Minecraft is a game for the Wii U originally made by Mojang and released on December 17, 2015. This version is similar to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 version. A Nintendo Switch (which was more similar to the PS4 and Xbox One versions) and New Nintendo 3DS version were also released in 2017. Only the Nintendo Switch version will support cross-play with other platforms.
Your goal is to gather resources and craft items to survive and to eventually kill the Ender Dragon. Another mode, called Hardcore, is similar to Survival Mode except once a player dies, they lose access to that world.
Players have access to all the items in the game and can fly. They are free to create whatever they want in the limits of the world.
Initially, the Wii U version lagged behind the other console versions but, they eventually caught it up. However, The Aquatic Update, releasing by June 2018 will be the last major update for the Wii U version. The game will still support online play but, it will no longer get the feature updates the Switch version will get.
Better Together Update
At E3 2017, Microsoft announced the Better Together update which will link users on the Windows 10 version, Xbox One, Mobile, Gear VR edition and Nintendo Switch, allowing cross-system purchases and cross-system play using Microsoft accounts. This update also brings an updated graphics engine which allows the new Super Duper Graphics Pack. All skins including the Halo Mash-Up: Minecraft Evolved skins will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch version as a result of these updates. The update will release in June 2018 alongside the retail edition.
The Wii U Edition (alongside the Nintendo Switch Edition) is the most expensive edition of Minecraft to date, at $29.99.
The New Nintendo 3DS version is effectively the weakest hardware Minecraft has ever ran on