How Do You Play "Minecraft" on Nintendo 3DS?


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“Minecraft” does not have an official release for the Nintendo 3DS as of July 2015. While the heads of Nintendo’s development team have expressed an interest in the franchise, a version is not in development. “Minecraft” developers are focusing on mobile, Xbox, Playstation and PC versions of the game.

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"Minecraft" is a three-dimensional open-world video game that allows players to explore and interact with various constructs and creatures within a virtual space. Its core gameplay elements consist of breaking down blocks in the world to collect their resources and crafting new items from those components. It offers both a single-player experience as well as multiplayer modes, with the ability to modify the PC version of the game to include new visuals, items and gameplay modes. Such modifications are not available on the console versions.

Conflicting information was distributed on the Internet about a Nintendo 3DS release of “Minecraft.” This was due to the controls of the Wii U and portability of the 3DS, which fans of the series speculated would be a good fit for the series. Nintendo officials Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi have agreed that the franchise would be a good fit for their platforms and fits with their target demographic. Mojang, the company that developed the game, has stated that their distribution needs have already been met.

As of 2015, "Minecraft" is available for several different devices, including PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. A special Pocket Edition is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phones. Because the company has versions of the game already available on several portable devices and home gaming consoles, a future release for the Nintendo 3DS system seems unlikely.

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