I read your post a couple of days ago in attempt to solve the exact same issue you were having. The timing of when your mutiplayer just decided to quit working out of nowhere along with the frustrations you voiced in regards to attempting to fix the problems...it was almost as if you had been speaking my mind. I tried all the things you have tried to troubleshoot the issue and nothing.
Why was Minecraft mutiplayer not working? Afterall, this is why I bought the Wii U version, for local multiplayer, ny kids absolutely love this game and playing together split screen...often I even jump in with them as a 3rd player and we will play shovels for hours! Or build obstacle courses in creative mode to challenge each other...and so much more!
But now the fun had abruptly halted.
Upon powering up the Wii U one day and loading up Minecraft, just like we had done any other day, this time though only one player could play, with either the wiipad or with any one of our 3 pro controllers but never more than one player no matter what remedy I tried applying.
You were the only other person that I could find across the entire web that was experiencing what I was and it seemed to happen at the exact same time.
Because of your post, and what you had said about how there should be detailed instructions that assist in successfully starting a local multiplayer match up on Minecraft Wii U edition.
From there I searched for just that and all I found was all the same articles, all explaining how easy it was to join 2, 3 or even up to a 4th player splitscreen. And yes, it always was super easy to do.
But it was an article that I eventually ran into that provided all the same information, simple steps--stating to make sure to use Wii U Pro Pad(s) only (of course in conjunction with Wii U Pad), making sure you click icon in bottom right of Wii U Pad screen which turns off display on the Wii U Pad...yadda, yadda, yadda... this was all understood already and none of it was working. But the article continued and went into further depth about hardware, and in this case, the only interchangable hardware with this setup was the television in which you played on...
I knew Minecraft Local multiplayer mode for the wii u required a connection of 720p or higher to the television and my TV was 1080p capable and was linked up to the Wii U through HDMI cable. And this article delve no deeper than this as far as resolution, TV type, and connection had been concerned. My Wii U setup always met these requirements and still had been, nothing for me had changed with my hardware. At this point though, no stone was to be left unturned.
#1) Did you by chance change the T.V. your Wii U is connected too? If so, Is it a digital t.v. with a minimum resolution of 720p? Are you linked up via HDMI cable or A/V Hook ups (red,white,yellow--I am pretty sure local multiplayer should work with either connection but it might be just HDMI that allows local multiplayer on Minecraft Wii U edition ro function properly) Either way, it sounds as if you had not changed anything, which was also the same case for me.
#2) Check t.v settings. There could be something in the video section, aspect ratio or resolution listed within the menu of your tv. See if anything, any setting inhibits your television from outputing its highest resolution, perhaps it was set on a lower resolution and if so, if that resolution was at all lower tha 720p, local multiplayer will be impossible play.
and for my EUREKA moment! My t.v had no such setting to be able to change resolution quality. But what about the hardware at the other end of the HDMI Cable?! What about the Wii U? I thought it had to be this. Ive tried absolutely everything else!
#3) CHECK WII U SETTINGS--not Minecraft game setting, but before you load the game, any game, on the Wii U Home page, click the thumbnail if the Wrench that will bring you to that super colorful, never ending list of options/settings/tools that you can scroll through at the bottom of the screen from left to right, or just simply use the touch screen to tap the picture of the menu of your choosing. In this case, if nothing else has worked to get local multiplayer working for you yet, find the setting menu that pertains to resolution....I think it may be called, "T.V. and Resolution", and go into that menu. It will ask you to set your t.v. at the proper resolution (the Wii U will usually sense the televisions capability through HDMI connection, in which case, mine should have been set to 1080p.
The setting was fixed at 480p! My 3 year old must of been really busy because along with degrading the television to about half its potential, it seemed he went on a frenzy creating new folders, all of which were different colors and all with very unique labels that, when I attempted to read, my tongue cramped up and surrendered as pronunciation had no place in any of the titles of all these new folders...
I saw the folders days ago and shook my head and laughed never thinking twice that my 3 year old would venture into the tools menu...
Anyway, I switched the Wii u setting from 480p to 1080p and the next time I attempted to play local multiplayer with my lil ones, it worked liked a charm, as it always did in the past...I was relieved. And DerekGamer, I almost gave up trying to figure out what in the heck was going on here but you pushed me to dig deeper. Thank you!
I hope you have already solved the issue for yourself and your family. If not, give the above 3 troubleshooting tips a try, one of them could very well get you back into the world of splitscreen Minecraft in no time! These are often overlooked reasons that blocked features in other games as well, but, as it was, so far and few between, we dont often hear about it as it usually was not the solution.
Please let me know how you got it going again. Good luck to you Derek!
All right, first off, I just want to commemorate you on your detailed reply. You are few and far between.... thank you!!!
In the corporate world being wordy generally leads to unread emails, so I was leaving out some details of my own post in the hope I wouldn't overwhelm those that actually did read through it. But I thoroughly enjoyed your story after the aggravations of my own.
I just returned to this post tonight on a whim, I had already past the threshold and just told the kids it was no longer going to be a multiplayer game, and then the wife and I talked Nintendo down in a side conversation.
Like you, I had done the internet searches and just kept finding the same simple steps. Not once did any instruction mention TV resolution settings on the Wii U itself. I never thought to check there since it had worked previously, and we probably configured the Wii U one time upon startup 3 years ago.
My children are 6 and 4. After the fix I brought them into the room to view the TV resolution screen to see if they remembered going into TV settings, whether on purpose or by accident. Neither of them had seen that screen before. Is it possible that maybe one of them rolled on the controller one night? Yea, its certainly possible, I can't eliminate something like that. But I find it interesting that both of our systems were set to 480, down from 1080p. In my case we had recently purchased a new TV but the kids had already played multi-player on it so I know the Wii U wasn't initially set to that low resolution.
I'd be interested to hear from others just to see if, within their Wii U settings, the resolution has been adjusted from 1080p down to 480. Possibly caused by an update? Just a thought.
WiiFamily22, I have other questions about this game but I'm not sure this is the place to post. i.e. Have you ever used the chat feature? Not sure I want to expose the kids to it but we have family whom also have this game and it would be a sweet feature.
Thank you again, and please feel free to add us! Wii U Name: SchroederDS.
I don't believe my son uses the chat feature but I do know he has other friends that added him from these forums. I know one day my wife walked in and saw some other character just destroying his building and he says, "Oh yea that just my friend, he's on a rampage right now... yeah, he's on a rampage" LOL.... so I guess I'd say he's a pretty chill player.