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Minecraft is a game released by Mojang AB and 4J Studios. It is a sandbox PC game with a blocky aesthetic centered around gathering resources to survive, exploring the randomly generated terrain, and creating worlds and sculptures using a variety of colorful blocks and tools, though the objective is largely based on the player's direction. The Wii U version of the game, known as Minecraft: Wii U Edition, was originally released for the Nintendo eShop on December 17, 2015,[1] and later released with a physical edition on June 17, 2016.[2] A Nintendo Switch port, known as Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, was released for the Nintendo eShop on May 11, 2017.[3] Aside from the different controls and an increased map size, it is otherwise identical to the Wii U game. An edition of Minecraft for the New Nintendo 3DS, aptly titled Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition, was launched on September 13, 2017. All of the Nintendo versions of the game feature an exclusive Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, a complete Mario-themed reskin of the game's original objects.

A new version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, named simply Minecraft, was released on June 21, 2018. The new version allows cross-play with other consoles. Players who purchased the Nintendo Switch port can have an option to upgrade to the new version for free.

Super Mario Mash-Up Pack

The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack was released as downloadable content for the Wii U version on May 17, 2016 (though it comes bundled with the physical edition), alongside the Nintendo Switch version on May 11, 2017, and as part of a free update to the New Nintendo 3DS version on June 5, 2018[4]. It was developed in conjunction with Nintendo.[5] Though the mechanics of Minecraft remain the same in the pack, everything has been visually changed to match the aesthetics of the Mario franchise, which includes different skins for the player and every block, item, and mob. There is also a premade world containing several Mario landmarks and multiple enemy gauntlets and jumping challenges[6]; additionally, the mash-up pack comes with its own soundtrack comprising entirely of music from Super Mario 64.

Skins

Skins are textures that the player can apply to change their appearance. There are forty Mario-themed skins that come with the pack. The skins, as they are titled and ordered from the selection screen, are:

The skins cannot be used in cross-platform multiplayer.

Mobs

Mobs make up the creatures that can be found across the world, both friendly and aggressive. Again, all of them exhibit the behavior of their original Minecraft counterparts (e.g. the Hammer Bros do not throw hammers and instead charge the players, just as the Zombies did previously).

Mario enemies and characters are listed first, followed by the original mob in parenthesis.

Blocks and Items

Building Blocks

  • Brick Block (Brick)
  • Gold Block (Block of Gold)
  • Empty Block (Bedrock)

Foodstuffs

Materials

Tools, Weapons, & Armor

Decorations

Redstone & Transportation

  • POW Block (TNT)
  • Note Block
  • Yoshi's saddle (Saddle)
  • Light Block (Redstone Lamp)
  • Jump Panel (Piston)

Miscellaneous

Paintings

The paintings are often used throughout the map as decoration.

Development

Initially, the Wii U version lagged behind the other console versions but, they eventually caught it up. However, The Aquatic Update, releasing by June 2018 will be the last major update for the Wii U version. The game will still support online play but, it will no longer get the feature updates the Switch version will get.

Better Together Update

At E3 2017, Microsoft announced the Better Together update which will link users on the Windows 10 version, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mobile, Gear VR edition and Nintendo Switch, allowing cross-system purchases and cross-system play using Microsoft accounts. This update also brings an updated graphics engine which allows the new Super Duper Graphics Pack. All skins including the Halo Mash-Up: Minecraft Evolved skins will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch version as a result of these updates[7]. The update will release in June 2018 alongside the retail edition.

Pre-release and unused content

Unused images n the files for Minecraft: Wii U Edition show that different skins were originally going to be used, rather than the ones in the final version. These include Hooktail as the Ender Dragon instead of Gobblegut, Midbus as the Pigs, and Yoshi as the Horses. Another image shows the Ender Chest with a Mr. I-themed design, rather than the Shy Guy-themed design it has in the release version. Zombie Villagers were originally Boomerang Bro.s, though they were changed in an update to Hammer Bros. wearing the clothes of the Pianta they were before they were transformed.

Trivia

  • Minecraft is effectively the first Microsoft game published on a Nintendo system. A few earlier titles based on Microsoft-owned properties were released on Nintendo handhelds but, they were published by THQ.
  • The New Nintendo 3DS version is effectively the weakest hardware Minecraft has ever ran on.

References

  1. Hill, Owen (December 7, 2015). Minecraft: Wii U Edition now available to download. Mojang. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. Hill, Owen (May 9, 2016). Mario Mash Up coming to Wii U Edition May 17! Mojang. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  3. https://youtu.be/EDedvre19es?t=19m39s
  4. New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Mash-Up Pack update tweet
  5. (May 9, 2016). Two beloved video game franchises collide in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Edition. Nintendo. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  6. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-launches-nintendo-switch
  7. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-09-19-halo-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch-in-minecraft

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