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Minecraft has become the best-selling game on the Japanese Wii U eShop. When we reported on the game’s ranking on December 27, it was already at the ninth spot. Minecraft: Wii U Edition has been climbing up the charts rapidly since then.

Famitsu reported in its most recent issue that the download has sold 77,233 copies. That’s based on data collected between November 30 and January 3.

Here’s a look at how Minecraft: Wii U Edition’s sales stack up to other versions of the game:

The Wii U version of Minecraft has been patched. As previously mentioned, it fixes various bugs and issues in the game. Full patch notes are below:

-Fix for a problem with the analog sticks when using 3rd party Pro controllers.
-Fix for a crash after playing for an extensive time.
-Fix for a hang when losing internet connection while in an online game.
-Fix for a graphical issue when looking through opaque colored Glass Blocks.
-Fix to enable Game Chat through the gamepad even if it isn’t being used by one of the active players.
-Fix for an issue when disabling the Game Chat option while in an online game.
-Fix for an issue with the Game Chat option in splitscreen.
-Fix for an issue with input when a splitscreen player is using the system keyboard.
-Fix for an issue when copying saves with no space available.
-Fix for issues when the user deletes one of the Favorite Mii characters.
-Display Japanese names for DLC in the in-game shop in Japan, rather than English names.
-Fix for a graphical corruption issue in the in-game Skin Selector menu.
-Fix for an issue with the flowing water texture in the Festive Mash-up Pack.
-Fixed issue with the left stick input while in Edit Layer and Add Layer in the Superflat World creation menu.
-Corrected some text in the eManual.

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All versions of Minecraft have been continually updated over the years. And fortunately, Wii U isn’t being ignored. 4J Studios has already submitted a bug fix update to Nintendo that is now in final testing.

Here are the patch notes:

– Fix for a problem with the analog sticks when using 3rd party Pro controllers.
– Fix for a crash after playing for an extensive time.
– Fix for a hang when losing internet connection while in an online game.
– Fix for a graphical issue when looking through opaque colored Glass Blocks.
– Fix to enable Game Chat through the gamepad even if it isn’t being used by one of the active players.
– Fix for an issue when disabling the Game Chat option while in an online game.
– Fix for an issue with the Game Chat option in splitscreen.
– Fix for an issue with input when a splitscreen player is using the system keyboard.
– Fix for an issue when copying saves with no space available.
– Fix for issues when the user deletes one of the Favorite Mii characters.
– Display Japanese names for DLC in the in-game shop in Japan, rather than English names.
– Fix for a graphical corruption issue in the in-game Skin Selector menu.
– Fix for an issue with the flowing water texture in the Festive Mash-up Pack.
– Fixed issue with the left stick input while in Edit Layer and Add Layer in the Superflat World creation menu.
– Corrected some text in the eManual.

4J also told one fan on Twitter today that the team is “working on bringing the Wii U Edition up to 1.8.8 functionality now”.


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Minecraft: Wii U Edition only just launched on the eShop last week. Despite that, it’s already tearing up the eShop charts in Japan. It’s currently the ninth best-selling game on the digital store of all time.

To reach the eighth spot, Minecraft will need to outsell NES Remix. Splatoon, Dragon Quest X, Pokemon Rumble U, Super Mario Maker, Art Academy: SketchPad, Mario Kart 8, and Super Mario World are the other games ahead of it.

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A new update, version 1.8.8, was released for Minecraft on most consoles today. It adds new items, blocks, mocks, biomes, and plenty of other features. The patch is said to be Mojang’s “biggest update ever, bringing the console versions closer to the current PC build than they’ve ever been before.”

If you have a PlayStation or Xbox console, you can grab the patch right now. But unfortunately, Mojang says that it won’t be hitting Wii U “until some time next year.”

You can find a trailer showing Minecraft’s 1.8.8 console update below. The full list of additions are at the source link.

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Minecraft: Wii U Edition’s arrival on the eShop is imminent. For those curious about the game’s size, the download is 591MB. It’s then dropped to 468MB once installed.

On December 17, Minecraft will finally be heading to Wii U. We have a quick look at the game now below.

I’ve never actually played Minecraft before, so I was kind of messing around more than anything! You can see the controls, look at the options, see some of the tutorial, and watch me doing random things in the Skyrim world for a tiny bit.

Nintendo’s Japanese page for Minecraft: Wii U Edition offers up a few more details about next week’s release. First, aside from the GamePad, players can use the Wii U Pro Controller. Voice chat is compatible, and USB keyboards are supported as a means of communication.

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Minecraft: Wii U Edition won’t let players manage their inventory by using the GamePad. Instead, the controller simply acts as an alternate screen for off-TV play. So says Mojang’s Owen Hill, who tweeted the following yesterday:


This really feels like something that would make Minecraft much, much better on Wii U. Hopefully the functionality will be considered for a future update.

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Details continue to trickle out about Minecraft: Wii U Edition. This time information, we have some extra information about how multiplayer will be handled.

Here’s some information straight from a Microsoft Studios blog post:

“Minecraft: Wii U Edition will have full play on the GamePad controller’s screen and split-screen play. As with the rest of the versions in Minecraft: Console Edition, it will support four players locally and up to eight players online.”

It’s definitely good to see that Minecraft’s Wii U version will be keeping in line with other platforms. No compromises!

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