Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition is a pretty decent, although slightly watered down, port of the 2009 blockbuster hit. It certainly isn’t the best Minecraft port to date, especially when the game is available at a cheaper price on consoles with more power, but it is worth trying if you’re new to the franchise or completed addicted to it.
One noticeable thing in this version of Minecraft is the lack of visual beauty, not to mention the missing implementation of 3D while playing on the New Nintendo 3DS handheld. Blocks and enemy textures are noticeably bad, but this shouldn’t be a big deal if pretty textures and amazing visuals are not your thing. Even though I disliked the visual appearance of Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition, I was never disenchanted by the games poorly crafted aesthetic, nor did the immersion dissipate from the ever-so addicting gameplay.
Building and crafting with blocks, whether you’re making houses, towers or something in-between, is still very much the same on the 3DS version of Minecraft as it has been for years on other platforms. Controlling Steve on the New Nintendo 3DS is intuitive if you’ve played other versions of the game, and it’s worth mentioning that movement and viewing the landscape is easily done with the New Nintendo 3DS C-Stick. The beauty of playing Minecraft on the New Nintendo 3DS, however, can be found on the handheld’s bottom screen, which displays your inventory and coordinates of your location. This simply creates an awareness of your in-game items, and also allows you to be mindful of the ones you need, plus you can easily find your way back home should you write down its location.
Unlike other platforms, Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition lacks community support, with no hint or mention by either Microsoft or Nintendo of cooperative play in the near future. This means it’s only you and Steve, along with your creativity, to fuel the aspiration for building, crafting and mining. Playing Minecraft alone, as it has been in the past, is fine to do on the New Nintendo 3DS, but playing alongside with friends would have been preferred and would likely further inspire creative designs as well.
Although leeching off the ideas of others is non-existent in Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition, lots of creative ideas can be found in the five included skin packs and two texture packs. The included texture and skin packs supply you with a good amount of items, enough to let your mind run wild, but there could always be more.
For the most part, Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition is more Minecraft but now on a Nintendo 3DS handheld. It seems to exist mostly for those who are new to the franchise, or for those interested in buying an additional copy for traveling long distances or while in transit. Should you wish to purchase an additional copy, however, you’ll be happy to know the New Nintendo 3DS version will allow you to build, craft, and destroy the environment just like its home console counterparts. The only downfall, however, is you’re not able to share creative designs with friends or with the Minecraft community.