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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Digital only, or is there a physical copy?
Looks like it's digital only.
If they do like the Xbox version did it'll be physical eventually.
...finally? What took so long??
Actually pretty pumped for this. Never played it and know my son will get into it as well.
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.
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.
Yep. Unfortunately it's about 2yrs too late from making any significant impact on sales.
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!
I'm interested in this if they have inventory/crafting on the gamepad. Plus split screen.