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YouTube reveals the top 5 most-viewed games of 2019

Minecraft with a commanding lead

YouTube is wrapping up another year with billions upon billions of views, and plenty of those go to the world of gaming. In particular, YouTube has revealed the top 5 most-viewed games of the year, and there's some Switch-related titles in the mix! Check out who made the top 5 below.

1. Minecraft (100.2 billion views)
2. Fortnite (60.9 billion views)
3. Grand Theft Auto V (36.9 billion views)
4. Garena Free Fire (29.9 billion views)
5. Roblox (29.6 billion views)

Minecraft: The End: An Official Minecraft Novel now available

Dive deep into Minecraft lore

Looking to read a bit of Minecraft lore when you're not playing? Minecraft: The End: An Official Minecraft Novel has just released, and it should fit the bill quite nicely.

The brand-new official Minecraft novel is an epic battle for survival! When humans enter the End, a pair of endermen must decide which side they’re really on.

For as long as they can remember, the twin endermen Fin and Mo have lived in the mysterious land of the End. On the outskirts of the great enderman city of Telos, they explore ancient ruins under the watchful gaze of the mighty ender dragon. They have everything they need in the end ship they call home, and know everything there is to know about their world—or so they think until the strangers from another dimension arrive.

The invaders are called humans, and they’ve come to steal artifacts and slay the ender dragon. Fin and Mo are ready to protect their home from the trespassers, but when they come face-to-face with the humans, they discover that they aren’t as prepared for battle as they’d thought. Caught off guard, the twins are trapped in the middle of a war between the endermen and the humans, with the future of their home at stake.

If you want to learn even more about the novel before making a purchase, you can check out an interview with the author over on the official Minecraft website.

Buzzy Bees and the Holiday update coming to Minecraft on Dec. 11th, 2019

What's the buzz all about?

Buzzy Bees were announced for Minecraft awhile ago, but now we know when they'll be added. Along with the holiday update, we can expect Buzzy Bees on Dec. 11th, 2019. Check out the full details below.

No need to flutter about, I’ll get straight to the good stuff – Buzzy Bees, our upcoming Holiday update, and all the new features that come with it, are coming to Minecraft on December 11th! The bee’s big debut is cause for celebration, so we’re kicking off a whole bunch of bee-themed initiatives ahead of the big day. Hold on to your antennae, because we’ve got a lot of unbelievable content coming your way!

Do you want to learn even more about bees? Well, we’ve got just the live stream for you. We’ll be hosting live streams based in the US, Brazil, and Australia on December 6th through 8th (check the handy schedule below for more details).

We’re also going to have a community challenge running from December 13th through 15th! Want to know more about that exciting challenge and the sweet rewards it will bring? You’re gonna have to keep an eye on our Twitter account and, of course, Minecraft.net for more news.

You may be reaching the end of this article and wondering, why all the fuss about bees? Well, not only are bees critically important to our ecosystem, they’re also in danger of steep decline. That’s why we’ve partnered with WWF to help out the star of the show, the mighty and humble bee, by raising money for WWF’s efforts to protect bees and other important species. There are three ways you can help us support WWF’s conservation work: donate during the live stream, purchase the cutest merchandise this side of the Overworld (available on Friday!), or purchase the Character Creator Bumblebee costume in the Minecraft Marketplace. We'll be donating a percentage (62.5% to be exact) of those proceeds directly to WWF! To kick off these initiatives on behalf of the beloved bee, Mojang will be giving a $100,000 donation to WWF.

We’re excited to bring bees into Minecraft, but also to help protect the bees right here on the Earth that we all share. Let’s celebrate the bees before they arrive in Minecraft on December 11th by taking part in the exciting events we have planned!

Minecraft Realms Plus now available

A wealth of content to dig into

Tap into the source of amazing Minecraft content! With Realms Plus, you get instant access to 50+ Marketplace items like worlds and mash-ups, with new additions each month. Enjoy your content on any platform where you play Minecraft with Marketplace, and invite all up to 10 of your friends to join the fun – for free!*

*Requires supported Minecraft game, sold separately. Online multiplayer requires separate Nintendo Switch Online subscription, sold separately. Realms Plus content varies over time, see www.minecraft.net/realms-plus.

Minecraft set to release for Switch in Hong Kong and South Korea

A big launch ahead

Mojang has announced the official release of Minecraft for Switch in Hong Kong and South Korea. The game will see both digital and physical release, and will launch on Jan. 16th, 2020. The games will be available in both Chinese and Korean.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Minecraft Items

Some tidbits about Minecraft items you might not have known!

Why are Minecraft’s dolphins such jerks? Why does the Wandering Trader offer such poor merchandise? Why can’t Steve get through an episode of this show unharmed? Find out all that and less, in this video all about items!

Frozen adventure map now available in Minecraft

A visit to Arendelle

We’re going to Arendelle! Before you start packing your dramatic caped gowns and gloves, this Arendelle is much blockier than you may have remembered. In this world, made by Noxcrew, you’ll be part of all the action and adventure that will make you feel like you’re as much a part of Frozen as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven!

Earn rewards by playing mini-games and completing puzzles, then head back to decorate the castle with your friends. All while enjoying some of your favourite Frozen songs, of course. Careful where you play the game though because sing-screaming “For the First Time in Forever” while wearing noise-cancelling headphones on a public bus is generally frowned upon. Not that I would know from experience. You try and listen to that song without singing along! It’s harder than you think!

Don’t forget to pick up this one-of-a-kind Frozen adventure, now in the Minecraft Marketplace! Hoo-hoo!

Walmart offering a Switch + Minecraft for $299, Switch Pro Controller for $63

Savings spotted!

If you're looking to save some cash on the Switch, Walmart has some decent deals going on right now. Over on their website, Walmart is offering a bundle of the Switch and Minecraft for $299. This is the Switch with the better battery life, which might sweeten the deal for some. On top of that, you can pick up a Switch Pro Controller for $63. Not the hugest deals, but every penny counts!

Minecraft updated to Version 1.13.1

Minecraft has been updated to Version 1.13.1. Check out full details on this update below.

Crashes

Fixed a crash that could occur during gameplay
Fixed several crashes that could occur when joining Realms
Fixed a crash that could occur when joining Featured Servers
Fixed a crash that could occur when throwing lingering potions

General

Error message ‘Failed’ displays when attempting to ‘Create on Realms’ while there are expired Realms for the account

Character Creator

Elytra will no longer be invisible or blocky when using a custom imported skin (MCPE-54439)
Players can now apply the Founder’s Cape to custom (imported) skins (MCPE-53513)
Waiting for a skin to load will no longer block players from getting into a game (MCPE-45038)
Players no longer share the same custom skin during multiplayer sessions (MCPE-48207)

Gameplay

Fixed chests sometimes being invisible (MCPE-52790)
Going through portals will now take you to the correct place in the corresponding dimension (MCPE-54519)
Tweaked view bobbing movement (MCPE-54645)
We intend to tweak this further in a future update!

User Interface

Closed Realms are no longer displayed on the ‘Create on Realms’ screen
Fixed incorrect Japanese and Korean characters appearing in Language settings

Japanese hardware/software sales for Oct. 28th to Nov. 3rd, 2019, Luigi's Mansion 3 sells 150,000 copies in Japan

Luigi's Mansion is filled with gold!

Luigi's Mansion 3 had a great first week on Nintendo Switch in Japan, selling 150,649 units! The only title that sold more was PS4 exclusive title, Persona 5 Royal. Ring Fit Adventure continues its high sales numbers, with 51,143 copies sold. Nintendo Switch continues to be the best selling hardware for the month, with 119,397 total units sold between the Switch and Switch Lite. Check out the full sales data below!

01./00. [PS4] Persona 5 Royal # (Atlus) {2019.10.31} (¥8.800) - 201.448 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) - 150.649 / NEW
03./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 51.143 / 183.685 (-20%)
04./01. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.10.25} (¥7.900) - 37.905 / 155.575 (-68%)
05./00. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) - 19.438 / NEW
06./07. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition # (Square Enix) {2019.09.27} (¥7.980) - 8.551 / 421.548 (-23%)
07./05. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Marvelous) {2019.10.17} (¥5.800) - 8.266 / 90.954 (-50%)
08./09. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.758 / 987.202 (-10%)
09./10. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 7.233 / 2.511.662 (-8%)
10./12. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 7.109 / 3.317.305 (-2%)

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