'Minecraft: Wii U Edition' releases in North America

'Minecraft: Wii U Edition' for the Nintendo Wii U. 'Minecraft: Wii U Edition' for the Nintendo Wii U. NINTENDO

Better late than never, a physical copy version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition is now available in the U.S.

The newly-launched retail version of the game comes with the same Minecraft add-on content packs included in the Nintendo eShop version of the game on the disk.  This includes the Wii U exclusive Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which adds elements from the Super Mario series to the game.

“Even more Nintendo fans are going to love discovering the worldwide phenomenon of Minecraft on Wii U,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s Vice President of Publisher & Developer Relations. “The retail version ofMinecraft: Wii U Edition is great for any video game fan that wants to get creative and see what the Minecraft phenomenon is all about.”

Since launching in 2011, Minecraft has reportedly sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.  The game places players in a massive randomly generated world, and lets them explore, harvest resources and craft anything their imaginations can conjure.  The Wii U version of Minecraft features Off-TV Play, touch-screen functionality, and online multiplayer.

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