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Minecraft is officially heading to Wii U

by Eric Frederiksen | December 7, 2015December 7, 2015 1:30 pm PDT

It’s official: Minecraft is heading to Wii U, Nintendo announced today. This isn’t a huge surprise – the game appeared and then disappeared from the European game rating database, PEGI, so we kind of knew it was coming.

The game, officially titled Minecraft: Wii U Edition, heads to the Wii U just in time for Christmas, hitting digital shelves on December 17 via the Nintendo eShop for $29.99.

The Wii U Edition of the game will come with some extra skin packs right out of the box and will also have more packs available for purchase in the eShop.

It comes with:

  • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Natural Texture Pack
  • City Texture Pack
  • Fantasy Texture Pack
  • Festive Mash-up Pack

And available for purchase are the following:

  • 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

Short of a PC, though, the Wii U might just present the best way to play Mojang’s sandbox game. The game is most popular on PC and mobile platform and doing very well on Xbox, but Wii U’s dual screen could, if done correctly, provide a good environment for easy building. There’s no word on the game coming to Nintendo 3DS yet, but at this point it would just be a technical hurdle, not a business one.

Starting December 17, you can apply skins from a BioWare RPG to a Microsoft-owned PC game played on a Nintendo system with Minecraft: Wii U Edition releases.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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