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How We Make Minecraft: Episode 7 - Redstone

How the magic is made

Arghh!! It's Redstone, Minecraft’s most intimidating block (well, until we give cobblestone the ‘gritty reboot’ treatment), might just be more accessible than you think! Join us for a deep dive into the ambitious little block that makes your Minecraft creations come to life! But not in a Frankenstein-way that leads to destruction and scientific hubris. That would be horrible. And we’re saving it for a later update.

Lunar Near Year comes to the Minecraft Marketplace

The year of the Ox!

Multiple games are celebrating the Lunar New Year, and Minecraft is no different. A special celebration of the Year of the Ox is live today, and there's fun to enjoy up to Feb. 15th, 2021. Read all about the action below!

This week marks the beginning of Lunar New Year, a celebration that rings in the Year of the Ox. Lunar New Year has a cycle of twelve years, which means that the last time the Ox made an appearance was in 2009. That also happens to be the year that the very first version of Minecraft saw the light of day! However, this version didn’t have any cows. They made their debut in 2010.

Depending on where you are in the world, the celebrations for Lunar New Year will vary. As flowers hold a special significance for the holiday in Vietnam, the flower markets are particularly active this time of year. In Shanghai, the Yuyuan Gardens hold a beautiful Lantern Festival. In Korea, most people return to their hometowns to spend the three-day Seollal celebration with their families. New York hosts a Firecracker Ceremony and Los Angeles has held a Golden Dragon parade for over 120 years. All over the world, people come together to clear out the previous year by cleaning their homes, getting rid of clutter, and replacing or repairing broken items.

One way to start the Lunar New Year celebrations is with a big feast together with family and friends. During the holiday, large parades with dances and performances are held. Since that type of gathering still isn’t possible we hope that you can find other ways to mark the occasion.

Super Mario Galaxy recreated in Minecraft

Who needs Super Mario 3D All-Stars?

Recreating Nintendo experiences within the confines of Minecraft seems to be all the rage lately. We've most recently seen The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Super Nintendo World recreated in Minecraft, and now Super Mario Galaxy has joined them.

Creator Chasin_Jason has put a ton of work into his tribute to Super Mario Galaxy in Minecraft, recreating tons of familiar locations and set-pieces. There's even 86 different stars for you to collect! Sure, it doesn't play as well as Super Mario Galaxy, but there's definitely a lot of love here. Check out more info on the creation here.

Super Nintendo World recreated in Minecraft

The happiest place on virtual Earth

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan was supposed to be open for a few months by now, but the pandemic really through the schedule out of whack. While we wait for an official opening date, you can actually take a visit right now...virtually!

Minecraft fan Dippy22 has put a ton of time into recreating Super Nintendo World within Minecraft. Everything you've seen from the official videos and pictures is here, including the park entrance, attractions, and even merch shops. You can take a look at more pictures for the virtual park and find out how to visit here.

How We Make Minecraft - Episode 6: Survival

Survive together

In the latest episode of How We Make Minecraft, Mojang dives into Survival Mode to share how some of the different mechanics work. If you want a peek behind the curtain, check out the video above!

Bloom community-created map available for free in Minecraft

All bloom, no doom

The community celebration for Minecraft continues on with another free map made by Minecraft players. The map up for grabs this time is Bloom, and you can read a quick synopsis below.

Bring an abandoned garden back to life through repairs, upgrades, and personal designs in Bloom! As the groundskeeper you can build an interactive cabin, customize your garden with craftable 3D decorations, and discover over 30 magical plants. Forage, fish, and solve mysteries in the woods.

Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Minecraft (2020 Special)

A big year for one of the world's biggest games

The gang at Mojang is looking back on 2020 by sharing some things that happened with Minecraft this year that you might not know about. We're guessing you know a few of these, but do you know them all?

Minecraft "Community Celebration: Terra Swoop Force" Trailer

Bore-ing but not boring!

The Minecraft Community Celebration continues with a new bit of free content. In the Terra Swoop Force map, you take a journey to the center of the earth with your Thermal Flight Armor. Your goal is to find out what happened to the Terra Scooper bore-drill and the crew piloting it, as it disappeared 30 years ago. You can enjoy this one solo or with friends, so go dig in now!

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's map recreated in Minecraft with stunning accuracy

Open your eyes...

Don't you wish you could experience Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the first time again? Unfortunately that's not possible, but there's a way you can revisit the familiar lands with a fresh coat of paint.

Minecraft fan Crockette22 has poured a ton of time into recreating the map of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Minecraft, and the results are breathtaking. Anyone who's played Breath of the Wild will no doubt recognize many of the landmarks, and should feel right at home running around the map.

If you want to explore the map for yourself, or check out a few more screens of the tribute, you can get your fill here.

Minecraft "Community Celebration: Farm Life" Trailer

Living the country life

Looking for the country living experience out of your Minecraft? Why not give the Farm Live community creation a try? Read what it has to offer below.

Welcome to Farm Life. Experience the challenging life of a farmer. Tend your fields, trade your harvest for better farming equipment, produce food, and become the best farmer in the world!

- 50+ new crops & fruit trees!
- 10+ farm vehicles & attachments!
- Countryside with farms and a small town!

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