A representative of Mojang has commented on the potential of a 3DS version of "Minecraft." According to a report from Gaming Bolt on July 6, the individual stated that the video game on the handheld system won't be the same as the home console iterations of the open-world sandbox game. Instead, the 3DS game should be based on "Minecraft Pocket Edition" if it does come out at all.
Starting with the Xbox 360 in 2012, Mojang enlisted 4J Studios to port the popular title to consoles. "Minecraft PS3 Edition" came out in late 2013 while "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition" are coming out later this year. Although the Vita is also a handheld system, the video game will be providing the same full console experience (some visual compromises had to be made, however).
The potential "Minecraft 3DS Edition" could be the equivalent of the 0.8 version of "Minecraft Pocket Edition." The representative believed that the title won't have the same infinite worlds feature that will be updated with the 0.9 patch of the mobile version. Compared to the other major devices, the 3DS is the weakest in terms of hardware capabilities.
Nintendo previously expressed some interests on the game possibly coming to the 3DS and Wii U. A spokesperson from the company admitted that the touch screens of both systems should be suitable for "Minecraft." Players should theoretically be able to navigate the menus using the stylus to choose between the different items quickly as opposed to using a standard gamepad.
Right now, Mojang is currently focusing on completing the productions of "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Vita Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." All three of the ports are due to launch digitally sometime next month in European and North American regions. You can find a screen from the Vita game near the top of this article (via the official Twitter webpage for 4J Studios).