Minecraft: Wii U Edition coming next week with GamePad support

Minecraft on the Wii U? We can't imagine a more perfect holiday gift for younger players.

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Mojang and Nintendo have announced Minecraft will be coming to the Nintendo Wii U on December 17.

Minecraft: Wii U Edition will feature multiple add-on content packs, such as both Battle & Beasts Skin Packs, Natural Texture Pack, City Texture Pack, Fantasy Texture Pack, and Festive Mash-Up Pack. Both companies are also working on collaborating new content for Nintendo fans to enjoy in the future.

The game will support off-TV play, which will allow players to enjoy Minecraft on their GamePad controller. Considering how hooked younger players can get to Minecraft, this was a very smart decision so others can use the TV while the game is being played.

In addition to the included packs, a total of sixteen add-on packs will also be available for purchase within the Nintendo eShop. The additional packs are:

  • Festive Skin Pack
  • The Simpsons Skin Pack
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
  • Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
  • Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
  • Skyrim Mash-up Pack
  • Plastic Texture Pack
  • Candy Texture Pack
  • Cartoon Texture Pack
  • Steampunk Texture Pack
  • Pattern Texture Pack
  • Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
  • Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack

Minecraft: Wii U Edition will be available on the Nintendo Wii U on December 17 for $29.99.

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    December 7, 2015 6:17 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Minecraft: Wii U Edition coming next week with GamePad support

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      December 7, 2015 7:13 AM

      Digital only, or is there a physical copy?

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        December 7, 2015 7:20 AM

        Looks like it's digital only.

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          December 7, 2015 7:27 AM

          If they do like the Xbox version did it'll be physical eventually.

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      December 7, 2015 7:21 AM

      ...finally? What took so long??

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      December 7, 2015 7:21 AM

      Actually pretty pumped for this. Never played it and know my son will get into it as well.

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      December 7, 2015 7:26 AM

      I mentioned this to my boss and there's one potential HUGE use case for this: people who's kids play Minecraft now on the Xbox or something and would like to have their TV back. Like if you're a parent who wants to keep the consoles in the living room to monitor usage but you'd like to watch a show from time to time. Little Timmy can just put it on the GamePad screen and keep going.

      If they market this right this might be a better system seller than Mario Kart. Ok maybe not that big but this was probably worth whatever money Nintendo threw at Microsoft/Mojang to make it happen.

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        December 7, 2015 7:30 AM

        This is exactly what I was thinking. My 20-month likes to play Yoshi's Wooly World because she loves Yoshi. Having her being able to enjoy the game on the GamePad while I watch something on TV is a huge benefit to owning a Wii U. The same thing goes for Minecraft for those parents whose kids are addicted to the game.

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        December 7, 2015 7:40 AM

        Yep. Unfortunately it's about 2yrs too late from making any significant impact on sales.

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      December 7, 2015 7:48 AM

      I'm glad this got announced today. I was about to buy the xbox version and move my xbox out into the family room for my 5 y/o for Christmas. Now, I don't have to!

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      December 7, 2015 8:13 AM

      I'm interested in this if they have inventory/crafting on the gamepad. Plus split screen.

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