Minecraft Wii U Edition Vs PS4, Xbox One demand

By Alan Ng - Sep 1, 2014

We all know that Minecraft is due to be released on PS4 and Xbox One in the coming weeks, but fans have still been holding on to the hope that Minecraft Wii U Edition will still be released sometime in the future.

As we’ve seen with many third-party games already though, Wii U versions have become something of a rarity this year. This week, we have some comments to share from 4J Studios, the developers behind the console ports of Minecraft who have given some insight into the selective process of how specific versions of Minecraft are chosen to be developed.

In terms of the Wii U version of Minecraft it all goes back to that key word ‘install base’, as 4J Studios developer Daniel Kaplan explains:

“With the release of PS4 and Xbox One I think we have fulfilled most of the needs for now. There aren’t many platforms left to release on. We’ll see, whatever makes sense and if the platform has the user base for it. We won’t release on the platform if the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”

With the likes of Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and Zelda Wii U all on the console in due course, there is going to be no shortage of users logging into their Wii U systems any time soon.

Past third-party failures are perhaps responsible for 4K Studios not wanting to bring Minecraft to the Wii U though, as that statement above doesn’t particularly sound promising and obviously doesn’t name drop the Wii U specifically.

Wii U owners on the other hand are arguing their own case in that the Wii U is perfectly fine in terms of install base. The reality is though that new versions Minecraft are only coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the moment – how do you feel about this as a Wii U owner? Give us your thoughts below.

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  • dcj91x

    What’s their excuse for the 3ds then? I’m pretty sure more people play the 3DS than Vita, XB1 and PS4… And I’m pretty sure the 3DS can handle updates and the Mobile version of the game if not more.

  • Paladinrja

    “We won’t release on the platform if the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”

    At least they are honest. I hope people really understand this statement, its very cut and dry. I am not fan of Minecraft but then its too much like so much that has come before it for me and I have been gaming since the late 70’s.
    My nephew however loves it and hit platform of choice is Wii U and tablets so for him I do want to see it release on Wii U.

    Anyone whom misunderstands this statement as anything other than “We can’t be bothered” has rocks in their head and thats ok, its their lives as well but it is a very irresponsible attitude to have that won’t have very good repurcussions.

    For you, young people out there looking to get into the gaming industry. This is a pure example of how not to do it.

  • DarkHeart$

    They need Minecraft for the WiiU

  • Pattonfiend67

    Microsoft just now hit the five million shipped mark (NOT SOLD!) The Wii U has outsold (Sold over seven million, not shipped) it EVERY SINGLE WEEK FOR OVER TWO MONTHS NOW.

    Install base my d!ck…

    • cloudzn

      you are comparing sales on 2 diff consoles that were launched a whole year apart. wheres the logic in that and not to mention xbone hasnt hit all the markerts yet