The Minecraft team is celebrating some big numbers today: Over 122 million copies of the game have been sold and over 55 million players take part in the game on any given month. Those are impressive stats no matter who you are and definitely worthy of a self-congratulatory back slap.
A team calling itself Phoenix Projects has set itself an ambitious task in creating a fully-featured Pokemon experience within Minecraft. Called "Pokemon Cobalt and Amethyst", the single-player map will feature over a hundred Pokemon, a Pokemon League, gyms and trainer fights.
Minecraft fans will be pleased to hear that the boxed version of Minecraft for Wii U is now available in stores in the United States. Retailing for $29.99, this retail version comes with all of the add-on content packs in the Nintendo eShop version of the game including the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack that brings everyone's favorite Nintendo character into the game.
Wii U players with Minecraft installed will be able to get hold of the Super Mario update when it is released on May 17th. Players will be able to take on appropriately blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones in a place where worlds collide. In addition, a series of skins, Super Mario-themed pre-made world, music and item textures will be included.
Minecraft will be released in a new edition beginning this summer. Called MinecraftEdu, the special version of the game hopes to inspire creativity, collaboration and problem-solving in students around the world. Educators will be able to try out a free trial this summer and then enjoy the first year of MinecraftEdu at no cost.
Fans of Minecraft will be pleased to hear that Mojang's juggernaut building game will be heading to Wii U beginning December 17th. Players will enjoy six included add on packs and have the opportunity to purchase others from within the game. In addition, Minecraft Wii U edition will feature "off screen" play.
A day after the announcement of Microsoft's buyout of Minecraft's development studio, Mojang, the studio's founder Markus "Notch" Persson has posted a farewell letter to fans of the wildly popular title.
Minecraft founder Notch has officially confirmed last week's rumor that Microsoft would be purchasing the game's development studio, Mojang, for a whopping $2.5 billion. Microsoft's Phil Spencer, head of the XBox division, made a statement as well.
According to Venture Beat, there is a new rumor floating around that indicates that Microsoft may be lining up to purchase Minecraft development studio Mojang for two billion dollars. That's right, two BILLION dollars. The Wall Street Journal, a usually reliable font of information, is the identified source of the rumor. Venture Beat is working to confirm the rumor and we will be sure to keep you posted.