It's no secret that Minecraft has become a global phenomenon. Since its inception in 2011, the title has seen release across various platforms including PC (via Steam and Windows 10), Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4, among others. Seeing its popularity, Microsoft acquired the developer behind the title, Mojang, for $2.5 billion back in 2014.
Now, the popular title has made its way to Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, as promised.
Mojang has announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft packs the same features as those present on the other console versions of the title, which include co-op and multiplayer mini-games. The developer says that up to eight players can play locally if each of them owns a Switch, or four can play in split screen by connecting the hybrid console to the TV and using the Joy-Con or Pro controllers.
Mojang has also clarified that Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition runs at 720p resolution and 60 frames-per-second, regardless of whether you're utilizing the Switch as a handheld console or via the TV. Additionally, the company has included an exclusive "Super Mario Mash-Up Pack" for Switch owners, which contains a themed world, 15 tracks from Super Mario 64, and 40 character skins, among other things. Mojang also says:
We’ve also bundled in several extra worlds, including Chinese Mythology, Halloween, Festive and Greek Mythology. Plus! Several more skin packs, including Redstone Specialists, multiple Battle and the Beast skin packs, two of the Festive packs (just in time for, er, Summer!) and many, many more!
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition costs $29.99, is available in the Nintendo eShop in North America today, and will be rolling out to Europe and Japan tomorrow.