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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Wii U (finally) hops aboard the Minecraft Train

A while back, the rumour mill started turning when an age-rating for Minecraft Wii U popped on some vigilant soul’s radar. A Nintendo Direct came and went, but no announcement was made concerning said port. Now, however, Wii U owners who have yet to experience what is probably one of the biggest modern success stories in gaming will get their chance.

Nintendo, Mojang, and Microsoft have announced that Minecraft will make its Wii U debut, December 17, on the eShop, priced at US$29.99. While the PS4 and Xbone version are cheaper at around $20, the Wii U version will include content that is only available as payed DLC on other platforms.

Related reading: Nick's review of Minecraft's Xbox One Edition.

While Minecraft has been available on a truckload of platforms for a relatively long time, I have long learned not to underestimate its selling power. As for myself, I haven’t played it since the beta on PC, so I might just pick it up! With some good use of the Wii U gamepad, it’s not unreasonable for this to become one of, if not the best version of the game.

The following pieces of DLC will be included in the game:
  • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Natural Texture Pack
  • City Texture Pack
  • Fantasy Texture Pack
  • Festive Mash-up Pack

Other DLC packs will be made available on the eShop for purchase:
  • 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

On top of these, Mojang is working on Nintendo-themed DLC that will be released in the near future. And, we presume, would then be exclusive to this version of the game.

- Eduardo R.

The Wii U (finally) hops aboard the Minecraft Train
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