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Mario is coming to Minecraft (but only on Wii U)

by MATT KAMEN

The Wii U edition of Minecraft is getting an exclusive DLC pack that might make players on other formats a tad jealous – an official Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.

Nintendo says the DLC will give “immediate access to new skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world, and a set of Super Mario-themed music and item textures, all inspired by games in the iconic Super Mario series such as Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine”. 

The asset drop will allow players to recreate locations from across the Mushroom Kingdom for themselves, all in Minecraft’s uniquely blocky aesthetic. Nintendo’s debut trailer shows off areas such as Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64 and Delfino Plaza from Super Mario Sunshine, along with plenty of other Easter eggs for fans.

The mash-up pack will also include skins to play as twelve characters – Mario, Luigi, Princesses Peach and Daisy, Toad, Yoshi, Toadette, Birdo, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Shy Guy, Dr. Mario, Diddy Kong, Magikoopa, and a Koopa Troopa. Tragically, there is no sign of Wart or Tatanga.

What will really stand out to fans of Nintendo’s colourful plumber mascot is the striking fidelity the Minecraft pack has to the core games. Animals are reskinned as Goombas, Mario’s flying tanooki suit is glimpsed, and material blocks appear to have the similar properties as they do in Mario games – TNT blocks become POW cubes.

The saga of Minecraft on the Wii U has has been a peculiar one, with announcements followed by denials, before final confirmation of the game’s release came. It eventually released on the console on 17 December 2015.

The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will be released on 18 May. Best of all for Wii U Minecrafters, it will also be entirely free.

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