Minecraft. Most of us are at least vaguely aware of what it is. Some of us may even be aware that Microsoft held a console exclusivity contract for the game that expires next year. In 2014, the game was already slated to arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Vita, and both iOS and Android devices. Essentially, every platform that is worth playing a game on… except Nintendo’s. Nintendo Enthusiast apparently has a retailer source that is putting their foot down that, secretly, Minecraft is in the works for Wii U and will become available by the end of next year.
Did you notice a glaring omission from that list? There aren’t any Nintendo systems to be found. However, we have now got word from a retailer source that this serious misdeed will soon be rectified. Minecraft will be coming to Wii U. Nintendo has made an effort to pursue such a release and their efforts have paid off. According to our source, the developer is currently in possession of Wii U dev kits. Although the game is simultaneously in development for Xbox One and PS4, the developer is said to be focusing on the GamePad for the Wii U version. The projected release for all three systems is summer 2014.
It’s notable that the source for this isn’t even calling this a rumor: They are outright stating that this is happening. Normally I would be a bit dismissive, but surprisingly this outlet actually has a really good track record for rumors, specifically as it relates to the Wii U. I am not sure this gives this particular rumor any more credence since it’s not known if this source is related to the source of prior rumors out of them, but at least I can say they usually don’t state these things unless they are personally 100% convinced this is happening.
This may not be a system seller, but the Wii U feels like one of the most natural fits you can find for the type of game Minecraft is. You can get the convenience of traditional controls with all the bells and whistles a touch screen can afford, and this is one game that would work really well with a combination of both, unlike many experiences that work well with one or the other. This could really show off some of the Wii U’s potential. I haven’t played Minecraft in over a year, but this may make me join the addiction one more time
Source: Nintendo Enthusiast