Mincraft Nintendo switch edition review | Worth it? Game reviews



Minecraft, a name that pretty much every gamer knows that this point, a game that’s pretty much on every modern gaming platform, except3DS, is finally here on the Nintendo Switch. This is my review of the game as a port, assuming those watching the video review already know what Minecraft is. Minecraft on Nintendo Switch brings the console experience of Minecraft to a portable system, for the second time, the first time being on the PlayStation Vita. Now since the PlayStation Vita version of Minecraft also runs the console version and is portable, I’ll be making a lot of comparisons between the two, to show the differences specifically with this new port. So for those that have been living under a rock for the last decade, Minecraft is a popular open-world crafting game that’s all about creation, surviving, and on occasion, adventure! There are three game modes in the game, creatives for those that simply want to build and create whatever they want in the open world. Essentially it’s a god mode that gives you unlimited resources to create and spawn whatever you want in this world. Survival mode throws you in a randomized open world without any resources. Here your left to scavenge, mine, and craft your resources with items you find in the wild. Personally, this is my favorite of the three made modes, and the one I ended up playing the most with my time playing Minecraft onSwitch. Lastly, the third game mode is an adventure mode, where you’re thrown into adventure story maps that add limitations to the gameplay so you follow the rules of the adventure. The Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition is an upgraded version of Minecraft Wii U edition with the added portability of being on the Nintendo Switch hardware. In terms of power scope, this edition lies somewhere between the Wii U and the PS4/Xbox One editions of Minecraft. While the PlayStation Vita was a portable version of the console edition, the Switch edition is much farther end of the power spectrum. As for the features this version of the game has, it launches with the features added to the console January update. So while it’s pretty close to being up to date with other consoles, it’s missing things like the glide mini-game. Minecraft Nintendo Switch edition runs at720p 60 frames per second when in dock mode. In this instance, it renders at 10 chunks with a render distance that’s on par with the Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions of the game. For comparison, the PS4 and Xbox one versions render 18 chunks, and for those wondering, what in the world is a chunk. It’s a measurement of area in Minecraftthat’s 16x16 blocks of surface area that runs 128 blocks deep. On PlayStation Vita, that render distance was 5 chunks. When you switch the handheld switch mode, that renders distance gets bumped down to 7 chunks while maintaining the 720p 60fpsvisuals. In my experience playing the Switch version, you can tell that the render distance is lower than higher-end consoles, especially if you’re constantly in creative mode flying through the air. You’ll see a lot of popping happen in the game, something that is somewhat distracting but also isn’t entirely new to Minecraft. Outside of the rendering distance, Minecraft on Switch looks great, specifically really good in handheld mode. Coming from playing the game on an iPad as well as the Vita version, on the Switch the game looks and runs beautifully. In my experience, I have yet to ever see the game run under 60 fps. Additionally, because of its art style, it looks great even at 720p on a display this small. Now in addition to the render distance differences, the world sizes vary in the Nintendo Switch version too. On Nintendo Switch the world sizes are considered a medium size when comparing it to something like the PS4 and Xbox One editions. The Switch’s map sizes are 3072 squared, a downgrade from the PS4, and Xbox One’s 5120 squared world size. However, if you compare to the Vita also running the console version on the go, that’s an upgrade from Vita’s 864squared size. As far as controls go, the built-in joy-cons work perfectly for Minecraft. All of the Wii U’s physical controls are essentially transferred over to the Switch. You can also use the touch screen to quickly switch between the item slots in your hud, though you can navigate those with buttons too. You can’t use a single joy-con to play as a single character, although I’m not sure why some reviewers have docked the game for that because if you’ve played Minecraft before, you’d know that’d be pretty impossible to do with the control scheme of a single joy-con. What you can do is play multiplayer on a single switch with multiple controllers such as a pair of joy-cons and a pro controller. Local multiplayer is available for up to 4players with split-screen and 8 players when you’re online. Speaking of online, there are some good and bad things with this port. You do have the option to play with friends online on Switch in both the regular game modes as well as the mini-games option. Like other console versions of the Minecraft, you can customize your online worlds allowing friends to join at free will as well as friends of friends, not your friend's list. Sadly one thing missing is voice game chat. It was available in the Wii U version of Minecraft but is missing here on the Switch version, most likely because of the Nintendo Switchcommunication app not being out yet. Regardless, it’s a bummer to see it missing at launch since Minecraft is a multiplayer driven game as much as it is a single-player one. In terms of exclusive content, there isn't any outside of the Nintendo platform exclusive content that was on the Wii U version of Minecraft such as the Super Mario themed skins and world. The world is beautifully themed with giant Mario tribute statues wherever you turn with references ranging from Super Mario Brothers1 down to the modern Mario 3D platformers. It’s a lovely tribute world to the series along with the background tracks bringing memories of Mario 64. So is Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition worth it? Well, I can tell you it’s by far the definitive portable version of Minecraft lying somewhere right between the Wii U and the PS4 versions of Minecraft. When comparing it to something like the portable via version, it’s a major upgrade going from 540p on Vita with a much smaller world at an average 25 frames per second to 720p 60 frames per second on Switch with a much larger world size. If you’re comparing it to the Wii U version, then it’s a slight upgrade that adds portability to the package but for the time being, it removes voice chat until the Nintendo Switch communication app is released. And lastly, when compared to the PS4 and Xbox editions, Switch is a bit of a downgrade but in return, you get a high-quality version of Minecraft that may not be the best, but gives you the freedom of playing both on a TV and the go with the greatest portable Minecraft experience to date. Ultimately the choice comes to why you’ reinterested in Minecraft Switch edition in the first place, you already have Minecraft on other consoles and don’t care for the portability, you can completely skip this title. However, if you do want to play it on the go, even if you already have the Vita version or higher-end console versions, I’d recommend picking up the Switch edition. It’s a great bundle package that gives you a great version of Minecraft that’s both portable and scalable for a tv experience. I hope you all enjoyed the review and I'll see you in the next one!

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