Minecraft updates on Wii U are coming to an end


Mojang and 4J Studios have announced that the Aquatic Update, which is hitting Switch soon, will also come to the Wii U version of Minecraft and it will be the final update to the game.

The Wii U version, as well as other older platforms, apparently are now only making up less than 5% of total players, so the time it takes to bring the content to all platforms, was weighed against the number of people playing on them and thus this decision was made. A statement was made about the future plans, which you can read below.

Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5% of our active players, so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most and where we plan to add new features: on Java, PlayStation 4 Edition and the versions of Minecraft made with the Bedrock Engine on other consoles, mobile, and Windows 10. Because players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will be able to upgrade to the new version of Minecraft, with all the Aquatic fun included, we won’t be adding the Update Aquatic features to the older Editions of the game that are still playable on these consoles. So it’s a good time to take the plunge with the new version! If you own the older version of Minecraft on Xbox One, you can grab the new version of Minecraft from the Xbox store for free. Switch players will receive a patch for the Update Aquatic once it releases and will also be able to install the new version of the game for free.

Does this impact you, are you still playing Minecraft on Wii U?

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  • Adam
    May 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Any idea yet when fancy new Minecraft arrives on the Switch?

    • May 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      It hasn’t had a release date confirmed yet, but I think we should expect to see it reasonably soon. The Minecraft team streams the latest build on Twitch every week or two, and it seems to be pretty much feature-complete. Of course, we have to wait until the physical release for it to be available digitally, which could take some time.

      Basically: maybe soon, but we don’t really know.

  • Silly G
    May 5, 2018 at 12:36 am

    *Still* waiting for a physical release.

    And for Shovel Knight too.

  • Oliver Phommavanh
    May 7, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Same, I am holding out for a SK:Treasure trove physical edition too.
    I’m surprised they’ve updated wii u minecraft for as long as the did…
    Is the 3DS one still being updated?

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