Flexing creative muscles and coming up with new ways to use old pieces is what keeps LEGO so popular and relevant even in the digital age. Just this week, we reported on a fan who created a Breath of the Wild LEGO set using the official LEGO Ideas website. Nintendo’s Super Mario LEGO sets haven’t been out more than a week, and they’re already sparking tons of amazing ideas in fans.

The creatives over at Playfool on YouTube, for example, have figured out how to easily replicate the barcodes that make the new sets work. In their video, they show how, once printed, the barcodes can be applied like stickers and will be recognized by Mario as course pieces. This lets builders turn virtually anything into a course for LEGO Mario to jump around in. They used this technique to make a real-life Paper Mario course that integrates LEGO, Labo, and even papercraft of their own making!

The best part of all of this is that they’ve made the printable barcodes available for everyone via a Google Drive. You can watch the full video breaking down how they managed this feat below. The results of their efforts are sure to bring a smile to your face!


If you want to see even more LEGO Mario content, our own Jason and Lauren recently opened and built every LEGO Mario enemy blind-bag set over on our YouTube channel!


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A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.

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  1. Love Ersare says:

    Amazing! I Will print there for my son tomorrow and we will build an amazing course!

    He says though that time blocks that increases the time to make the course. Have you reverse engineered those as well?

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  2. Jim Lewis says:

    This is really great, and must not be a surprise to Lego/Nintendo as the bar codes are obviously not protected, or checked in any way. I really hope they don’t go after people making these available as really it only adds to the playability, although may reduce the NEED to buy more sLego Mario sets.
    I’ve printed onto sticky paper the first sheet and look forward to sharing this with my 6 y.o. son who is away at the moment and doesn’t even know I have the Lego Mario set waiting at home for him.

    I guess the obvious request is: Please can all known bar codes now be produced in the same way and made available?

    Also, just had an idea for printing these onto wearable badges and giving each kid one to wear, while they each run amok with their Mario’s trying to complete a course by scanning each other. I guess the goal might be better on it’s own stand though, otherwise some kid would get buried!

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