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'Minecraft' is coming to the Wii U on December 17th

After years of waiting, Nintendo gamers are finally getting Mojang's smash hit sandbox game.

While it might feel like Minecraft is available everywhere, gamers have had to look on as the popular franchise launched on every other company's platforms bar Nintendo's. Today, however, we have some good news: after months, nay years, of waiting, the Japanese game maker confirmed the sandbox game is finally coming to the Wii U on December 17th. As expected, Minecraft will come with a multitude of add-on packs, giving budding builders the chance to get festive ahead of Christmas or play with characters from popular movies and TV shows like Star Wars, The Simpsons and Dr Who.

Mojang is also taking advantage of the Wii U's Off-TV Play feature to let players transfer their worlds over to their GamePad controller and allow other members of the family to commandeer control of the TV. When it launches on the Nintendo eShop in North America next week, Minecraft will cost $30 -- there's currently no word on how much it'll set back UK and European gamers.