"From the moment you see the box you are instantly taken back to the golden era of Nintendo. The packaging and the Nintendo logo just transport you.
Opening the box you find over 20 bags, but some are very quick side builds which help construct the mechanical nature of the set.
It does a fantastic job of not giving too much away, it's like a magician letting you back stage at his show but not telling you any secrets, just giving you an extra point of view from the usual spell bounded audience.
The build starts with the console which very quickly you realise feels like it was created to be immortalised in lego form with its typical blocky design.
Before long you are desperate to see the front tiles with Nintendo font being placed on the cartridge flap. The power and reset printed tiles reminding you of the amount of times you had to reset your console.
After the console you are greeted with the smaller builds of the controller and the cartridge. Although these are pretty simple when you hold the cartridge for the first time you can remember taking it out to give it a blow. The green tiles inside a reminder to looking in and seeing the green data part of the cartridge.
You certainly feel like you have accomplished something at this stage, to see something so prevelant from your childhood sitting in front of you that you have constructed from Lego bricks is quite a moment.
The last stage of the build is the TV. Personally I would say this is the hardest build. You are dealing with some cogs and wheels. Take extra care to make sure things are in the right place, the right way around, the right size. Thankfully I made little to no errors as I was concentrating but this would be extremely frustrating if you go towards the end and something didn't quite work in the rotate system.
There is a section with a lot of repitition, place 30 single bricks here, connect 30 clamp bricks together. I would recommend a break before tackling the TV because regardless of how fast you are it's a time consuming task with the single bricks. Everytime you click something jn place you find yourself turning the lever to see what's new and what's turning. Even the more decorative side of just the printed tiles for the TV that show power etc just make this set really come to life.
The final bag gives you the TV scrolling Mario who attached to the magic when you turn the level he seems to play and jump over the level you have created in bricks. Its a piece of mechanical genius. Or is it magic? I'm very happy with it. I've not seen Lego come to life in this way before. If this holds a special memory for you then I recommend it. The nostalgia and the magic are palpable. My 5 year old is astounded turning the level.
My only negative and mistakes do happen is a missing piece, quite a big piece that goes on the top of the TV. Unfortunately I got to the very end and couldn't finish the cosmetic top of the TV."