Nintendo on Minecraft's absence from Wii U, 3DS

Mario maker says "we're big fans" of Mojang, but has nothing to announce about open-ended sandbox game coming to Nintendo platforms.

Mojang has released its megahit Minecraft on various platforms, including Xbox 360, PC, and mobile devices, but Nintendo systems have been left out so far.

Asked what Nintendo can say regarding the potential for Minecraft to come to the Wii U or 3DS, business development manager Dan Adelman told GameSpot, "What can we say on that front? [laughs]."

Nintendo senior manager of marketing for licensing Damon Baker added, "We're big fans. We have a continuing relationship with Mojang, and respect all the work that they're doing, but no announcements at this time."

Baker said Nintendo speaks with and keeps track of "what everybody's doing," noting one of the reasons the company is at PAX Prime this year is to have conversations with these developers "whether they're making games for other platforms or not."

"We've got our own favorites that we've had conversations with," Baker said. "So I think it's always a work in progress."

Mojang developer Jens Bergensten said in March that a version of Minecraft for the Wii U would be "very unlikely."

Check back later for more from GameSpot's conversation with Adelman and Baker.

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minecain
minecain

The reason for the absence of Minecraft on the 3Ds, Wii U, etc. Is because Nintendo doesn't like/support multiplayer, Minecraft is multiplayer. Nintendo/Mojang/Minecraft knows that playing Minecraft stinks with only singleplayer. And everyone knows that, I don't know why Nintendo doesn't enjoy multiplayer. But if you argue with me then name fifty multiplayer games made by Nintendo. (excluding: L.A.N.) As you see, not a lot of internet multiplayer games. But on the other hand, PS4/Xbox one both systems/company's support online activity. Such as Xbox 360 had COD, so did PS4. It's more likely for Nintendo making singleplayer games instead of multiplayer, they've done that for years. However Xbox and Playstations have been doing that for the past, like ten years. But Nintendo really needs to step up their game, WE NEED MORE MULTIPLAYER GAMES!!!

pity-the-sadnes
pity-the-sadnes

Just give up already Nintendo. Make software just like sega for other platforms so i can play mario on the ps 4.  No one i know cares one bit for the wii u.

nini200
nini200

I'd rather have Project Spark on WiiU as the gamepad could work greatly for it but Minecraft could work too

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Too bad. I'll get it for PC, PS3, and Vita instead.

ziqi92
ziqi92

The way I see it, Minecraft should have stayed on the PC, but I guess now that it's on consoles, a Wii U port isn't a bad idea...

Moloch121
Moloch121

Man Minecraft is on the DS Homebrew. Would be awesome on the 3DS.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Ehh I have it on pc already and my vita could use something...

Vict95
Vict95

minecraft on wii u would have the same map scale as minecraft pocket edition.

BattleStarX
BattleStarX

Pity, I think the touch-controls of the 3DS and the WiiU Tablet would be GREAT for inventory management and what-not on Minecraft.

advocacy
advocacy

Nintendo sounds like they just got friendzoned by the girl that they like.

kvan33
kvan33

Wii U probably can't handle the graphics requirements.

Elem187
Elem187

Ahh yet another article from gamespots resident Nintendo troll, Eddie.

forrestcupp
forrestcupp

Too bad. Minecraft on the Wii U with the GamePad would be the best version. But don't forget, just because they don't have anything to announce yet doesn't mean they're not working on it.

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

in other news Rayman Legends sells more for Wii-U than any other format.

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

before people start having a troll at nintendo.  like to point out that its not on the ps3 either.  more than likely microsoft have paid lots of sums of money to have it stay clear of other console formats for as long as possible

neflite
neflite

I think Mojang doesn't want to make a WiiU version of Minecraft because it's not profitable.

MGZ_79
MGZ_79

Minecraft prints money. Nintendo is screwing up, yet again, for not having this game in their lineup.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Wii U has the best version of Rayman Legends and they have Lego City Undercover which is totally awesome and if Minecraft doesn't come to Wii U well so be it because at the end of the holidays and not much time into next year Wii U users will have more than enough games to make them happy with the system.

.... and honestly Minecraft on consoles ?  My cousin's kid asked me to play it on Xbox 360 and while I will buy it for it just so I can some quality time with someone that doesn't mean I don't think PC master race is the best place for this game

Ovirew
Ovirew

They'll probably release some 'special' version of Minecraft down the road that has mushroom kingdom and hyrule in it, or something.

tommynj
tommynj

Doubt any developers are going to take the time to port any big games over to the Wii U now. Nintendo really screwed themselves over with a horrific Wii U launch.

KillerAssassin8
KillerAssassin8

@pity-the-sadnes PS4 is a PS3 with a new processor.Xbox One is a Digital TV.Wii U is the only innovative console in that generation,and has a better social network than XBox One and PS3.No one believed in the 3DS too,but Nintendo released a lot of awesome titles and now it's the portable console that sold the most in the fucking entire videogames history!Just wait Nintendo!Just wait the new Zelda for Wii U!You will be amazed!

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

@kvan33 

You do realize that its made out of pixelated voxels, right? Does it really take that much power to run that?

bonesawisready5
bonesawisready5

@kvan33 I know! The Xbox 360 can handle it like a champ and the Wii U can't with TWICE as much RAM and triple the amount of eDRAM,...oh wait.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

@forrestcupp The best version is the PC, with mods, adventures and everything that makes the game really great. No hardware gimmick is gonna replace the flexibility that PCs are providing.

Poinciana
Poinciana

@SeannTHEsheep That is because the WiiU is the only format where Rayman Legends is the only good game.

haze0986
haze0986

@SeannTHEsheep so0o0o its not announced for all 3 sony platforms in november?? you sure about that? because i saw different from a sony rep lol nice try though

mrrileyroo03
mrrileyroo03

@neflite  Yes it is! Very profitable in fact! Plus, the Wii U version would be the best version!

AlexFili
AlexFili

@neflite They ported it to smartphones too and people still bought that in droves (despite how limited it was).

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@neflite lol yeah, they've already sold like 3 times as many units of the game on xbox as there are wii us in existence. 

forrestcupp
forrestcupp

@MGZ_79 You're acting like it's Nintendo that's not allowing the game on their console.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@DeViLzzz yeah, that's right... nintendo gamers are gonna be taken care of this holiday season with mario and donkey kong! it's like 2010 all over again! hooray! but seriously... are you kidding me? they've got like 3 or 4 games (counting multiplats) coming this holiday and they're not getting ANY of the biggest releases, like GTA5, BF4, Titanfall, Witcher 3... 

haze0986
haze0986

@Ovirew lol ill admit mario minecraft would be kind of cool

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@tommynj What also didn't help is all the gamers being stubborn and saying OMG the touch controller ..... and meanwhile people use tablets and smart phones every single day and when using the Wii U touch controller it is not too intrusive and does not ruin gaming.  It actually only adds more to the system as certain games on the Wii U are meant for coop and meant for one player using the touch screen to do more ...

Rayman Legends Wii U > than all other versions

pity-the-sadnes
pity-the-sadnes

@KillerAssassin8 @pity-the-sadnes I doubt a new Zelda will ever come out I'm waiting since game cube for a real New 3D Zelda. So If Nintendo decides  to please there fans they still should develop  for Ps4 It would look soo much better. I say Nintendos time has come at least for the home console market . Zelda and Mario are not going to change that. Maybe if they drop the Price to a 100 euros...

forrestcupp
forrestcupp

@El_Zaggy I agree that the PC version is going to be the best. I was talking about out of all of the console versions, the Wii U would provide the best experience because of the possibilities of having the menus on the GamePad. But I will have to say that most of the people who call the GamePad a gimmick haven't even tried it.

haze0986
haze0986

@El_Zaggy im buying for my ps3 and vita and maybe ps4 judging by improvements . but nothing compares to the pc version its just too in depth compared to the others

MGZ_79
MGZ_79

@forrestcupp @MGZ_79 So, you're implying that Nintendo isn't at fault for the only major brand that isn't offering Minecraft? 

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

@DukeMagnum @DeViLzzz nintendo games dont get traded in as much as they contain almost unlimited replay value thats why second hand nintendo games hold their price for years whereas most AAA titles on 360 and ps3 that come out during the october, november period are traded in within a matter of days and shops price cut them within a fortnight.

haze0986
haze0986

@DeViLzzz @tommynj the games for wii u are the same for 360 and ps3 they cant compete when people are looking for more than weve already had for 8 years

haze0986
haze0986

@DeViLzzz @tommynj if youve held the wii u its 4 times thicer than any tablet and its annoying choosing which screen to watch the controller part of wii u is just uncomfortable. so in conclusion tablets and smart phones arent in the same category as a lame game controller design

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

@DeViLzzz @tommynj Nintendo is the one being stubborn, most gamers just saw through the touch-screen gimmick and realized there was no games for it... except for you that is. Glad you're having fun with the few games you have, but trust me, you're going to be frustrated in the coming years by Nintendo's patented slow trickle of releases that use conventional controls. I don't know why they release these new motion/touch controllers only to have most of their main franchises regress to using the Wii-mote on its side like a NES controller; that's progress for you.

forrestcupp
forrestcupp

@MGZ_79 @forrestcupp You really think they're directly at fault? Either they are in negotiations and it will come, or Mojang isn't ready to bring it because of the small user base. Why in the world would Nintendo actively block one of the best selling games from coming to their console?

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@Def-Trex @DukeMagnum @DeViLzzz i see where you're coming from, but i don't think a person should be buying a console solely for exclusives, unless it's cheap. i also don't think the wii u is cheap enough yet to justify that. for $200, i'd pick it up only for nintendo games. i just don't think $300 is worth it yet for what it offers, especially considering how badly it is selling and in all likelihood there will be retailers running $250 specials on it, perhaps before the end of the year.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@SeannTHEsheep @DukeMagnum @DeViLzzz they hold their price because nintendo never drops the MSRP or they go rare... not  because people don't trade them. and sure, AAA titles get price cuts... crysis 3 (not anywhere near AAA, but just for the sake of an example) got $20-$25 knocked off the console version literally 2 weeks after i bought it. but that's also due to them being part of a more competitive segment of the market. but all this is irrelevant to what i was saying. i'm not arguing against the quality of nintendo's games, most of what i have seen and played is top notch in terms of quality. i think they're cheaply developed, for the most part, and that's why you don't see very many truly engrossing first party nintendo games. anyway, the point i was making was that wii u releases this holiday are still few and far between and wii u owners won't have plenty to play.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@haze0986 Sorry but Rayman Legends and Lego City Undercover (exclusive) are enough already to make me love the Wii U and there will be more games for the system.

.... and again ....

Rayman Legends is DIFFERENT on the Wii U !  Get a clue !

mrrileyroo03
mrrileyroo03

@tommynj The Wii U is only inferior in your eyes, In mine; Xbox is the inferior console!

tommynj
tommynj

@xiiraveniix @DeViLzzz @tommynj I agree the touch pad was awesome. It is just sad to see the pad on such an inferior system compared to the Xbox One and PS 4. Also it seems a lot of prior Nintendo players didn't cross over from the Wii to the Wii U as well.

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

The "big deal" is that Nintendo & Microsoft insist on forcing their customers to pay for new motion/touch controls, yet fail to provide compelling games to justify its inclusion. The N64 controller featured an analog stick because Nintendo were turning their franchises (like Mario & Zelda) 3D which necessitated a new control scheme. What did the Wii-mote do for Mario? (At least with the last Zelda Nintendo seemed to make full use of their own system's controls). Nintendo should have had one of their major franchises launch with the Wii-U which made full use of this touch-screen controller to show everyone why they need this system. Almost a year later and only Nintendo only has Pikmin which seems to use a Wii or GC control set-up, not one designed around this new touch-screen functionality.

forrestcupp
forrestcupp

@xiiraveniix @DeViLzzz @tommynj Most of the people who talk crap about the GamePad haven't even tried it. The GamePad is awesome, and from what I've seen, my best GamePad experiences have come from games that weren't first party. And what's the big deal, anyway? The GamePad can be used exactly like a standard controller. The extra features don't have to be used.