Nintendo was teasing a big announcement for today, and sure enough, here we are. Minecraft, a game previously available for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Raspberry Pi, is now going to be available on Wii U. Now that Minecraft has sold north of 70 million copies across virtually every platform on the planet, checking the Nintendo box seems like a no-brainer.
The game will arrive just ten days from now on December 17th, meaning if you’re not watching Star Wars, you can play around with the game, its six included DLC packs and new gamepad controls for the Wii U. The game is $30, which may be far under the usual $60 price point, but is well above the usual Minecraft price for most other platforms at this point.
Minecraft really shouldn’t have taken Nintendo by surprise. The block-building, survival-themed, creative kids’ masterpiece was already incredibly popular in the spring of 2012, when Microsoft and Mojang released the game for the Xbox 360’s download store. Nintendo at that point should have aggressively pursued a similar deal, working alongside Mojang to craft a unique Minecraft experience for Wii U’s GamePad controller, which would lend itself quite well to Minecraft‘s creative building gameplay.
Currently, there are disc-based versions of Minecraft for Xbox 360 and One, PlayStation 3 and 4. Combined, these games were the 10th-best-selling retail title in the United States in September, even though they were released months or years ago. And that’s not counting digital sales, or the mobile versions, or the original PC game.
The Wii U version is the first to arrive on a Nintendo platform, but arrives well after the game has already appeared on other devices. With this in mind, fans were hopeful that this version would utilize the three-year-old console’s features – chiefly the GamePad, the core controller which houses a second screen. it’s been confirmed that the Gamepad can only be used as a second screen. This is definitely disappointing, considering proper Gamepad implementation could have made this version of the game stand out from all the others.
16 other add-on packs will also be available for purchase from the eShop, including skins that allow players to take on the look of characters from Doctor Who, Mass Effect, Star Wars, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or The Simpsons. Nintendo has yet to specify prices for these packs, and promises more will be made available in the future.Minecraft Wii U Edition will be released on December 17th in all regions. We will keep you updated on the game as soon as more comes in on it as soon as possible so stay tuned for all the latest news on the new edition of the popular game developed by Mojang.