Minecraft For New 3DS Announced, And You Can Download It Now

Minecraft on 3DS is exclusive New 3DS and New 2DS systems.

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The incredible popularity of Minecraft has seen it launch for numerous platforms, but despite its sizable install base, the 3DS has not been among them. That changes today, although not everyone with a 3DS will be able to play it.

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition, as it's called, is titled as such because it doesn't work on all platforms in the 3DS family. It's restricted to use on the New 3DS and New 2DS systems, both of which feature more powerful hardware than the standard 3DS and 2DS systems. This version of the game features both the Survival and Creative modes, as well as two control schemes: standard buttons and touch controls. Additionally, it includes special skin and texture packs, which will presumably be the Nintendo-themed ones we've seen on Wii U and Switch.

The game was announced today during the Nintendo Direct presentation. You won't have to wait long to dive in--an Eshop release for the game is coming today. If you'd prefer a physical copy, however, that is coming, but not until some unspecified point in the future.

You can catch up on today's Nintendo Direct announcements with our roundup of all the news and trailers. Minecraft is one of several new things that Switch and 3DS owners can now download.

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Thats genius.

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I already have it for my Switch, so I don't really have a use for it on my N3DS. It's great that they've got it running on it though.

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Okay, i already got minecraft on the xbox one, playstation 3 and the pc. And honestly, the pc version is and always will be the best for several reasons. Like controls and free mods. I doubt the touch controls on the n3ds will be any good. Anyway its safe to say i wont be getting this.

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More New 3DS games please

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Thats genius. Will be great for the holidays.

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I hear they are making a version for the Ouya next.....