There are few games that have popped up in recent years that are anywhere near as iconic and popular as the indie-developed Minecraft. Mojang, the game’s developer, can’t be disappointed with the recent sales of the blocky survival game — currently confirmed to be over 33 million units moved across various platforms — but there’s still a lot more money to be made on the property. It’s for this reason that a new rumor stating that Minecraft will be coming to yet another platform next year, more specifically the Nintendo Wii U, doesn’t come at all as a surprise.
As an anonymous retail source for NintendoEnthusiast reports, Mojang has received development kits for the Wii U and has already begun development of Minecraft for the console. Given the Wii U’s unique GamePad controller, it’s not shocking to hear that Mojang has been focussing on utilizing it in the currently unannounced port. Presumably the ability to manage one’s inventory and craft new objects would take up residence on the GamePad screen, which could make the game itself flow much more smoothly.
Since Minecraft will be arriving on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014, it’s logical that the high-ups at both Mojang and Nintendo would want to bring the uber successful title to the Wii U as well. That said, Mojang’s Jens Bergensten previously stated that it was unlikely that the studio would port Minecraft over to the Wii U, although he didn’t rule the possibility out.
This rumor may hold some credence, but the fact that an alleged retail-based source is letting lose on development details is odd. For the time being, Wii U owners keeping their fingers crossed over the possibility of Minecraft arriving on the console should take this information with a grain of salt, but there’s little reason to believe that it won’t eventually make its way over to Nintendo’s latest home console.
The Wii U version of Minecraft is rumored to hit around Summer 2014, so news of its arrival should be confirmed sooner rather than later.
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