Despite prior statements from Minecraft’s developer, Mojang, the hit game will be available in the Nintendo Wii U eShop on December 17, priced at $30. The price will get you the game bundled with the six most popular add-ons, meaning Battle & Beasts 1 & 2 Skin Packs, Natural Texture Pack, City Texture Pack, Fantasy Texture Pack, and Festive Mash-up Pack.
It’s interesting because in March of 2013, just after the game had been ported to Xbox 360, Mojang was speaking on the possibility of a Wii U version in a negative fashion, with the game’s lead designer Jens Bergensten saying it was “very unlikely” in an interview with iGamer. At this point, the exclusivity deal for the Xbox 360 was coming to a close and the developer was considering a Playstation port. However, it was too soon to determine how well the console versions – which went on to actually surpass the PC version significantly – would sell.
Now, after selling upwards of 70 million copies across every platform but the Wii U, it seems like a pretty obvious decision to make – especially considering the fact that the majority of Nintendo’s fan base is the young demographic. Maybe they were just waiting until the holidays to make the announcement? If not, why didn’t they do it sooner?
Nintendo has confirmed the game will support off-TV play, giving you the ability to keep playing on the Wii U GamePad if someone else in the house needs to use the TV. The game will also support four-player split-screen (so long as it’s on a high-definition TV) and up to eight players for online play. Furthermore, the port is being developed by 4J Studios, which is the same studio that gave us the great Xbox and Playstation versions.
The game will be accompanied by another 16 DLC packs at launch, including ones that are Star Wars-themed, and Nintendo says that it has been working with Mojang “on new content for Nintendo fans to be released at a future date.” It’s not entirely clear what that new content is – maybe something for the 3DS? Either way it’s nice to see Microsoft giving the game leeway after acquiring the rights, even if the port seems like a blatant cash grab.