If you thought Nintendo was entirely responsible for the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Edition, you may be surprised to find out that was not the case. According to Nintendo’s Damon Baker, it was actually Microsoft subsidiary Mojang and 4J Studios’ idea to build the Super Mario-themed content for the Wii U version of the popular sandbox game. Nintendo ultimately approved the idea and made the content available as a free update for all players.
“They actually came to us with what their vision was, and the extent of it, and blew us away,” says Baker. “It still went through an official approval process through our art department at our head office in Japan, but it was really driven by them as the creative studios behind it.”