A host of Microsoft-exclusive characters are appearing, or in one case returning, to Nintendo consoles for the first time in a Minecraft update today.
A new skin pack for Minecraft allows players to take on the appearance, blocky though they may be, of characters from Halo, Banjo-Kazooie, and Gears of War in the Switch and Wii U versions of the game. While this obviously isn’t the first time Banjo has been on a Nintendo system, I believe it does mark the first appearance for Master Chief and the coalition gang.
This is part of an effort on Microsoft’s part to prep the unification of Minecraft servers cross all compatible platforms. Sony has refused to participate in Minecraft crossplay, so the Microsoft mascots appearing on Switch is the first time they’ve crossed the console barrier.
The skin pack is available for purchase on all cross-platform versions today, though it has been available on Xbox for ages.
This is interesting, because I cannot imagine this mascot exchange works in reverse with Mario packs being available on Xbox One. Who knows, though, maybe that’s part of the cross-platform deal. We’ll have to wait and see.