Nintendo executives said during a recent interview that they’ve been thinking about bringing Minecraft to Nintendo’s devices, and that the popular crafting game would be a good fit for the 3DS and Wii U.

Speaking with Kotaku, Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi, heads of Nintendo’s internal development teams, spoke about how the touch control of the Wii U Gamepad and the 3DS would allow Minecraft to reach an even wider audience:

We’ve always thought internally that using the GamePad would probably make for a Minecraft that’s very easy to play. And, of course, if we were to do something with Minecraft on the 3DS, similarly we would probably do it where it would be easier to play and could probably reach a lot of kids.

The executives went on to explain that Minecraft is not as popular in Japan as it is in the west, meaning there is an opportunity in that region:

What’s interesting is that, in Japan, Minecraft is not popular in the way it is in the U.S. and Europe, so we’ve also thought that, if we were able to do a partnership like that, it might bring opportunity to help make Minecraft more popular in Japan.

There were rumors last year that Minecraft was heading to the Wii U. These were later debunked, although Minecraft’s Markus ‘Notch’ Persson clarified at the time that he was a fan of Nintendo, and that a Wii U version would make sense. So a future release is certainly a possibility if both parties are interested.

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