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It’s taken far too long but Minecraft is finally coming to the Wii U.

Although news of the game’s Nintendo debut was leaked a few weeks ago it was only officially confirmed today.

Quite why the game didn’t get a slot in last month’s Nintendo Direct is anyone’s guess. Nonetheless, the biggest game in the world will get a Wii U Edition on 17th December.

Minecraft and the Wii U have always looked like a good fit. The gamepad is the perfect input device and the inclusion of off-screen play is a obvious added benefit too.

So – with the grumbling over – let’s hope the implementation is sound and be thankful that Microsoft’s ownership of Mojang didn’t prevent the game’s arrival altogether.

In fact, today’s press release teased future Nintendo-specific content for the game, so expect Mario skins and a Steve Amiibo in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, the Wii U edition of the game will come bundled with the following add-on content packs:

  • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Natural Texture Pack
  • City Texture Pack
  • Fantasy Texture Pack
  • Festive Mash-up Pack

16 additional add-on packs will be available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop at launch:

  • Festive Skin Pack
  • The Simpsons Skin Pack
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
  • Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
  • Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
  • Skyrim Mash-up Pack
  • Plastic Texture Pack
  • Candy Texture Pack
  • Cartoon Texture Pack
  • Steampunk Texture Pack
  • Pattern Texture Pack
  • Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
  • Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack

Minecraft: Wii U Edition will come to the Nintendo eShop on 17th December 2016.

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