To say that Minecraft is a hit would be a massive understatement. According to the counter on the game's website, well over 21.5 million copies have been sold of the PC/Mac version alone and the game has appeared on almost every modern platform in one form or another.
In a short video, the Minecraft team mentioned a few things that they were working on followed by the big reveal that the game is finally coming to Nintendo's Wii U. This has been rumored for a while, but the confirmation is still likely to get Minecraft fans who own a Wii U very excited.
In addition to the core game, the Wii U version of Minecraft will come bundled with six of the most popular content packs to give players a lot of variety right out of the gate. An additional 18 packs will be available for purchase as DLC, though the developers were quick to point out that none of the DLC content was required to play or enjoy the game. Minecraft is slated for release on the Wii U Shop on December 17, giving players a chance to pick up a digital copy before Christmas. Wii U Gamepad play has been confirmed.
The game will retail for $29.99, which isn't much more than the PC/Mac version (though it is more than the game's Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions.) The cost increase is likely accounted for by the bundled content packs, and development cost associated with new content that's promised for the Wii U version. This content is reportedly being developed by Nintendo and Mojang in collaboration, so it's possible that it will have a theme related to some of Nintendo's iconic characters or IPs.
This is great news for Wii U owners, since Minecraft is one of those games that has so much more to offer than what you see at first. The release price comes with a bit of sticker shock, though, especially since there's so much content that's going to be DLC on top of the release game. Still, the release promises a lot of content without any additional purchases and the possibility of Nintendo-themed Minecraft content is pretty exciting.
Perhaps the biggest potential problem is that this late in the game's release cycle, are people willing to pay more for a new version of the game that they likely already own on at least one (and in some cases several) other platform? Minecraft on the Wii U will likely be a hit, but not as much of a hit as it could have been even a year earlier. It's possible that the new content that's being developed for the game will make up for the delay, but we'll have to wait and see.
Minecraft releases on the Wii U on December 17th, 2015.