Minecraft 3DS: This Needs To Happen
Just imagine what the Nintendo community would build if it had a portable version of Mojang's beloved PC hit.
3DS has great momentum, but Nintendo cannot live on Mario and Zelda alone. There needs to be a diverse portfolio of games/franchises from a host of companies, and we feel Minecraft should join this ever growing list.
In case you somehow missed the billion articles and videos dedicated to this game, Minecraft is the smash hit PC/Android/iOS sensation that's captured the imagination of millions. Viewed from the first person, players explore an 8-bit inspired world gathering resources and building things block by block...for hours...painstakingly crafting a variety of cool objects, from a Game Boy that plays Super Mario Land to popular video game characters hundreds of virtual feet high. It's nuts.
To that end, Minecraft would only benefit from glasses free 3D. Imagine how cool these creations would look with the 3D slider all the way up. Would definitely give things a cool sense of depth.
As far as 3DS' ability to run this game, we see no reason to suggest the contrary. The team behind it, Mojang, did a good job porting Minecraft to mobile devices.
Not only that, but the controls would be fairly easy to execute on 3DS, with players exploring the world using either the circle pad and touch screen, or even Nintendo's Circle Pad Pro.
How would Nintendo 3DS owners react to Minecraft? We don't read minds, but it's safe to assume the community would fall in love with it while dedicating an untold number of man hours to building popular Nintendo heroes, villains and places. Hyrule Castle, perhaps.
The decision to go with a full retail release or through the eShop is the big question. We could see a boxed version of Minecraft jam packed with features, or a more handheld friendly and downloadable port retailing for $6.99 or less. Whatever lets Mojang deliver as good an experience as possible.
Whether or not this'll happen remains to be seen, but given Minecraft's enormous popularity and critical acclaim, bringing it to 3DS makes a ton of sense.