Minecraft Wii U Edition Getting a Free Mario Mashup DLC

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Minecraft Wii U Mario Mashup Free DLC

 

Nintendo has announced that it is partnering with Mojang and Microsoft to bring a free Mario Mashup DLC to Minecraft Wii U Edition. This free DLC is set to launch on May 17th, adding Super Mario themed skins, music and textures for items and blocks to the game. It also includes a pre-made Super Mario themed world for players to play in. A trailer showing off this free DLC was also released, and you can check it out below. Nintendo has also confirmed that June 17th will be the release date for the retail version of Minecraft Wii U Edition, which will sell for $29.99. The retail version will also include the Mario Mashup DLC on the game disc.

This DLC is probably to try to improve sales of the Wii U version of Minecraft (because otherwise the DLC probably wouldn’t be free). However, there are problems… If you go to www.minecraft.net, you will see that you can buy the PC version for $26.95. The screwed up thing here is that Minecraft Wii U Edition will cost you $29.99 (yes, they seriously have the digital download priced the same as the physical release)… How does a very inferior version of the game cost more than the definitive version of the game? The Xbox One edition of Minecraft on the other hand will cost you $19.99 to download the game (which is clearly a more reasonable price given that it too is inferior to the PC version). Of course, Mojang could probably easily charge a full $60 for the PC version if they wanted to (except that this would slow sales a lot).

 

The original PC version is, and probably always will be the definitive version of Minecraft since the console versions are always lagging behind it, and are also plagued by far smaller world sizes (among other limitations). In short, Minecraft Wii U Edition is overpriced on top of it being an inferior version of the game. So it would seem that Nintendo would rather try to manipulate their fans into buying it by slapping a famous franchise on it rather than set a reasonable price. While adding a free DLC certainly helps pull more Nintendo fans to the Wii U edition of Minecraft, the game of course still isn’t worth it at all for anyone that already owns the PC version.

Funnily enough, in a way this free DLC for Minecraft Wii U Edition actually puts Super Mario Maker to shame, because you can make 3D Super Mario landscapes and much more (not to mention the fact that Minecraft doesn’t feel the need to be a giant dick by putting unlockables behind absurd crap like Super Expert Mode or Gnat Attack hard mode). Of course, Minecraft is a far superior game in general, and yet is selling at half the price of Super Mario Maker

 

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Mr0303

    That price is really hard to justify for a 7-year-old game, but at least there is a physical version.

    • Michael Fontanini

      Yea, especially so when its for an inferior version of a 7-year old game, too!

  • Michael Fontanini

    Yea especially when its for an inferior version of a 7-year old game, too!

  • Daymon

    I’m totally ignorant about PC gaming (my only experience was recently playing the Steam version of Ys: Ark of Napishtim), so maybe the PC price is different between physical and digital copies of a game, but as far as I can tell, there’s never any discount between any of the other consoles.

  • Panpopo

    Seems pretty cool, will probably be a big hit.

    This leaves the door open for other skins from other Nintendo properties, like Zelda or Metroid down the line.

    • Michael Fontanini

      Zelda or Metroid skins would be pretty cool 😛