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Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
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Developer

4J Studios
Microsoft Studios [1]

Publisher

Mojang AB [1]

Platform

Nintendo Switch

Release Date

eShop: May 11, 2017 (NA)
May 12, 2017 (EU/JP)
Retail Cartridge: TBA

Price

$29.99 USD
£19.99 GBP

Game Modes

Single-Player, Multiplayer (up to 4 players local and 8 players online)

Rating(s)

ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is a console version of Minecraft developed by 4J Studios Ltd. and Microsoft Studios, and published by Mojang for the Nintendo Switch. While a clip of the game was seen during the Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo on January 12, 2017; the game wasn't officially announced until April 12 during a Nintendo Direct. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was released in digital format on May 11, 2017 in North America at a price of $29.99 USD, and on May 12, 2017 in Europe at a price of £19.99 GBP. The game, just like Minecraft: Wii U Edition, was released as a bundle which includes various Texture and Mash-Up Packs, along with various Skin Packs. The retail version of the game will be released at a later date.[2]

Technical Features and Game Modes

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition supports up four players in Split Screen Multiplayer Mode, eight players in Local Wireless Mode where up to eight Nintendo Switch consoles can be connected for local multiplayer game play, and up to eight player in Online Multiplayer Mode. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch's styles of play. The game can be played on TV mode, Table Top, and Handheld modes. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition runs at 60fps and 1080p resolution (previously 720p) in TV Mode, and 720p in handheld, and table top modes. All game modes also run at the respective resolutions and performance (single player and multiplayer local, wireless, and online).[3]

The game supports the Nintendo Switch's touchscreen when in Table Top/Handheld modes in similar fashion Minecraft: Wii U Edition supported the GamePad's touchscreen. A player can navigate all in-game menus, make selections of all options in the menu including slider bars, select items from the "hotbar" (HUD item bar), and scrolling and navigating the in-game crafting menus. However, just like with its Wii U counterpart, the game does not allow for direct item selection of the inventory screen through the touchscreen. In order to manage the inventory through the touchscreen, a player must hover the cursor over the item with the controller stick as if it were a PC mouse, then manage the inventory on the touchscreen with the commands buttons on the bottom on the screen.

Mini Games

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition currently has two Mini Games, Battle and Tumble.

Battle

Just as with its other console counterparts, the Battle Mini Game pits up to eight players online against each other in a frantic melee to the last player standing. This mode was inspired by the mode "Hunger Games" featured in Minecraft for PC. Currently, Battle Mini Game features three basic arenas: Crucible, Cove, and Cavern. More arenas are expected to be released in the near future.

Tumble

Tumble is a Minecraft: Console Edition mode inspired by Spleef mode featured in Minecraft for PC. Just as in Battle, Tumble pits up to eight players online against each other. Tumble features two modes: Shovel and Snowball. The object of the game is to knock down players from the floating platform into the lava below by destroying blocks from the platforms by using snowballs or shovels.  The first player to win "two out of three" rounds wins. Players can vote before each match on whether they want to use only shovels or snowballs.

Software Bundle and Downloadable Content

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition includes various Texture and Mash-Up Packs, along with various Skin Packs. Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, the main Mash-Up Pack included in the game, is the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. This mash-up pack features 15 racks from Super Mario 64 and 40 character skins from Mario's universe.[4] Here is a list of all the DLC included in the game and available for purchase through the Nintendo eShop:

Mash-Up Packs:

  • Chinese Mythology
  • Festive World (Included)
  • Greek Mythology
  • Halloween
  • Super Mario (included)

Texture Packs:

  • Candy
  • Cartoon
  • City (included)
  • Classic (included)
  • Fantasy (included)
  • Natural (included)
  • Pattern
  • Plastic
  • Steampunk

Skin Packs:

  • Battle and Beasts 1 and 2 (included)
  • Biome Settlers
  • Festive
  • Redstone Specialists

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/minecraft-switch-edition - Minecraft on the Nintendo Website
  2. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-launches-switch-may minecraft.net - Nintendo Switch Edition
  3. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-launches-nintendo-switch
  4. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-launches-nintendo-switch

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