Minecraft: Wii-U Edition
Minecraft is still a beautiful game. The first time I heard C418's ambient soundtrack kick in, I was beaming. The first time night fell, I nervously holed up in the ground. Despite my adoration of the game, I ended up being frustrated at just about every aspect of the Wii U Edition. This is the epitome of a wasted-opportunity, bare-bones port. It's great that the game is coming to yet another audience, but this is hardly worth the investment for someone who already has the opportunity to play Minecraft elsewhere.
Without factoring in that other versions of Minecraft recently received a big update, Minecraft: Wii U Edition doesn't feel like a definitive experience in its current form. The worst of it is the negligence in connection with the GamePad: what should have been the star incentive for investing in this version, doesn't serve as a strong enough draw. Especially considering that this version is $10 more than other console iterations, it can leave players (experienced or otherwise) feeling shortchanged. Yes, it wasn't without reason, but that reason isn't entirely satisfying to make peace with.
Minecraft Wii U Edition is like a slice of pizza. Regardless of how good or bad it is when compared to the other versions, it's still Minecraft. The ability to play off-screen is worth the price for dedicated fans and the extra skins are a cool perk, but it's ultimately best suited for players who have yet to experience the game before.
Even though it's great that the game is identical to all of the other versions, it still could have been so much better if they actually went ahead and used the console's unique features. With that said, if you don't already have Minecraft, it's really up to you to decide if you want to shoot for the Wii U Edition or not.
Minecraft Wii U Edition is a fun game, but I feel that the additional $10 over its other console counterparts isn't quite justified. Sadly the game pad isn't put to much more use other than just being another controller to use and I don't feel that additional textures and skins warrants another $10. It's still a fun game but if you already have another console version, this might be one to skip unless you have friends who also pick up this version.
All in all, Mojang has done a wonderful job of porting the full Minecraft experience over to the Wii U. A game such as this feels right at home on the system, it's just a pity that it didn't arrive sooner. The open-ended nature of the gameplay means that virtually endless hours of fun are possible, and it can be tough to put it down once it's really gotten its hooks in you. That being said, there's little here to justify a double dip; world size aside, it's pretty much the same experience you'll find elsewhere. We'd definitely recommend Minecraft: Wii U Edition on its own merits, but if you've already bought it or played it on another platform think carefully before you buy it again.
Minecraft Wii U Edition is just another version of Mojang's great sandbox. Unfortunately, there is an evident lack of Wii U GamePad integration that makes its use very prosaic. If you've already played another version of Minecraft, you probably won't be thrilled.
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Overall, I was shocked by how fun Minecraft is and quickly grew to understand why millions of people around the world have taken to it so strongly. It won't be for everyone, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for something new give it a look.
Minecraft: Wii U Edition adds a touch of Mario to the popular crafting franchise while bringing it to Nintendo's console. Outside of the Mario-themed additions, folks who have invested lots of time with other console or vanilla PC versions likely won't have incentive to make the switch. For those who have yet to play Minecraft, however, the Wii U Edition could be a good jump-in point to get their toes wet and find out what the fuss is all about.
Maybe you'll find the remnants of an underground fortress. It may take a few hours to really understand what you're trying to do, but when you exit a cavern at sunrise next to a river and feel like you're truly inhabiting this world that is custom built just for you… there's really nothing else like it in gaming. It's not for everyone, but if it's for you, it's a gaming experience you won't likely forget.