I've always thought that the 3DS version of Minecraft was a great port, and in my review of the game last April, I noted how I preferred playing with the 3DS controls as opposed to the touch controls found on Android and iOS. Minecraft on the 3DS has since received a slew of updates adding considerable content and features to the game. Sadly though, it seems that the most recent update to Minecraft 3DS (1.9.19) will be the last for this edition, as Mojang has announced that they are ending development on the 3DS platform.

It's really a shame since I think there was a lot of potential in the 3DS port, but sadly the feature set never made it up to par with the other releases, and the lack of cross platform multiplayer really hurt it. I suppose you can chock it up to the lack of horsepower on the 3DS system, even though the game requires the supposedly more powerful "New" 3DS/2DS editions.

The good news here is that they decided to let the 3DS edition go out with a bang, providing a considerable update to send this edition off into the sunset with. As per Mojang, the final Minecraft 3DS update brings the following content and features to the game:

New Features
  • Updated codebase in close parity with Minecraft 1.1.5
  • Woodland Mansions
  • Explorer Maps
  • Iron & Gold Nugget Smelting
New Blocks and Items
  • Concrete
  • Concrete Powder
  • Glazed Terracotta
  • Shulker Box
  • Frosted Ice
  • Totem of Undying
  • Iron & Gold Nuggets
  • Magma block
  • Bone block
  • Nether wart block
  • Red nether brick
  • Spawn Eggs (Llama, Vindicator, Evoker, Vex)
New Entities
  • Llamas
  • Vindicators
  • Evokers
  • Vexes
  • Cartographer Villagers
World Generation
  • Underground fossils
  • Natural Magma block generation in the Nether
New Enchantments
  • Frost Walker
  • Mending
As you can see, the update is fairly solid, it is just sad to know that this update will be the last. I'm not completely sure how many people actually play Minecraft on the 3DS regularly, so from a business standpoint it probably made sense. Truthfully when I am playing the game at home, it's generally the Switch version, which allows me to do cross platform multiplayer with my family. On the road though, I still prefer the 3DS edition, as I don't like taking the Switch out and about.

With updates for Minecraft 3DS coming to an end, is it still worth picking up this edition of the game? In most cases probably not, at least not at full price. If you already have a New 3DS/2DS, don't care about multiplayer, just want to do some casual mining while on an airplane or road trip, and you can find it discounted in a bargain bin, then by all means, it is still a good port of the game to play while on the go. New though, it still retails for $30, which is the same price as the Nintendo Switch edition which is far more capable and still receiving updates.

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