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This edition is no longer updated, but can still be purchased physically.


Box art by Mojang Studios

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition was the edition of Minecraft developed by Other Ocean Interactive and Mojang Studios for the New Nintendo 3DS/2DS systems, but was not compatible with the original Nintendo 3DS/2DS systems. It was released digitally on the Nintendo eShop simultaneously in North America and Japan on September 13, 2017,[9][10] hours after its announcement during a Nintendo Direct, and physically in North America on November 10, 2017.[2] The game was digitally released worldwide on September 20, 2018, one year and seven days after the original release.[11] Updates for this version were discontinued with 1.9.19 on January 15, 2019.[12] Due to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U no longer allowing the purchasing of titles as of March 2023, this game can no longer be purchased on the Nintendo eShop. Users who previously purchased it are still able to download it.

As of 1.9.19, the New Nintendo 3DS Edition has not received new feature updates, such as the Update Aquatic, Village & Pillage, Buzzy Bees, the Nether Update, and so on.

The New Nintendo 3DS Edition's most recent feature update is the World of Color Update.


The New Nintendo 3DS Edition had the following differences from other editions:

  • New Nintendo 3DS Edition lacked online multiplayer. Local ad-hoc multiplayer was added in update 1.4.[9]
  • World types were "Default" and "Flat." Default world sizes were Small (672×672), Medium (1344×1344), and Large (2016×2016). The size of a world wasn’t able to be changed once it was created. The ratio of the Nether to the Overworld is 1:3.
  • Although the height limit was only 128 blocks, worlds could be larger than the Small world type from Legacy Console Edition.
  • There was a mob cap that was much stricter than Legacy Console Edition, where a maximum of 24 enemies, 24 animals, 16 squid, and 16 villagers could exist at one time. However, there was initially no cap on experience orbs, so it was possible to crash the game by throwing too many bottles o' enchanting. This was fixed in update 1.1.
  • Instead of including the map item, the map and the player's coordinates were displayed on the Touch Screen. Due to this, it was impossible to map The Nether in this version. The touch screen was also used for inventory management and crafting. The Woodland Mansion and Ocean Monument maps from update 1.9 were the only map items in the New Nintendo 3DS Edition. They did not display the map in the player’s hand, but rather is held in the hotbar, and was displayed on the map in the touch screen.
  • New Nintendo 3DS Edition targeted 60 frames per second in standard worlds and 30 frames per second in Mash-up worlds.

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New Nintendo 3DS Edition included seven skin packs:

  • Standard
  • Biome Settlers Pack 1
  • Biome Settlers Pack 2
  • Redstone Specialists
  • Journey to the West
  • Holiday Skin Pack 2015
  • Super Mario Mash-up

In addition, there were more skin packs available for purchase in the in-game store:

  • Campfire Tales
  • City Folk
  • Town Folk
  • Battle & Beasts
  • Star Wars Classic
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Stranger Things
  • Star Wars Prequel
  • Villains
  • Strangers - Biome Settlers 3
  • Moana
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Halloween Costume

There were four texture packs included with the game:

  • Minecraft (default)
  • City
  • Plastic
  • Super Mario Mash-up

In addition, there were more texture packs available for purchase from the in-game store:

  • Cartoon
  • Fantasy
  • Candy
  • Natural
  • Steampunk

There was one mash-up included with the game:

  • Super Mario Mash-up

In addition, there was one more mash-up available for purchase from the in-game store:

  • Festive Mash-up 2016


  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition was the fourth version of Minecraft which allowed players to play together without an Internet connection with one person per system, using the Local Play feature on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Java, Bedrock, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U editions all needed an Internet connection for multiplayer to work with multiple systems, while the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch editions had an additional option to toggle local multiplayer via the main menu.
    • New Nintendo 3DS Edition was the only edition that didn't support 4-player multiplayer. It supported 2-player local multiplayer, but didn't use the Download Play app, meaning each person needed a copy of the New Nintendo 3DS Edition.
  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition was one of the most short-lived versions of Minecraft, lasting 1 year, 4 months, and 3 days in NA & JP, or just 3 months, and 27 days in Europe/AU/NZ, before receiving its final update on January 15th, 2019.
  • Exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS Edition, the original stonecutter could be found in the Creative inventory. Its only purpose was decoration.
  • Also exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS Edition, the totem of undying was able to be put in any hotbar slot to activate it, due to the lack of a off-hand slot in this version.
  • Firework rockets were absent from the New Nintendo 3DS Edition, meaning it was impossible to boost elytra flight using firework rockets in this version.
  • It was stated that the New Nintendo 3DS Edition "will have 3D support in a future update", however the game never received the feature.[13]
  • Along with the other editions of Minecraft for Nintendo platforms, the New Nintendo 3DS Edition was the most expensive edition of Minecraft, as it is only sold bundled with several add-on packs.
  • For both digital and physical versions, the game's save file was stored in "Extra Data" on the system's microSD card rather than as "Save Data" in the system's memory or on the Game Card.
  • Despite being significantly less powerful than the Wii U, the max world size for the New Nintendo 3DS Edition was 2016×2016, which was larger than the Wii U Edition's world size of 864×864.
  • The internal name for this game was "Proteus".
  • This edition included 20 platform-specific splash texts.[14]
    • 10 were selected by an Other Ocean engineer who "(hopes) fans find them".[15]
    • Of the remaining 10, they were:[16]
      • "Coffee! Coffee now!"
      • "Don't be that guy!"
      • "Go to sleep! Go to sleep! It's time to go to sleep!"
      • "Generate me a force field with that computer and a microwave!"
      • "Ah, another visitor!"
      • "Rise from your grave!"
      • "What are you selling?"
      • "Rob is jarig!"
      • "Don, bear near?"
      • "Don't awoo!"
  • This is the only edition of the game wherein the splash text was not slanted and above the logo.
  • The Festive Mash-up was the only Mash-up available for download on the in-game store.
  • The game, unlike Legacy Console Edition, was based off of Pocket Edition, where as the Legacy Console Edition was more based off of Java Edition.
  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition did not get a physical release outside of North America.



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