That’s it for Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita and Wii U

That’s it for Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita and Wii U. The final update – the Nightmare Before Christmas Mash-Up pack – has been released.

It’s the end of an era, particularly for the Xbox 360 version, which was the first console version of Minecraft to appear, way back in May 2012 (PlayStation 3 got Minecraft in December 2013, PS Vita in October 2014, and Wii U in December 2015).

There have been more than 21 million Xbox 360 Minecraft players since then, developer 4J Studios said on Twitter, and 73 Title Updates. And now, of course, Xbox-maker Microsoft owns Minecraft, having splashed $2.5 billion on the deal in autumn 2014.

We’d been expecting updates on older consoles to come to an end, mind you. Earlier this year, Microsoft said Update Aquatic would be the last big update for those machines. “The older generation of consoles now make up less than five per cent of our active players,” Microsoft explained at the time, “so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most.”

Nevertheless the team at 4J, which owes so much success to the console versions of Minecraft – imagine being in the meeting all those years ago when 4J signed the contract to do the Xbox 360 port – is in a nostalgic mood on Twitter, so if you have any good stories from your time playing the game on those old machines, do share.

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