Minecraft Wii U Version Depends on User Base and Update Process

4J Studios, the developer of Minecraft's different console versions, believes that the game could appear on other platforms, like Nintendo's Wii U, if the user base is large enough and if the update process is as smooth as possible.

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R00bot785d ago

Why is it coming to the Xbox One then!? It has more than a million less install base than the Wii U!

Metallox785d ago

Because Xbox One third party games seem to sell well, specifically the most mainstream ones, like Minecraft. This is from VGChartz, but it's the only thing we actually have.

R00bot785d ago

While true, Minecraft is the kind of game that would sell like hotcakes on the Wii U. We simply don't have anything like it at the moment.

lilbroRx785d ago

When did XBone third party games sell well. I thought the generall consensus from every Sony article I clicked on he was that XBone games don't sell well.

3-4-5785d ago

Wii U 3rd parties don't sell well because:

* There aren't that many

* The ones available aren't that great, or are worse versions than what is available on other consoles.

* If most 3rd party games for PS4 were iffy like the Wii U ones, then PS4 users wouldn't be buying that many 3rd party games either.

* When all you give us is dookie, don't expect it to sell.

TongkatAli785d ago (Edited 785d ago )

Xbox One is doing good with its first year. It isn't crazy to say it won't catch up and third party actually is liked there.

Third party can mean indies too, anything non Nintendo does lackluster sales compared to first party.

Eonjay785d ago

I think Minecraft would be great with the gamepad.

Realplaya785d ago

I think at the moment Wii U eshop games are selling better than X1's games or there selling just as good.

SilentNegotiator784d ago (Edited 784d ago )

"Minecraft is the kind of game that would sell like hotcakes on the Wii U"
And you're basing that off of....?

"I think at the moment Wii U eshop games are selling better than X1's games or there selling just as good"
Same question to you.

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DanielGearSolid785d ago


And it might be outselling x1 worldwide on a weekly basis if vgchartz accurate (but... They never are)

ape007785d ago

attachement rate of 3rd party games on wiiu is the worst i've ever seen, xbox one may sold less but 3rd party games sell like crazy on it

Watch dogs sold a million on xbox one

for we are many785d ago

Minecraft is an Indie game and those are VERY successful on Wii U, besides the fact that this game in particular will greatly benefit from the Gamepad controls. I'll just stop at that.

for we are many785d ago

Not to mention it's coming to the Vita. Now analyze that!

lilbroRx785d ago (Edited 785d ago )

The Third party games on the Wii U are the worst I've ever seen.

Also, what for we are many said. Its coming to the Vita.

Games like Minecraft actually have well known success on the Wii U. I think this is more an issue of bias on the devs part like with Night Trap.

user9558903785d ago

Yea I'm sure the one guy who still owns a vita is going to love it

herbs784d ago

It's funny every time someone mentions potentially superior controls from the Gamepad they always get downvoted. The truth threatens the fanboys...

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Axios2785d ago (Edited 785d ago )

The big take-away

WiiU needed 21 months and probably 100+ Countries to hit 7m

X1 has hit 5m with 13 Countries in 7 months

September the X1 adds 29 more Countries

I suspect the X1 sales will spike.

Edit, @ R00bot, agree, I think WiU is in for a great holiday

R00bot785d ago

Wii U is almost doubling its sales per week atm. With Smash Bros. coming I can't see that changing.

Big_Game_Hunters785d ago

Does anyone outside the U.S care about xbox?

DonDon784d ago

Even if the Xbone has less Wii U owners, Wii U had a major head start and Xbox One's pacing might be pathetic, but at it's pace may outrace Wii U (but who knows, Wii U's lineup for 2015 has most of the best games coming in 2015 (of all 3 systems).

randomass171784d ago

That only depends on whether or not it can up its pace but the exclusive lineup for Nintendo is a pretty big advantage. Third party support is not really advantageous for Xbox One because of PS4 like with Watch Dogs. It depends on Halo or Smash having the bigger fanbase. Basically a battle of the exclusives.

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Monster_Tard784d ago

@SilentNegotiator I think it would appeal to the audience, since it's more casual and really can you name a platform that Minecraft was released on that it didn't sell like "hotcakes" on?

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Metallox785d ago

I think it would sell good. The Gamepad fits with the whole idea of Minecraft, and this is something told by many Wii U owners.

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2pacalypsenow785d ago

but the wii u has a bigger install base than xb1

HappyWithOneBubble785d ago

Wii U have a different type of audience though. 3rd party sell less. Start supporting other games instead of Mario and comments like yours wouldn't be said.

Geekman785d ago

Minecraft is a indie game. Indies sell well on the Wii U.

Minecraft is a kids game. Kids games sell well on the Wii U.

mikel1015785d ago

But it's coming to the Vita?

MrSwankSinatra785d ago

This is why i cant take these third party developers seriously when it comes to the wii u. If these developers dont want to put games on the wii u then just say it. Instead they choose to make half assed excuses that are blatant contradictions.

iamnsuperman785d ago (Edited 785d ago )

You don't really know what is going on behind the scenes. Two possibilities could have made the Vita version a thing. One could be the cross save thing made it an attractive proposition for the team or, more likely, Sony gave the team support and money (incentive) to make a Vita version (look at borderlands). It is public knowledge that the Nintendo has not got the best relationship with the third parties. That doesn't just come out of nowhere without a reason

TongkatAli785d ago

The Vita makes indies a lot money, hot line Miami sold a ton on it,you guys make fun of the install base, but the users buy way more games then Wii U owners.

Minecraft dev knows what he is talking about.

randomass171785d ago

I though indies were doing pretty well on Wii U also. Shovel Knight's success on Nintendo systems seemed like a pretty big deal.

WeAreLegion785d ago

The attach rate for the Vita is insanely high. Vita owners buy games. Lots of games. They'll definitely buy Minecraft.

LucasRuinedChildhood785d ago (Edited 785d ago )

The Vita has a software attach-rate of like 10:1, and there is close to 9 million units out there. It's a no-brainer, especially since Sony has much more liberal policies, and will let them update without much hassle. Sony has made the process simple, and are accommodating.

Even if third-party ports weren't good on the Wii U or they were released too late, and it was their fault, there's still minimal examples of successful non-Nintendo games besides Legends, which was advertised as an exclusive. Nintendo has really poor relations with third parties as well.

LucasRuinedChildhood783d ago (Edited 783d ago )


Sony said it back at 2013 at E3,

There suspiciously wasn't any articles on this good news. I wonder why? They had to keep the Doom and Gloom articles coming, I suppose. It's good that the Wii U is mostly out of that phase.

Dunban67784d ago

The Vita's userbase is about 1.8 million larger than the Wii u's

Also they mentioned updates being more difficult on the Wii u

From everything they have said - it sounds as if the people at Nintendo have not done a very good job communicating w the Minecraft people at 4j

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TheUndertaker85785d ago

Holy crap does anyone read even the full headline anymore?

A WiiU version depends on user base AND update process, neither thing Nintendo has on it's side.

jaymart2k785d ago

Yes cause PS4/Xbox One 2 weeks update process is short.

Play PC, the updates get rolled out instantly.

TheUndertaker85785d ago

""It's mostly about platforms that make sense," he said about ideal destinations for Minecraft. "We didn't anticipate the mobile version to be that big compared to the PC, and it's the same for consoles. People always compare it to the PC, which is supposed to be like the big original version where you get all the cool features first."

"But we have seen there is a massive audience on other platforms so there are still huge groups of people who don't play on PC at all.""

Just saying. They actually address PC.

And yet the point still remains valid. It took how long for WiiU owners to even receive DLC and updates for Black Ops 2? How many games like Assassin's Creed didn't release DLC at all with their latest release? How many Devs have said time and time again that Nintendo doesn't make things as easy as either Microsoft or Sony when it comes to the network front and even getting support out for your title?

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