Luigi joins Lego’s interactive Mario sets

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Luigi – everyone’s favorite brother of the most famous mushroom mashing plumber – joins Lego’s interactive Super Mario collection of sets in a new starter kit (creatively titled the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course).

The new Luigi figure is technologically similar to the Mario figure, with a built-in display that animates its eyes, mouth and a main screen on its chest, and a sensor on the bottom that is used to scan barcodes and brick colors. The main differences here are cosmetic: Luigi looks different and has different sound effects, voice lines and character interactions.

In addition to Lego Luigi, the new starter course also includes a Pink Yoshi, a Bone Goomba and Boom Boom for players to beat – or add to their larger Lego Super Mario creations. The new Luigi character is also compatible with all previous sets should players wish to explore their old courses from a new perspective.

The Luigi Starter Course will launch on August 1 for $ 59.99, the same price as the Mario Starter Course. Preorders are now available on the Lego website.