Minecraft And Plenty Of Minecraft DLC Finally Arrives On Wii U December 17 [UPDATE]

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Minecraft And Plenty Of Minecraft DLC Finally Arrives On Wii U December 17 [UPDATE]

Mojang’s block-building sensation makes it to Nintendo’s Wii U at long last next week, bundled with six popular texture packs with an additional 16 more available for purchase at launch. Skyrim on Wii U, anyone?

It’s about damn time, really. And it’s something we’ve been asking Nintendo about for years. If there’s any game that benefits from a second screen experience and the ability to play completely on the Wii U game pad it’s Minecraft. The $US29.99 ($41) price tag might seem a bit steep (especialy to those who’ve purchased the game multiple times over already), but what else are you going to spend your Wii U money on, Devil’s Third? There hasn’t been any official confirmation that it’s coming to Australia yet, but it’s been confirmed for Europe and North America and things are looking good.

The Wii U version of Minecraft comes loaded with a half dozen texture packs, including:

  • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Natural Texture Pack
  • City Texture Pack
  • Fantasy Texture Pack
  • Festive Mash-up Pack

Those looking for a little more variety to their blocky landscapes can purchase these additional packs at launch:

  • Festive Skin Pack
  • The Simpsons Skin Pack
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
  • Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
  • Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
  • Skyrim Mash-up Pack
  • Plastic Texture Pack
  • Candy Texture Pack1
  • Cartoon Texture Pack
  • Steampunk Texture Pack
  • Pattern Texture Pack
  • Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
  • Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack

The official press release also mentions that Mojang and Nintendo are working together to creature future texture packs for the game, so don’t worry — those licensed Mario blocks are almost a sure thing.

Man, I’m going to need to free up some hard drive space now.

Update (9:00AEDT): Minecraft on Wii U has been confirmed for the Australian Nintendo eShop on December 18. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Comments

  • The biggest question I have is: how is the Gamepad used for inventory management? If the Gamepad screen is literally a grid of items I can drag in and out of the active slots with my finger, it’ll be worth getting.

    • I’m sure it will be. The devs are not idiots and everyone has been talking about this whenever Minecraft and WiiU are mentioned together.

      • I thought they’d do something with the Vita’s touch interface as well, and it ended up being easier to just use the buttons. Granted, there’s more room on a Gamepad screen, so I’m remaining optimistic.

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