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Nintendo Is Bringing Mario, Luigi and More to Minecraft

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Come for the Jolly Green Giant-sized Mario, stay for the official Super Mario-themed world.

Nintendo and Mojang just announced they’re joining hands to bring the Kyoto publisher’s famed plumbers, koopas, exploding POW Blocks and more to Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 17. And the best part: the new content is completely free.

It’s called the “Super Mario Mash-Up Pack,” and includes a pre-made world and music inspired by Super Mario series games like Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Nintendo has also included 40 Super Mario-themed skins (plays as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Wario, the Koopalings and so forth), and completely retextured the game to resemble the iconic series. It has even slipped in a few new mobs, writing that “players will be able to fend off blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones the same way they do Creepers and Zombies.”

Minecraft: Wii U Edition was a few years late to the Minecraft party, arriving last December as a $30 digital download. While its worlds are smaller sized (a last-gen drawback), you can play it off-TV on the Wii U GamePad–the only bizarre oversight there being that you can’t use the touchpad to interact with an interface that all but demands it.

If you’ve yet to grab a copy, there’s a like-priced retail version due June 17, and Nintendo says the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will be included on the disc.

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