Ever since its release Minecraft has been ported to almost every platform imagined, so naturally, it would eventually come to the Nintendo 3DS. After so many versions the New Nintendo 3DS version of the game checks all the boxes for an adequate Minecraft experience. It gives the player everything they need to craft whatever they please within the world around them. However, compared to other versions of the popular building simulator it contains the bare minimum.

Big Ambition

The New Nintendo 3DS successfully brings the entire world of Minecraft to the Nintendo 3DS at a cost. This version of Minecraft suffers greatly from draw distance due to the system’s limitation. Most of the map is covered in a dense fog and only appears when you get closer. This meant keeping my map close at hand at all times or risk getting lost in the void. Graphically the game is servable considering the system’s limitations. I never encountered all slowdown or crashing.

Great Use of the New 3DS Hardware

The interface for the New 3DS version is the best addition. Utilizing the system’s touchpad players can navigate the interface to organize items and craft. However, vexingly you cannot quick store items unless the entire row of storage is empty. This seems like a minor issue but when you’re trying to store all your gathered materials quickly and head back into the world this little hiccup can become frustrating.

Saving is another issue in the 3DS version. The game alerts you periodically when a Quick Save is about to happen and when it does the entire game stops. Given the hardware I was playing on this was expected. Thankfully saving is quick so these brief interruptions were quick.

Considering this is a 3DS game you would’ve assumed that the 3D function would’ve been included. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Granted this novelty hasn’t been a demanded feature for much of the gaming community but given the console, I was playing it would’ve been a nice addition.

Harder to Handle

Controls for the New Nintendo 3DS version require some time and practice. Movement is limited to the right analog stick and direction to the left. The shoulder buttons allow you to perform actions such as mining so you can move without issue. As you might expect jumping proved to be an issue as the right analog stick would get in the way. I attempted to experiment with the auto-jump, which worked well, but at the same time was problematic when cautiously exploring a cave.

Considering that this was a Nintendo port I was expecting skins from the Switch version to be included. However, the Biome Settlers Packs 1 and 2, Redstone Specialists, Journey to the West, and the Holiday Skin Pack from 2015 are the only skins available. Perhaps they’ll be added in a later update but as a Nintendo port of the game it’s strange they’re not included.


Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS is a great accomplishment and provides a standard Minecraft experience for the go. But considering the options available it’s also the last choice if you’re looking for the best variant. I appreciate when the developers included in this small port of Minecraft but considering the game’s $29.99 price tag it isn’t worth it.

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
The Pros
  • It's Minecraft
  • Great Interface
  • Easy to Craft
The Cons
  • Draw Distance
  • No Nintendo Skins
  • Bare Minimum
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Adam S
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Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GamerAssaultWeekly with over 5 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.