There is no official way to play the game "Minecraft" on the Nintendo 3DS, as of 2015. Nintendo and Mojang, the developer of "Minecraft," have no official plans to create a version of the game for the handheld console. However, versions are available for other video game consoles.
"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.
Its initial release was only compatible with Windows computers, but over time other versions became available for home video game consoles, such as the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Despite talks between Mojang and Nintendo, neither company have plans to release the game on the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. There is a fan bootleg of the game in progress that runs on the system. Neither Nintendo nor Mojang endorse this game or the process used to create it.