“With so many included add-on content packs, Minecraft: Wii U Edition brings an exciting collection ofMinecraft content and experiences to Nintendo fans”, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement.

Priced at $29.99, it will feature off-TV play for the GamePad, meaning it can be played on the controller as well as on the TV screen.

At long last, Mojang’s sandbox juggernaut Minecraft will launch for Nintendo’s Wii U, after the Japanese giant confirmed that the port will hit the home console on December 17 packing a raft of add-on content. Free updates will also be released further down the road.

However, until now Nintendo fans were missing out as there was no word regarding the game’s arrival on Wii U or 3DS.

The news comes after Mojang developer Jens Bergensten in early 2013 said a version of Minecraft for the Wii U would be “very unlikely”. More details about the Wii U version will be announced in the lead-up to its release on December 17. Nintendo will sell an additional 16 add-on packs at launch, including various Star Wars-themed ones.

The Wii U edition has been inevitable for some time, especially since the game was rated by PEGI back in November.

While Microsoft has direct ownership of the Minecraft franchise, in addition to its own Xbox One and Xbox 360, it continues to support development on rival platforms, including PlayStation 4, PS3, iOS, Android, and now the Wii U. “You can have significant amounts of fun playing Minecraft without spending extra cash”.