Minecraft Wii U Edition has only been around since Dec. 17, 2015 but it has already overtaken Splatoon, one of the hottest shooting games on the gaming console. In Japan alone, Minecraft Wii U Edition has already been purchased and downloaded more than 77,000 times in less than a month since its release, proof that Minecraft has a huge following.

Minecraft's success in the eShop may have to do with the fact that it is not yet available in retail stores, whereas Splatoon is available in both the eShop and in retail stores worldwide. Still, it cannot be denied that Minecraft's numbers rose quickly.

In the first 18 days alone of Minecraft's release, the Wii U saw 77,233 downloads. Splatoon had 58,000 digital sales in the first four weeks and a total of 368,000 sales when combined with retail. 

As it stands, however, Mojang's Minecraft has taken the spot as Japan's best-selling game in the Wii U eShop to date. Still, the record is hardly a surprise considering Minecraft's popularity even before it branched out to other consoles.

Minecraft, just as its name says, is a game which allows players to craft items and even their own worlds using items they mine in the game. Players can choose to immerse themselves in building worlds or try their luck in survival mode.

"Explore randomly-generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off the dangerous mobs," the description reads.

The Wii U version of Minecraft can accommodate up to four players in split-screen mode and up to eight players when played online. It is also available to play in 12 languages which players can choose via the in-game language selection function.

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