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New Nintendo 3DS

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Latest version



Digital - eShop
NA: September 13, 2017
JP: September 14, 2017
EU/AUS/NZ: September 20, 2018
Physical Release
NA: November 10, 2017[3]


500 MB



Source available



Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition is the version of Minecraft developed by Other Ocean Interactive and Mojang AB for the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, and New Nintendo 2DS XL but not the original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, or Nintendo 3DS XL. It was released for the Nintendo eShop simultaneously in North America and Japan on September 13, 2017,[11][12] hours after its announcement during a Nintendo Direct. The game was finally released worldwide on September 20, 2018, one year and seven days after the original release.[13]

Although the initial release was a fork of Pocket Edition Alpha 0.15.4,[11] it has several additions, tweaks, and missing features compared to that version, and is being developed specifically for the New Nintendo 3DS separately from Bedrock Edition. It has no relation to Legacy Console Edition.

As of now, the game is somewhat similar to Pocket Edition 1.0.9, because of the addition of The End and the polar bear. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition runs at 60 FPS (frames per second) in standard worlds, and the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world runs at 30 FPS, with an increase in render distance in the Nether. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition will not make its way to the Better Together Update and won't receive the Update Aquatic at this moment.


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

  • Support for stereoscopic 3D on New 3DS systems was allegedly planned for a future update as of September 2017, but as of December 2018 it is still unavailable.[14]
  • New Nintendo 3DS Edition lacks online multiplayer. Local ad-hoc multiplayer was added in update 1.4.[11]
  • World types are Default and Flat. World sizes are Small (672×672), Medium (1344×1344), and Large (2016×2016). The size of a world cannot be changed once it is created. The ratio of The Nether to The Overworld is 1:3.
  • Although the height limit is only 128 blocks, worlds can be larger than the Classic and Small world types from Legacy Console Edition.
  • There is a mob cap that is much stricter than Legacy Console Edition: only 24 enemies, 24 animals, 16 squid, and 16 villagers can exist at one time. However, there is no cap on experience orbs, so it is possible to intentionally crash the game by throwing too many bottles o' enchanting.
  • Instead of including the map item, the map and the player's coordinates are displayed on the Touch Screen. The Touch Screen is also used for inventory management and crafting.

Store content[edit]

New Nintendo 3DS Edition includes six skin packs (including Super Mario):

  • Standard, Biome Settlers Pack 1
  • Biome Settlers Pack 2
  • Redstone Specialists
  • Journey to the West
  • Holiday Skin Pack 2015

In addition, there are 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
  • Villans
  • Strangers - Biome Settelers 3
  • Moana
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Magic: The Gatherings
  • Halloween Costume

There are three texture packs included with the game:

  • Minecraft (default)
  • City
  • Plastic

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

  • Cartoon
  • Fantasy
  • Candy
  • Natural
  • Steampunk

There are currently two Mash-Up Pack available:

  • Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (free)
  • Holiday Mash-up Pack 2016


  • Along with the other editions of Minecraft for Nintendo platforms, New Nintendo 3DS Edition is the most expensive edition of Minecraft, as it is only sold bundled with several add-on packs.
  • The game stores the save file in extra data on the microSD rather than as Save Data.
    • The reason this was done may be because Minecraft has larger save files than many 3DS games.
  • The max world size for this edition of the game is 2016×2016, which is larger than Wii U Edition's world size which is 864×864 despite being much weaker compared to the Wii U.
    • This may be because extra data is not subject to the same limits as save data.
    • The Pocket Edition has a physically smaller world size in megabytes than Legacy Console Edition, which allows them to have larger size worlds.
  • The internal names for this game were "Proteus" and "Silverfish".
  • This edition includes 20 platform-specific splash texts.[15]
    • 10 were selected by an Other Ocean engineer who "(hopes) fans find them".[16]
    • Of the remaining 10, they are:[17]
      • "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 is not slanted and above the logo.
  • v1.8.13 for this edition was over 4,000 blocks big in total (blocks are the spaces on the microSD/SD card for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems)

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