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Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up Now Available

Minecraft is my favorite game on the Citadel

Mass Effect fans have some new content to check out in Minecraft. Players can now enjoy Mass Effect skins and locations with the new Mass Effect Mash-Up pack. Check out full details below.

This star-spanning adventure takes you to nostalgic Mass Effect locations such as the Mars Base Camp, and lets you assume direct control of 36 unique skins – including Commander Shephard, Liara, Illusive Man, Garrus, and all the other characters from the trilogy you know and love. Did I mention there are krogans? There are totally krogans!

If you never had the pleasure of fighting evil aliens or thwarting the plans of indoctrinated Cerberus lackeys – now’s the perfect time to try! The Mass Effect Mash-up pack also comes with custom-made game textures, Mass Effect-themed menus, and a Mass Effect 3 soundtrack compilation that gets you just in the perfect mood for saving the Milky Way.

Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney explains why his Minecraft movie deal fell apart

We blame creepers

At one point, Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney was set to direct a Minecraft movie. This would be in partnership with Warner Bros., who was ready to cough up $150 million for the budget. The project was in the works for roughly 2.5 years, and Steve Carrell was attached to star. Then everything just fell apart, and the movie is no more.

McElhenney has finally opened up a bit about his vision for the film, as well as why it was cancelled. He shared some thoughts during the HappySadConfused podcast, where we find out that Warner Bros. chief film output Greg Silverman was replaced by Toby Emmerich. When Emmerich came in, it appears the movie was squashed, and that was that. Sadly, it seems that McElhenney had a great vision for the project, which won't see the light of day.

"I thought one of the greatest assets to Minecraft was they didn't have a fixed narrative. It was an open world experience. All you were essentially give was the building blocks to do whatever you want. I thought, what an amazing tool, much like Legos except now you're talking about infinite possibilities because it's digital, to give to kids--and not just kids, but any person who feels powerless. Kids mostly feel powerless; all day long they're being told what to do, how to dress, do your homework, go to bed."

I felt like that could extend to other people. I think everybody feels marginalized to an extent. Your boss is telling you what to do all day long, or your spouse is. You just feel like you don't have this sense of agency over your own life. The game gave you that, and I thought that's a really profound experience."

Metroid Fusion is being recreated in Minecraft

How do people do this?!

I'm recreating Metroid Fusion in Vanilla Minecraft! from r/Minecraft

I don't know how people do what they do in Minecraft. I can barely build a mud hut to hide from creepers while others boggle the mind with their creations. That's exactly what one fan is doing by stretching the limits of what's possible in Minecraft.

Reddit user Nyubug is currently working on a port of Metroid Fusion into Minecraft, and as you can see from the video above, he's already well on his way. As of right now, a smooth working camera, player physics, and sprite/background animations are in place. I can't wait to see how this port shapes up when it's all said and done!

Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2020 reveals their 'Favorite Video Game' nominees

Slime to vote

Nickelodeon is gearing up for their 2020 Kids' Choice Awards by opening voting for all sorts of categories, and included once again are video games. The nominees for favorite game this time around include Fortnite, Mario Kart Tour, Minecraft, and Smash Bros. Ultimate. In other words, no matter who wins, it'll be a game that involves Nintendo in some way! You can cast your vote for the awards right here.

Yoiko x Minecraft debut episode hits 10 million views

Congrats to the comedy duo!

Nintendo teamed up with the comedy duo Yoiko quite some time ago to promote various Switch games. One of those games was Minecraft, which turned out to be quite the hit.

Whiel there are multiple episodes in the Yoiko x Minecraft series, the very first episode has just hit the milestone of 10 million views on YouTube. There's obviously been huge interest in the series, the duo, and Minecraft itself! If only Nintendo would bother to translate these videos for English-speaking fans...

Minecraft's upcoming Version 1.14.30 patch detailed

Patching things up soon

Minecraft will be updated to Version 1.14.30 on Switch in the near future. While we wait for the patch to go live, you can check out the full patch notes below.

Fixes:

  • Crashes / Performance
    • Fixed several crashes that could occur during gameplay
    • 256x resolution packs are now restricted on Xbox One to prevent crashing
      • This is a temporary solution until we have the crashing issue resolved
    • Fixed a crash that could occur in certain worlds (MCPE-59756)
  • General
    • Split-screen will now display a message to join when the main controller is disconnected
    • Realms can no longer be purchased if not logged into Xbox Live
    • Players that are not linked to a Nintendo account on Switch are once again able to edit characters
    • Fixed an issue where joinable friends on Nintendo Switch were still visible after the world has been closed
  • Gameplay
    • Auto-jump will no longer trigger unexpectedly when trying to walk through open doors (MCPE-52213)
      • Further fixes will be made in the future to allow auto-jump to work more consistently, for example, when trying to jump up one block through an open door
  • Blocks
    • Restored kelp growth to its proper, faster rate (MCPE-57330)
    • Bamboo in Flower Pots are no longer empty after converting a world from Editions
  • Items
    • Crafting multiple Honey Blocks now returns the correct amount of empty glass bottles on a 2x2 grid (MCPE-58579)
  • User Interface
    • The 'Sign In' button is now scaled properly on all platforms
    • Fixed placeholder text appearing on the pause menu when hosting a game without an internet connection
  • Add-Ons
    • Entities no longer stop moving when the 'circle_around_anchor' behavior is added via a component group added by an event and/or there was a block close to their hitbox

Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Minecraft: The End

This is the End

Always wanted to learn more about The End? Best of luck with that in this series finale! Discover Minecraft’s secret musical ending, how many awards this series won, and the full name of our silly crafting game. Bye!

Minecraft's Feb. 2020 maps for Realms Plus revealed

Your new content for the month is...

Minecraft's Realms Plus is a paid service that gives you access to a bunch of content, including a new round of maps at no additional cost. What maps are coming into play Feb. 2020? Check out the official announcement below.

PONIES BY GOECRAFT

Are you ready to meet the most adorable collection in Minecraft, everypony? Check out these cute dream ponies; which one do you love the most? Choose your favorite and ride the rainbow, touch the stars, dance on ice, fly over the city, or go for a dive in the ocean. With a cute pony by your side, you can do it all!

SAMURAI SANCTUARY BY CUBECRAFT GAMES

Welcome to this beautiful sanctuary, home to the greatest of samurai warriors. But don’t let the serene surroundings lull you into a false sense of security. This survival spawn will take you on a wild adventure, so grab your bamboo staff and get ready to face off against ninja zombies armed with samurai swords!

MONSTERS OF THE DEEP BY NOXCREW

Dive deep into your new underwater adventure! Swim with dolphins, turtles and sharks as you explore shipwrecks, coral and volcanic underwater biomes. Track down monsters and put your training to the test as you battle, not one... not two... but three custom bosses! There’s always a bigger fish...

THE KINGDOM OF TORCHWALL BY IMAGIVERSE

Are you a solitary ruler, or do you prefer roleplaying with friends? In any case, you're going to need a Medieval castle to store all of your treasure once you claim the Kingdom of Torchwall and expand your domain out into the world. Explore the town and farms, but watch out for creatures that lurk in the sewers below!

INFINITY DUNGEON EX BY JIGARBOV PRODUCTIONS

Get ready for a singleplayer or multiplayer adventure through an intense and randomly generated dungeon full of scary traps, tricky puzzles, and amazing treasure! Collect upgrades as you explore new areas in this map with almost infinite combinations and multiple endings. Each ending comes with its own big, bad boss – how many can you battle?

SAND DUNE CITY BY LINSCRAFT

Travel through the red sand biome and set foot in this city with ancient wonders and culture. From the holy sacred temple to the mysterious sand house in the city, you will be able to find treasures and experience an unforgettable adventure. With nine desert-themed skins, you’re ready for some fun in the sun!

PLANES BY INPVP

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, it’s seven custom planes! Take to the sky by becoming a pilot in this aerial map. Fly around the airport and take off to new locations like the town or farm. Customize your plane with different color options and get into character with twelve new skins, including pilots. Are you ready for liftoff?

Minecraft Version 1.14.20 coming to Switch soon, full patch notes shared

New wonders await

The Switch version of Minecraft is going to be updated to Version 1.14.20 in the near future. While we wait for its launch, check out full patch notes for the update below.

Fixes:

  • Crashes / Performance
    • Fixed several crashes that could occur during gameplay
    • Fixed several crashes that could occur when loading into world on Nintendo Switch
    • Placing a compass and locator map in the crafting grid no longer causes the game to crash (MCPE-57882)
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when travelling through a Nether Portal with another entity (MCPE-58568)
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when converting a world with fireworks equipped in a crossbow
    • Fixed a crash that could occur with raids on converted worlds
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading the 'Extreme Speed Runner' Marketplace world on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • General
    • Classic skin choices no longer revert after reloading the game (MCPE-55278)
    • Fixed .mcworld and .mctemplate files not importing on devices running iOS 13
    • Fixed the LittleBigPlanet world and textures not being usable if the game was installed from disc
    • Fixed issues with the 'Chroma Hills' texture pack not loading on Nintendo Switch
    • Split-screen players can no longer be left in a limbo state when joining the game while the primary player quits at the same time
  • Gameplay
    • Projectiles can now be shot through the gap between two honey blocks
    • Players no longer bounce when being pushed and pulled by honey blocks and pistons (MCPE-53815)
  • Mobs
    • Fixed an issue that prevented mobs from spawning under transparent blocks (MCPE-59682)
    • Bees no longer fly in and out of a beehive or nest that is on fire (MCPE-53872)
    • Fixed tamed wolves not breeding by increasing their breeding priority (MCPE-59570)
    • Tamed parrots sitting on the player's shoulder are now transitioned after world conversion
    • Fixed Pillagers not attacking players after world conversion
    • Fixed players not obtaining Bad Omen when killing a Pillager Captain after world conversion
  • Items
    • Tridents no longer bounce continuously on the sides of honey blocks (MCPE-53626)
    • Honey Bottles now show the proper item tooltip (MCPE-61195)
    • Undyed Shulker Boxes now retain their color after world conversion (MCPE-36744)
  • User Interface
    • A confirmation prompt now appears if purchasing Realms on Nintendo Switch
    • Fixed an issue that could cause text to overlap when using different window resolutions in the Marketplace
  • Commands
    • Beehives and bee nests now have proper textures when placed with the '/setblock' command
    • Defining an execute location no longer breaks the "detect" argument
  • Add-Ons
    • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent Behavior Pack animations from working on Android (MCPE-56117)
    • The sensing component (used for ranged attacks) now calculates the view direction like it used to, making it so mobs can see their target on the y-axis
    • Fixed an issue that was preventing players from being teleported and rotated smoothly
    • Fixed the order of 'on_exit' and 'on_entry' events being reversed in animation controller state transitions
    • Local space for particles attached to entities will once again inherit the locator's bone rotation

Meet a Minecrafter: Creating Chinese Cities

Bringing ancient cities to life in a new way

Always wanted to experience China’s ancient cities and rich heritage? You’re in luck! Meet the four passionate Minecrafters who’ve dedicated themselves to recreating many of their country’s breathtaking landmarks – for the whole world to experience!

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