While the Wii U has its fair share of problems that have resulted in relatively sluggish sales, it’s fairly easy to see it does deserve the “family friendly” crown of the trio of next generation consoles with great local multiplayer games for all ages. As such, it’s a shame that Minecraft, a game beloved by all, but kids especially, hasn’t made its way to the Wii U yet. According to its creator, it may not for some time, if ever.
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Fans have recently bombarded Markus “Notch” Persson with requests for a Wii U version of the game, so much so that he was forced to respond declaratively. His tweet:
I agree a Wii U version would make sense, btw. The only reason for no current plans is we’ve got too much work already. I <3 Nintendo.
— Markus Persson (@notch) December 27, 2013
Minecraft developer Mojang does have a lot on its plate between finishing up its new game, Scrolls, and working on Minecraft Realms as well. A Nintendo version of Minecraft would be a fair amount of work, and they are still a relatively small company.
It is too bad however, that the Wii U isn’t enough of a force to be a priority for a studio like Mojang. The gamepad has been met with mixed feelings by many, but using its functionality for Minecraft is an idea that fits like a glove.
This is typical of the Wii U’s problem with third party developers. It’s not some global conspiracy against the system; Notch himself even says he loves Nintendo. But the fact remains that the Wii U has just not sold enough to warrant special consideration by third party devs. If the Wii U had the Wii’s sales numbers, you can bet that Wii U Minecraft might indeed be a priority, but as it stands, even if it’s a good fit conceptually, the energy and resources aren’t worth devoting to a Nintendo-centric version.
It’s an unfortunate cycle. Third party developers aren’t attracted to the Wii U because of its relatively low sales. And sales may be higher if the system had more third party support instead of relying entirely on Nintendo exclusives.
The Wii U is on the rise lately with increased sales from the holiday and a slate of promising (first party) games next year, but again, it’s hard to have a system rely almost entirely on Nintendo’s own offerings, outside of the rare exception like Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends. Sony and Microsoft's systems wouldn’t exist without third party support, and it’s only due to the quality of Nintendo’s offerings that the Wii U survives. As the console generation progresses, I’m hoping Nintendo will be able to catch up in that regard rather than fall further behind. Wii U Minecraft wouldn’t necessarily be a game-changer, but it would certainly be a nice start.
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