If you love Microsoft’s smash-hit block-building game Minecraft, and you love being able to play games wherever you are, not just on your PC, you’ll be excited to know that there is a version for Nintendo Switch.
The game exceeds expectations, and in so doing, it shows off what's so great about both Minecraft, and about the Nintendo Switch itself.
The actual experience of playing Minecraft is exactly the same here as it is on other versions.
In Survival Mode, you begin alone and unarmed, and are challenged to craft tools and weapons in a blocky, charmingly pixelated world. In Creative Mode, you’re freed from the shackles of responsibility, and can zip around the world using the game’s amazingly intuitive interface to build massive structures limited by your imagination.
This version’s sole twist is a Nintendo-exclusive “Mario Mash-Up Pack,” which optionally lets you play as various Super Mario characters, while also giving a Mario-style makeover to the game’s items, buildings, and enemies. If you happened to play the Wii U version of Minecraft, it’s the exact same here as it was there.
It’s a fun addition, but not game-changing (so to speak). If you’ve ever played Minecraft before, and you should, you know what you're getting. One thing to note is that the game’s graphics get just a little worse when the console is in its portable mode, with the distance you can see noticeably diminished. That’s a quibble, though.
The real beauty of this version of Minecraft comes in the unique stuff that the Switch brings to the table. If you don’t love playing games on your phone becuase of the touchscreen controls, this portable version that supports the Switch’s trademark Joy-Con controllers, thumbsticks and all, is a welcome blessing. You might find yourself playing the game more, and for longer sessions, than with other versions of the game.
Possibly the best part, though, is that, like the Xbox and PlayStation versions of the game, the Minecraft Switch edition supports a split-screen multiplayer with up to four players, so long as the console is plugged into the TV.
When the Switch isn’t plugged into the TV, though, you still keep the power to have two local players. The caveat is that Minecraft: Switch Edition doesn't support the Switch’s nifty method for turning one of its Joy-Con controllers into two, meaning you’ll need a full two controllers to take advantage. That part is a bummer.
Still, it proves two things. First, Nintendo’s boasts of the Switch as a social console are well-deserved. Whether it’s attached to the TV, or in your backpack on a trip, the Switch really does let you have fun solo or with friends.
Second, Minecraft is really an extraordinary game. It’s incredibly flexible, and is equally as fun on phones, consoles, and PCs. It’s no wonder that the game has had such staying power when it’s so easy to get started everywhere the game plays. And when Switch players of Minecraft get the ability to join their Xbox brethren later this year, you can expect the fun to get cranked up to 11.
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