The more we learn about the Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch, the more we like it. It also sounds like the more the fine folks over at Mojang work with the Nintendo Switch, the more they like it, and that's good news for everyone. Today Microsoft and Mojang hosted a Twitch stream showing off Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, and we learned several new and exciting details about the game.
There is good news here for players who already own the game on the Wii U, really good news for anyone worried about performance on the Switch, and good news for anyone who felt limited by the size of the worlds offered on the last-gen consoles, including the Wii U. If this going to be the definitive version of Minecraft? It sounds like it. Keep scrolling to see everything we now know...
Wii U Worlds Will Transfer
We learned that if you've spent ample time in the Wii U version of Minecraft, creating worlds that you're proud of, you don't have to leave those behind. There will be a system in place to transfer your worlds over to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, but it won't be available right when the game launches. Apparently the team needs a little more time to work out the kinks, but just stay tuned. One of the earlier updates for the Nintendo Switch Edition should allow you to transfer over your past efforts.
So what about performance?
The Nintendo Switch Edition Runs at 60FPS
Minecraft is playable on the PlayStation Vita already, but it runs at sub-30 FPS frame rates. It might not bother younger players, but for picker gamers (like me), 20-25 FPS doesn't sound appealing or even acceptable. Thankfully, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will run at a buttery 60 FPS.
The developers mentioned that the Nintendo Switch has been really easy to work with, and that's something we're hearing across the board whenever news of ports crop up. This bodes very well for future prospects, and we can't wait to hold this in our hands and play.
Worlds Will Be Much Larger
How large your worlds can be in Minecraft depend largely on the amount of memory (RAM) your console has to work with. On the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U you could only build worlds up to a size of 864 x 864. Because the Nintendo Switch boasts faster memory, and more of it, you'll be able to build worlds roughly 13 times larger, measuring up to about 3072 x 3072.
While that's not quite as large as the worlds you can build on PS4, it's a huge improvement over the Wii U version, and all last-gen versions of the game. And don't forget, this version is going to come packed with extra content.
All Previous Additional Content Is Included
Don't forget that when Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition launches, it will come installed with six previously released content packs in addition to the Super Mario Mash Up content, which includes:
- 40 Super Mario‐themed skins including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, as well as troublemakers like Bowser, Wario and all seven Koopalings
Super Mario World itself! Professional Minecraft builders have remade the likeness of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond, with Mario‐themed versions of the Overworld, The Nether and The End for you to explore.
So many Mario‐inspired surprises to discover, from islands shaped like Warp Pipes to towering sculptures of Nintendo's iconic characters. We've recreated villainous hideouts, too: like Bowser's Castle, Bowser's ship, and Boo's House.
Super Mario‐style textures, numerous Mario‐themed puzzles, dozens of character skins and music from Super Mario 64 to enjoy