He can also play iconic sounds and music from the video game through an inbuilt speaker.

There are no building instructions included with the LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course, you will have to use the LEGO Mario app, which gives you step by step instructions that you progress through by actually playing with Mario. This is something my Son really enjoyed doing and is a fun departure from what we are used to with regular LEGO sets.

Barcode tiles and colours are what triggers Mario’s facial expressions and the Mario Bros. game sounds – you will hear the familiar game starting tune when putting Mario in the start pipe for instance, or when flying on a cloud and jumping on a question block. What colour Mario stands on determines what is shown in his belly area. Standing on a red brick means Mario will get hot and die if left on it too long! Defeating Bowser Jr. is as simple as knocking him off his tower and repeatedly stomping on his shell barcode. You will collect coins along the way too, and this is recorded on the LEGO Mario app if you have the figure connected via Bluetooth.

In summary

Whilst at first glance the set looks small and uncomplicated for the price, it is soon apparent that the cost of this set is down to the fabulous interactive LEGO Mario figure. It really is fun to play along with and my Son adores it. The set is adequate to play with for a short while, but for any worthwhile playtime, you will be needing to buy one of the many add-on sets that are now available. All in all, surprisingly fun, but can only give the starter course 4 invaders due to its limited longevity. Check out our unboxing video below for a closer look at the interactive LEGO Mario figure.

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Quarter Arcades Pac-Man Mini Arcade Cabinet by NumskullDesigns – Review

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We had been eyeing up a Quarter Arcades mini arcade cabinet for some time, so when NumskullDesigns offered to send a review unit of their officially licensed Quarter Arcades Pac-Man mini arcade cabinet along to us, we weren’t going to say no. After all, we are big Pac-Man fans and who could resist?

Upon opening the outer shipping box you are met with a high quality printed box, with Pac-Man logos, coin-op side art and details of the contents. This one was also emblazoned with its ‘Collector Edition’ credentials, one of a limited run of 10,000 apparently – very nice indeed. This also meant that the contents included a Pac-Man collectible coin in its own display box and a certificate of authenticity with the units serial number listed.

Quarter Arcades Pac-Man
Quarter Arcades Pac-Man
Quarter Arcades Pac-Man
Quarter Arcades Pac-Man
Quarter Arcades Pac-Man
Quarter Arcades Pac-Man

Inside the box, the cabinet is well protected and safely nestled in a bag between two pieces of foam top and bottom. The top piece of foam also holds the display box containing the collectible coin. Remove the bag and foam and you get an instant ‘honey I shrunk the Pac-Man’ moment as the cabinet is revealed in all it’s scaled down, highly detailed glory. The effect of seeing such a perfectly reproduced, but diminutive cab on an arcade fanatic like myself cannot be understated – I was totally unprepared for the level of detail employed.

quarter arcades pac-man
quarter arcades pac-man
quarter arcades pac-man
quarter arcades pac-man

The Quarter Arcades Pac-Man mini arcade cabinet has a stunning level of detail, more than I certainly expected. Just look at those little screws on the marquee retainer, or the ventilation grills on the back of the cab – just lovely.

The wooden cabinet, bezel, control panel and side art are so well reproduced on this machine that if you took a photo of it with a blank background you would have to look carefully to distinguish it from the real thing. Even the t-moulding has been glued round the side panels as a separate piece!

The cabinet has a rechargeable lithium battery and once charged via its micro USB port can play for around 4 hours. Press the rocker switch on the rear of the unit and you are met with a Numskull splash screen followed by the Pac-Man game booting with authentic hardware test screens. A new game is started by adding credits – just press a coin reject button on the coin box to add 25c (or 10p if you are from the UK) then press the one or two player buttons on the control panel and away you go. The tiny 4-way stick is surprising easy to use, despite its size. This makes playing Pac-Man on here way more fun than on my full size Jamma cab using an 8-way stick which are notoriously bad for 4-way games such as this.

The 5 inch screen is bright and colourful and the sound (with volume control on the rear) is clear and plenty loud enough for most situations.

Further cabinets have been released or are due for release as listed below:

  • Galaga – out now
  • Galaxian – out now
  • Ms Pac-Man – out now
  • 40th Anniversary Pac-Man – August 2020
  • Dig Dug – October 2020
  • Bubble Bobble – December 2020
  • Space Invaders – December 2020
  • Track and Field – February 2021

In Summary

Whether you are looking for the ultimate hit of nostalgia (short of getting a full size original cab) or just want an accurate, playable model of your favourite arcade cabs of yesteryear, these are for you.

The accuracy and detail of modelling in these is simply stunning and nothing could look better on a collector’s shelves than a Quarter Arcades cabinet. The fact you can take them off those shelves and play them is just the icing on the cake. Do yourself a favour and take a look at their range of mini arcade cabinets using the link below.

See the full range of Quarter Arcades cabinets here: http://www.numskull.com/quarter-arcades/

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Lego Adventures with Mario and NES due for August releases

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Exciting times ahead for Nintendo fans who also like their Lego bricks as the company team up with Nintendo to produce some fantastic looking new sets – Adventures With Mario (71360) and Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).

lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario

First up we have the Adventures with Mario Starter Course which sees a familiar looking ‘course’ with which you can use the supplied interactive Mario figure who reacts to the bricks he’s touching by way of a sensor on his feet and small screens on his belly and face. Bowser Jnr. is also included but isn’t interactive. Available for pre-order from the Lego website, expect these to sell out quickly!

We will be reviewing the Adventure with Mario Starter Course in early August so watch this space.

lego nes 71374
lego nes 71374
lego nes 71374

Also releasing in August is Lego’s new Nintendo Entertainment System set, and this one looks stunning. Comprising of a detailed NES console, controller, cartridge AND vintage looking TV, this set takes things to another level interactivity-wise. Crank the handle on the TV set and the ‘picture’ scrolls sideways revealing a level that Mario moves through. Add to that, the ability to use the new Mario character from the Adventures with Mario sets who interacts with what’s happening on screen and you have one of the most interactive Lego sets yet made.

We can’t wait to see these sets for real. Roll on August!

Lego Adventures With Mario Starter Course: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/adventures-with-mario-starter-course-71360

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System: https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/nintendo-entertainment-system-71374

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Lego Adventures with Mario and Lego NES due for August releases

This article is from Retro Games Collector. Click the title to hop over there.

Exciting times ahead for Nintendo fans who also like their Lego bricks as the company team up with Nintendo to produce some fantastic looking new sets – Adventures With Mario (71360) and Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).

lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario
lego adventures with mario

First up we have the Adventures with Mario Starter Course which sees a familiar looking ‘course’ with which you can use the supplied interactive Mario figure who reacts to the bricks he’s touching by way of a sensor on his feet and small screens on his belly and face. Bowser Jnr. is also included but isn’t interactive. Available for pre-order from the Lego website, expect these to sell out quickly!

We will be reviewing the Adventure with Mario Starter Course in early August so watch this space.

lego nes 71374
lego nes 71374
lego nes 71374

Also releasing in August is Lego’s new Nintendo Entertainment System set, and this one looks stunning. Comprising of a detailed NES console, controller, cartridge AND vintage looking TV, this set takes things to another level interactivity-wise. Crank the handle on the TV set and the ‘picture’ scrolls sideways revealing a level that Mario moves through. Add to that, the ability to use the new Mario character from the Adventures with Mario sets who interacts with what’s happening on screen and you have one of the most interactive Lego sets yet made.

We can’t wait to see these sets for real. Roll on August!

Lego Adventures With Mario Starter Course: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/adventures-with-mario-starter-course-71360

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System: https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/nintendo-entertainment-system-71374

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The Kids Play Dads Old Stuff – Revival Survival on the Spectrum Next

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum Next unboxing

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