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Minecraft: Wii U Edition

Just like in North America and Japan, Europe will also be getting Minecraft: Wii U Edition at retail. Nintendo shared a date of June 30 on its Twitter page.

The message reads:

Minecraft: Wii U Edition is coming to retail in North America on June 17. The Japanese version is set for June 23.


Minecraft: Wii U Edition has received a new update. It’s unclear what exactly it entails, but we do know that it takes up 143MB of free space. We’ll let you know if we receive any patch notes.

A new round of maintenance is lined up for the next couple of days.

First up, maintenance for Minecraft: Wii U Edition is taking place tomorrow:

– 5:50 PM PT (May 31) – 7:30 PM PT (May 31)
– 8:50 PM ET (May 31) – 10:30 PM ET (May 31)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (June 1) – 3:30 AM in the UK (June 1)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (June 1) – 4:30 AM in Europe (June 1)

There will also be Wii U / 3DS maintenance later in the week:

– 6 PM PT (June 1) – 8:30 PM PT (June 1)
– 9 PM ET (June 1) – 11:30 PM ET (June 1)
– 2 AM in the UK (June 2) – 4:30 AM in the UK (June 2)
– 3 AM in Europe (June 2) – 5:30 AM in Europe (June 2)

Also, as a bit of an aside, the eShop maintenance we reported on for this week is no longer taking place. We’ll see if Nintendo reschedules it at some point.


Courtesy of IGN, we have new footage of the Battle mini-game that will be distributed for free in the console versions of Minecraft. Here’s the gameplay:

Next month, all Minecraft users on consoles will have access to a new mini-game: “Battle”. The free DLC has players battling it out against each other in a deathmatch, and comes as the first of various mini-games on the way.

Here’s an official overview:

Battle pits players against one another in a fight for survival, as they race to snatch weapons and resources from chests, dance over each arena’s unique perils and stave off hunger pangs. We’ve made the mini game specifically with console players and couch-based competition in mind: it supports up to four players in splitscreen and eight players online, either by invitation or using the in-game matchmaking system. We wanted it to be super-accessible and fast-paced, so we’ve tried to keep the focus on rapid tactical thinking and combat: there’s no need to craft anything here, and you can loot inventories and equip armour with the tap of a button.

Battle will be added to Minecraft sometime next month. Additional maps will be available in the future for $2.99 each.


Nintendo previously confirmed that Minecraft: Wii U Edition would be distributed as a physical product in North America on June 17. There’s now some news for Japan as well.

Minecraft: Wii U Edition’s physical version is now scheduled for June 23 in the Japanese region. Pricing is set at 3,888 yen.


Minecraft: Wii U Edition came to Wii U last December. As it turns out, the project was green-lit a year prior – Fall 2014. All sides then worked together to get the game ready for launch.

Earlier this week, Minecraft: Wii U Edition received a Nintendo collaboration with the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. Nintendo’s Damon Baker told IGN, “This is the most IP integration in a third-party game that I can remember.”

As far as the future goes, Baker didn’t have any news to share regarding future collaborations in Minecraft. But he did mention that fans should be vocal about what they want to see next.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.


Minecraft: Wii U Edition was updated with the new Super Mario Mash-Up Pack this week. Enthusiastic gamers have since started to upload clips to YouTube, but some have encountered issues with copyright strikes.

Developer 4J Studios took to Twitter earlier today and provided an update on the situation. It turns out that these strikes aren’t supposed to happen, and Nintendo even assured the team that it wouldn’t be a problem. They’re now following up with Nintendo on things.

Here’s the tweet straight from 4J:


We’re taking one last look at the new Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft: Wii U Edition. Here’s the latest gameplay:

A new Minecraft: Wii U Edition has gone live. After applying the patch, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack is made available. You should only need about 70MB to download the update.

We don’t have the full patch notes, so it’s unclear if there’s any other additions/changes other than the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. If we hear anything, we’ll let you know.