Two Beloved Video Game Franchises Collide in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Edition

Free Super Mario-Themed Game Update Available Only
on
Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 17

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a match made in block-shaped heaven, Nintendo is partnering with
Mojang and Microsoft to bring the imaginative worlds of the Super
Mario
series and Minecraft together. For the first time ever,
players will be able to fend off blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones the
same way they do Creepers and Zombies.


On May 17, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack comes to Minecraft:
Wii U Edition
as a free game update. After downloading the
update, players who own the Minecraft: Wii U Edition digital
game, which launched last December, will have immediate access to new
skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world and a set of Super
Mario
-themed music and item textures. All this new content is
inspired by games in the iconic Super Mario series, such as Super
Mario World
, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.
When the retail version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition launches in
stores on June 17 at a suggested retail price of $29.99, the Super Mario
Mash-Up Pack will be included on the disc.

“Both the Super Mario franchise and Minecraft embrace the
magic of exploration and discovery,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of
America’s Vice President of Publisher & Developer Relations. “Players
will have a great time adventuring and creating in this free game update
that embraces the unique and memorable elements of both franchises.”

The Wii
U
version of Minecraft features the full game, as well as
many of the most popular previously released content packs for no extra
charge. Downloading the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack gives players 40 new Super
Mario
-themed skins, which transform the game’s characters into
familiar heroes like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, and even
troublemakers like Bowser, Wario and all seven Koopalings. All the world
and item textures in the game will also be redone, providing players the
opportunity to create their own Super Mario-themed locations
within the world of Minecraft. While building, players will even
enjoy listening to the smooth sounds of 15 pieces of music from Super
Mario 64
. Builders of all ages will love crafting massive new worlds
using building blocks inspired by a series as accessible and
recognizable as Super Mario.

Since launching in 2011, Minecraft has become a global
phenomenon, selling more than 70 million games worldwide. The game
places players in a massive randomly generated world, and lets them
explore, harvest resources and craft anything their imaginations can
conjure. The Wii U version of Minecraft features Off-TV Play,
touch-screen functionality and online multiplayer.

Minecraft: Wii U Edition can currently be downloaded in Nintendo
eShop on the Wii U console and on Nintendo.com
for $29.99. For more information about Minecraft: Wii U Edition,
visit http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/minecraft-wii-u-edition.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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