Wii U Could Make Minecraft Huge In Japan, Says Nintendo

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We’ve always thought that it would be a perfect fit… you know, Minecraft and the Wii U? What did you think I was talking about, Socialism in the good ‘ole U.S., of A? Pfft. Keep dreaming, this isn’t Lenin-era Russia.

Nevertheless, Minecraft on the Wii U could be a huge thing… if only someone would port the darn thing to the little Wii U that could.

Well, hopes don’t need to be dashed because the cries of the few could become the cheers of the many. Nintendo Enthusiast picked up quotes from a recent interview that Kotaku conducted with legendary Nintendo game developers, Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi.

So what did they say? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Miyamoto stated that…

“I haven’t played it myself, but I have heard quite a bit about it,”…”I think Takahashi knows more about it than I do. But I like that style of game, and I look at Mario Maker as being something in a similar vein. Our hardware is the only hardware that you can do both the touch control and stick control. Maybe we’re meeting with them! Who knows?”

Well, someone knows… or at least, he knows what they need to do. Shinya Takahashi had a more clear and focused idea of what he expects from Minecraft on the Wii U, eagerly stating that…

“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.”

This could be pretty big news for Nintendo if they decide to capitalize on it. For now, the company seems to be resting on their laurels following a rocket-busting release from Mario Kart 8 at the end of May.

Even still, adding Minecraft to the line-up of Wii U titles before 2015 gets here would be huge for the Big ‘N’, and even more than that – just as Takahashi points out – this could make Minecraft big in Japan… not that it takes much to look big in Japan… just saying.