Nintendo executives have stated that there have been internal discussions about bringing Minecraft to Wii U and 3DS.
Shinya Takahashi, Head of Software Planning and Development at Nintendo told Kotaku that the game would be a good fit on Nintendo consoles.
“We’ve always thought internally that using the [Wii U] GamePad would probably make for a Minecraft that’s very easy to play. And, of course, if we were to do something with Minecraft on the 3DS similarly we would probably do it where it would be easier to play and could probably reach a lot of kids.
What’s interesting is that, in Japan, Minecraft is not popular in the way it is in the U.S. and Europe, so we’ve also thought that, if we were able to do a partnership like that, it might bring opportunity to help make Minecraft more popular in Japan.”
The pixelated open-world game is available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Android, iOS, and soon, Xbox One and PS4. Bringing it to Nintendo systems would make it available on essentially every major gaming device.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis & Development division, has not played the game, but is familiar with it. When it was suggested that Nintendo contact Mojang (the creators of Minecraft), Miyamoto quipped:
“Maybe we’re meeting with them! Who knows?”
I have always craved a 3DS version of Minecraft. I think that spelunking down caves in real 3D would give me the game that I have been wanting to bump up to my personal top 5 list.
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