The PEGI rating system claims that Minecraft for Wii U will release on November 12th. Is Minecraft finally coming to a Nintendo system?
Tomorrow marks the first Nintendo Direct since Satoru Iwata’s untimely passing, and Nintendo fans have lofty expectations for the presentation. These Nintendo Directs usually have some surprises, and it looks like one such surprise has been leaked ahead of time. If the PEGI rating system is to be believed, Minecraft is finally coming to Wii U.
The ultra popular Minecraft has released for basically every modern gaming platform that one can imagine, with the exception of Nintendo systems. There was some hope two years ago when rumors of Minecraft on Wii U sprang up, but unfortunately, nothing ever came of it. However, the game has now been given a rating by the PEGI rating system (the European equivalent of the ESRB), with a listed release date of November 12th.
This just so happens to coincide with the date of the Nintendo Direct presentation, so it stands to reason that Nintendo was probably planning to surprise its fans with an immediate launch of Minecraft for the Wii U. This wouldn’t mark the first time that a game was available immediately following a Nintendo Direct, so it won’t be all that shocking if Wii U owners are given the opportunity to download Minecraft as soon as tomorrow.
Honestly, it’s taken Minecraft so long to come to the Wii U, that at this point, it seemed like it was never going to happen, despite the GamePad seeming like a perfect fit for Minecraft‘s gameplay. For one reason or another, Mojang never bothered with bringing the game to Wii U, and when Microsoft purchased Mojang, it seemed even more unlikely that we would ever see Minecraft come to Nintendo’s struggling eighth generation home console.
Even though Microsoft owns Minecraft, the company has wisely kept supporting and releasing the game across all platforms. Minecraft practically prints money, so it would make little sense for Microsoft to restrict it on other systems. With the game already available for PS4 and Xbox One, it would be fitting for it to make its way to the Wii U as well, maximizing its sales potential in the process.
Of course, a Wii U version of Minecraft has yet to be officially confirmed, but the evidence is convincing. It seems like there’s a decent possibility for the game to have a surprise launch tomorrow following the Nintendo Direct presentation, which is scheduled to take place on November 12th at 2pm Pacific time.
Minecraft may or may not be released for Wii U tomorrow, but those itching to play it now can do so on virtually every gaming platform under the sun, including PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and mobile devices.