In 2014, Microsoft acquired Mojang, the game developer of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Some market observers believed that following the acquisition, Microsoft may not continue support for Minecraft on non-Xbox consoles from rivals. However, Xbox as well as PlayStation gaming consoles have received the DLC and updates for Minecraft.
In December 2015, Nintendo and Mojang also announced that Minecraft was coming to the Wii U.
“Minecraft is launching on Nintendo's Wii U console on Dec. 17. It'll cost $29.99 or equivalent, will be available to download on the eShop, and comes bundled with six of our most popular add-on packs. There's even a Festive mash-up included just in time for the holidays,” said Mojang.
Nintendo has also announced that it will release the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack as a free update for the Wii U edition of Minecraft on May 17.
Many Minecraft and Mario Bros. enthusiasts are waiting for the new theme and Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, also expressed his content regarding the partnership between the two companies via a tweet.
This is not the first time that Spencer has applauded a release for another gaming platform. In March this year, the Xbox boss also tweeted that the PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End would be a great game.
Although Spencer has been appreciating other game titles for rival gaming consoles, the latest tweet from Spencer could be taken as a reassurance for Nintendo fans that Microsoft may bring more Minecraft support to the Wii U in the near term.
Nintendo has also revealed that the retail disc version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition will hit the shelves on June 17 at a price tag of $29.99. The disc will include the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack as well.
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