According to a listing on the website for games rating body PEGI, Minecraft: Wii U Edition has been certified for release.
The game has been awarded a “7” rating, like all other console versions of Mojang's endlessly popular sandbox game. PEGI warns that “it contains non-realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters. Pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed.”
Although the game has previously released on portable formats, including PlayStation Vita and Minecraft: Pocket Edition for smartphones, there doesn't appear to be any sign of a 3DS release for Minecraft to complement the Wii U version.
While there's no information on any version differences, the Wii U's gamepad and stylus could offer builders some interesting options in creating their worlds. The same tools prove hugely useful in Super Mario Maker, arguably Nintendo's own approach to Minecraft's user-generated content appeal.
WIRED contacted Nintendo UK regarding the Wii U release of Minecraft but a spokesperson was unable to comment.
However, the platform holder is hosting its first Nintendo Direct broadcast this evening at 10pm GMT — the first in six months, since president Satoru Iwata passed away.
The broadcast will be hosted by Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata, and is set to provide updates on forthcoming Wii U and 3DS titles — a reasonable place to expect more information on Minecraft to be revealed. The broadcast will be streamed on Twitch and the Nintendo Direct site.