Lego should redo these classic game consoles next


Lego released its version of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 2020, and it looks like the company plans to continue releasing sets based on iconic retro video game systems, as the Atari 2600 set is now also available. Both look amazing, and they understandably got us thinking about what’s yet to come. These are the video game systems Lego should redo next, including a few more from the house Mario built as well as a few oddities.

SNES

SNES
SNES

An obvious choice, yes, but one we would like to see nonetheless, is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The SNES was released several years after the NES and featured some design changes, including a less complex cartridge system on top rather than inside the console. This would not only make it an easier build than the NES, but also give the Lego system more room for Easter Eggs. If Lego could somehow find a way to create a new game loop for the NES version’s TV so that those who own both sets can swap between them and not have to build another one TV would be even better.

The SNES is a square console, which would make it easy to convert to Lego, but it also has those big purple power and reset switches on top. Getting these to work properly – i.e. hard click on one and springy resistance on the other – would really make the set special.

virtual boy

virtual boy
virtual boy

The Virtual Boy is one of the worst video game systems ever made – it’s definitely the worst produced by Nintendo. And yet, despite its terrible and small range of games, its headache-inducing design, its lack of real portability and its hideous controller, there is a nostalgic appeal today. A Lego version would definitely be the toughest of all the systems on this list, but if done right, it could be an absolute must-have.

Due to Virtual Boy’s original design, the Lego version would probably have to use a metal stand or an extremely strong plastic stand. After that, the most important component would be the display in the headset itself. Obviously it couldn’t be a real screen, but remember those View-Master Toys that lets you see different images by turning a dial? There are your various game “screenshots”. Now stop looking before it gives you a headache.

gamecube

gamecube
gamecube

The little lunch box that might not have sold very well, but its design is iconic, functional and perfect for a Lego set. The GameCube, a relatively small console by today’s standards, looked more like a toy than any Nintendo system to come before or after. Its purple design, large handle, and tiny game discs all stood out against its competitors, and while it couldn’t keep up with sales, it has a special place in our hearts.

Obviously, features like the working grip and controller and memory card ports are key, but we’d also like the set to include a replica game disc – perhaps Super Smash Bros. Melee – with a working eject button. There’s no need for a TV with the GameCube bundle, but we have another idea: a battery-powered speaker in the console that plays the GameCube. iconic boot jingle.

Dreamcast

Dreamcast
Dreamcast

After taking Nintendo head on with the Genesis in the early 90s, Sega’s hardware efforts began to falter and the Dreamcast ended up being the last console produced before becoming a third-party game developer. It wasn’t really the Dreamcast’s fault, however, and despite being released before the PS2, Xbox or GameCube, it still had some really innovative features that the others didn’t.

Chief among these was the Visual Memory Unit, a small device that could be used as a game system on its own or as a second screen accessory with the Dreamcast. This made it the perfect way to play something like NFL 2K, as you could call up games without your friend seeing them on a bigger screen. This would definitely be a unique item in a Lego build, especially if you could remove it from the controller and see or modify something on the Lego-fied display.

Xbox

Xbox
Xbox

The system that transformed Microsoft from a bunch of nerds to Windows into a gaming giant in its own right, the original Xbox was very indeed a product of its time. Huge, with a black and green design and the famous chunky “Duke” controller, it wanted you to know you were playing games on a powerhouse, and with a game like Halo: Combat Evolved, that was the case. This would make for a very interesting Lego build, as the system curves around the edges, almost as if struggling to contain its massive gaming powerand there some very flashy logos on the console.

It should be big enough, especially if made to scale with the other Lego consoles, but you wouldn’t want to minimize all that early 2000s goodness with a smaller size. Add a working disc drive with a copy of a launch game (I’m voting for Shrek), and you have a real winner.

Xbox 360 (first model)

Bewitching
Bewitching

Yes, the Xbox 360 launch model was a very poorly designed console that had extremely high failure rates – mostly caused by failing solder joints resulting from the system rapidly heating up and cooling down – but it was definitely a nice console. Abandoning the square design of the original Xbox, the first version of the Xbox 360 was concave and primarily intended for vertical orientation. It was pretty ergonomic at a time when many game consoles weren’t, allowing you to easily replace the faceplate and even swap the hard drive for another without taking it apart.

Of course, those two features make it ideal for Lego processing, and Lego could even design a small wireless network adapter to plug into the back, since the first Xbox 360 model didn’t have built-in Wi-Fi. What would take over would be a Red Ring of Death prop. Yes, that would make Microsoft look bad, at least a little, but the company hasn’t been shy about acknowledging its failures with the system over the past few years.

PS3 (early model)

PS3
PS3

Sure, the PS5 is a pretty goofy system, and the PS4 Pro’s Big Mac design would have been a good fit too, but there’s something glorious about the huge, feature-rich PS3. The first model, released in 2006, was extremely expensive and didn’t have much storage space, but it had a plethora of ports, including USB and card readers. And since it still had PS2 backwards compatibility at this point, it would make sense for Lego to include a PS2 disc alongside a PS3 disc.

The real fun with this set, however, would be the controllers. Sony infamously included a Sixaxis controller, which featured motion control but lacked the rumble we’ve come to expect for a decade. He later fixed that with the DualShock 3, and it would be a fun nod to that gaffe if Lego included two controllers – identical but with only one of them including a rumble motor.

Neo Geo

Neo Geo MVS
Neo Geo MVS

No, not the AES home console version – that would be too easy. For this set, Lego would have to scale down the Neo Geo MVS, an incredibly innovative arcade system that debuted in the early 90s and still has new releases through the early 2000s. The system combined the power of a traditional arcade unit with the flexibility of a console, allowing you to swap game cartridges and, depending on the model, have one handle in the system at a time to choose between at will. Sporting an iconic and simple red design, it wasn’t the flashiest cabinet in the arcade, but it was definitely the coolest (and big thanks to Retro Ralph for taking the picture above so you can see for yourself).

There are a ton of possibilities for turning the Neo Geo MVS into a Lego system, including the addition of functional (and clickable) joysticks and buttons, as well as a coin slot button and memory card slot. But the real kick to this Lego set would be letting you open the back, revealing the large cartridge slots with room for games like Metal Slug and Fatal Fury. If Lego included the original’s card-swapping marquee so you could choose which games to advertise, that would be even better.

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