Minecraft is a game released by Mojang Studios 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, and later released with a physical edition on June 17, 2016. A Nintendo Switch port, known as Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, was released for the Nintendo eShop on May 11, 2017. 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. The original game includes references to the Mario franchise, such as a painting featuring 100m from Donkey Kong (which was based on a painting by Kristoffer Zetterstrand), and the Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch editions keeps these references. However, all three Nintendo versions of the game also feature the exclusive Super Mario Mash-up, a complete Mario-themed reskin of the game's original objects, which was also released alongside the Wii U and Nintendo Switch physical editions.
A new version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, named simply Minecraft, was released digitally and physically on June 21, 2018. The new version allows cross-play with other consoles, namely Android, iOS, iPadOS, Fire OS, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Samsung Gear VR, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which shares the same codebase known as "Bedrock" (originated from Minecraft: Pocket Edition). Players who purchased the Nintendo Switch port can have an option to upgrade to the new version for free.
Super Mario Mash-up
The Super Mario Mash-up 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. It was developed in conjunction with Nintendo. 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; additionally, the Mash-up comes with its own soundtrack comprising entirely of music from Super Mario 64.
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 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
Tools, Weapons & Armor
Redstone & Transportation
Many large-scale, notable Mario landmarks make an appearance in the pre-built world, including Peach's Castle, Delfino Plaza, an Airship, the Sunken Ghost Ship, and many more generic locations including a Ghost House and end-of-level Castles.
Locations are often connected by Warp Pipe contraptions or World Map-like paths. Large sprite recreations and 3D statues appear across the entire map. Treasure, including Minecraft Music Discs and coins, are often hidden at points of interest.
Entering Minecraft's Nether dimension through a recreation of the Valley of Bowser entrance features an explorable Bowser's Castle and additional landmarks. The Nether itself is based on World 8 from modern platformers.
The paintings are often used throughout the map as decoration.
Pre-release and unused content
Unused images (presumably intended for use in the digital manual) in 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 Bros, though they were changed in an update to Hammer Bros. wearing the clothes of the Pianta they were before they were transformed.
The screenshot showing the Yoshi horses was actually used in the "Horses" section of the "How to Play" menu, prior to the patch adding the Battle Mini Game.