This article has been sponsored by LEGO Super Mario.
In case you missed it, LEGO and Super Mario have joined forces, creating the ultimate nostalgia Bob-omb for fans of both franchises.
LEGO® Super Mario uses sensors and accelerometers to simulate a physical version of the classic video game, with the goal being to get him through the level before the timer runs out, collecting as many coins as possible along the way. The timer begins when LEGO Super Mario is put into the warp pipe and ends when he gets to the goal pole.
Sensors on the bottom of his feet can recognise barcodes on certain touchpoints placed on top of enemies and action bricks which grant time bonuses, powerups, coins and more. The sensors also pick up on the colour of the LEGO bricks he’s placed on, triggering a response on the screen in his chest.
Green and blue, for example, represent grass and water respectively, both of which LEGO Super Mario can traverse safely. Red lava bricks, however, put Mario into a no-coin state for a short period.
LEGO Super Mario also connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth, allowing players to scope out custom levels created by those in the community, as well as take part in weekly challenges.
We went ahead and scoped out some of the best user-made levels for LEGO Super Mario.
just2good’s gaming inspiration
YouTuber just2good is running a series he calls Lego Mario Flash which draws inspiration from an early internet-based version of Super Mario Maker. He’s also calling on his audience to send in wild ideas, so he’s sure to have some more cracking examples of custom courses as the series continues.
He says his first course here is based on his favourite game in the franchise, Super Mario 64, in that it’s less linear and has a bunch of things you can do within it. He also includes footage of him running LEGO Super Mario through the course, which demonstrates how the game side of things works, what happens to him if he falls off obstacles, etc.
The second course he threw together was a maze-like level suggested by a fan. You can check that one out below.
He has more custom courses you can watch here.
Beyond the Brick’s ultimate level
LEGO fan channel Beyond the Brick took a different approach to building a custom level. Rather than going for design aesthetics, channel host Brian built a level that gets him huge high scores.
Brian explains how the level got him the highest score in the LEGO Super Mario Championship and uses no extra pieces. As you can see, this thing is spaced out for maximum coin collection.
Most of these custom levels use existing LEGO Super Mario sets, so you can only imagine how wild things will get when people start adding in bricks from unrelated sets.
In other words, watch this space.
We’re doing our very own Battle of the Build video with YouTubers Lara6683 and Camelworks. It’ll be going live on the 24th of September, so keep an eye out for that one if you’re keen to see more LEGO Super Mario.