Minecraft Nintendo Switch review
If you're one of the few people in the world never to have played Minecraft, then now might be a good time to see what all the fuss is about.
Minecraft lets players shape worlds and build elaborate structures one block at a time. It's a game about adventure, discovery and survival, as players try to stay alive long enough to uncover its many secrets.
A true phenomenon that has claimed the social lives of over 100 million players, it's out on pretty much every platform under the sun, from PS4, Xbox One and PC, to Apple TV, PlayStation Vita and even Raspberry Pi.
Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition sits somewhere between the home console versions and the iOS, Android and Vita editions. It offers all the convenience of the tablet versions, but with the superior controls that you get on consoles.
It's not as pretty as the PS4 and Xbox One ports, the world aren't quite as big, and it's not as deep as the PC original, but it does provide more flexibility.
And that's why, even as somebody who has pumped hundreds of hours into Minecraft on PC and PS4, Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition still holds a certain appeal.
Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition screenshots Wed, May 3, 2017
NINTENDO Switch fans can download Minecraft Switch Edition from the eShop on May 12.
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Minecraft Nintendo Switch screenshots
Like all of the most successful Nintendo Switch games, it's the ability to play anywhere that makes Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition so successful.
You can perform the mundane tasks while you're on the move, and do the fun stuff like building castles or venturing into the Nether when you get back home.
It helps that unlike the iOS and Android versions, Minecraft Nintendo Switch controls are much more intuitive. You'll feel right at home if you've ever played on consoles, and will make fewer errors when building structures or fighting monsters.
Nintendo Switch owners also get all the benefits of the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which gives the world a Mario-themed makeover, complete with iconic Nintendo enemies.
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It's not enough to recommend Minecraft Nintendo Switch above other ports, but it is a nice bonus if you already own a copy on another platform.
Where Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition falls down is that it currently only runs at 720p and the draw distances could be better.
Minecraft Nintendo Switch also supports split-screen multiplayer, but only if you've got another set of Joy-Cons or Pro Controller. Considering how other games have thrived in local multiplayer, this seems like a real missed opportunity.
Some will also scoff at the £20 price tag, which does make it a hard sell if you already own the game on another platform.
Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition isn't the definitive version of this classic game, but the versatility and flexibility afforded by the Switch makes it hard to resist.