Much More Minecraft in May

And it’s all for free, too!

Wow; it was just last week when Mojang and Microsoft announced the retail version of the Favorites Pack for Xbox One, but now they’ve got even more news — with Nintendo as well!

Super Mario Bros. has long been one of the first things to come to mind when one talks about blocks in video games, so it makes sense that Nintendo would pair their plumbing protagonist’s wondrous world with the block-based terrain and construction of Minecraft, which is what players will soon have the opportunity to experience when the free update becomes available to download on May 17th.

A whopping 40 new skins will include characters such as Mario, Luigi, Rosalina, Princess Peach, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, and all seven of the Koopalings. These will be available alongside a pre-made Super Mario-themed world, complete with 15 tracks of Super Mario-themed music and item textures that draw from a variety of Super Mario games from Super Mario World to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

“Both the Super Mario Bros. franchise and Minecraft embrace the magic of exploration and discovery,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier. “Players will have a great time adventuring and creating in this free game update that embraces the unique and memorable elements of both franchises.”

Those who prefer to get their games on disc are in luck, as Minecraft: Wii U Edition will be hitting store shelves on June 17th, and will include the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack on the disc as well, all for $29.99.

Those who prefer their Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360 needn’t feel left out, however. In fact, it’s time to celebrate!


Beginning today (May 9th) and lasting through May 16th, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition owners are privy to the free 4th Birthday Skin Pack for that version of the game — along with the previous three Birthday Skin Packs! Alex and Steve are going to be sporting snazzy mob-themed tees (and you can get your own “I got the anniversary t-shirt” t-shirt), and there will be cake, balloons, and party slides for all!

More info on everything Minecraft can be found on the Mojang blog.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)



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  • Red_The_Pyrohog

    Neat. I want to know if these skins are downloadable