Minecraft Coming To Wii U?
A new rumor has been making the rounds about one of the biggest games from the seventh generation of gaming making its way to the eighth gen Wii U. That's right, 4J Studios' console adaptation of Mojang's Minecraft could be making its way to the current eighth generation console leader, the Nintendo Wii U.
VG 24/7 picked up the news from Nintendo Enthusiast, where it was noted that someone close to the project revealed that the Wii U is currently in development and scheduled to release in mid 2014.
As noted on Nintendo Enthusiast...
“...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.”
This is fantastic news if it's true. However, we all know that retailers sometimes say things they aren't always informed about and developers sometimes leak stuff that doesn't always come to fruition.
Nevertheless, Minecraft did recently launch for the PlayStation 3, and the game is scheduled to arrive for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
Given how popualar Minecraft is with kids, teens and adults alike, it's not surprising that Nintendo would want to tap that potential audience for the Wii U.
In addition to this, Nintendo Enthusiast's claim that the developers are focusing on specific GamePad support exclusive to the Wii U is something that's becoming a trend amongst smaller studios porting games to the Wii U. Slightly Mad Studios also recently confirmed that they would be tapping the Wii U with specialist GamePad support as well for their high-end racer, Project CARS.
It seems to appear as if Nintendo recognizes the potential they can proliferate out of non-AAA developers for their eighth gen console, and developers see the potential that the Wii U offers for rare, unique, creative and original gameplay experiences.
With Nintendo getting serious about their marketing in 2014 and the company rolling out a strong line-up of first, second and third-party titles throughout the year, they could only benefit and raise up the prestige of their software library portfolio by getting 4J on board.
With improved indie relations, stronger development kit support and some of the most powerful hardware featured in a Nintendo console for its generation, the Wii U could definitely turn around its slow start with a hefty boost in momentum this year.
Hopefully we can see Mojang's killer title become a killer app for the Big 'N' and the Wii U.
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