Note On June 21, 2018, Minecraft was released for the Nintendo Switch. Previous owners of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition can now download this new version of Minecraft for free from the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console.
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This page answers frequently asked questions about the new release of Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch. (For frequently asked questions about the older Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, please scroll to the bottom of this page.)
The Bedrock version of Minecraft has been the codebase on mobile and Windows 10 since 2012 (also known as our Bedrock Engine). We brought this version to Xbox One with the Better Together Update in the fall of 2017, and it was launched for Nintendo Switch in the summer of 2018.
Minecraft delivers a united experience to players on all platforms that use the Bedrock codebase. You can build with friends via cross-play no matter what device they’re using, play multiplayer mini-games through Servers*, and customize how you play with community content available through the in-game marketplace.
*Note Servers will be coming to Switch soon via an update.
Minecraft for Nintendo Switch launched on June 21, 2018.
Players who already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will receive the new version of Minecraft free of charge. Either follow the in-game prompts to download the new version, or find it directly in the Nintendo eShop.
All of the existing DLC content will be transferable from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition to the new version of Minecraft.
A Microsoft account is optional and not required to play Minecraft on Nintendo Switch. It is a free account you can use to sign in on a device. It allows Minecraft players on Switch to play with other players on non-Nintendo devices like iOS, Android, Xbox One, and Windows 10 (via cross-play, Realms, or Servers). Having a Microsoft Account also enables the portability of your Minecoins and marketplace purchases to other devices and platforms. You can create a new Microsoft account here.
Make sure you are entering your friend’s gamertag correctly. Please note that you are only able to enter a Microsoft gamertag as a player ID. Player IDs from other platforms are not supported at this time.
Online subscription fees are determined by the platform you play on, so an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is not required for Nintendo Switch players, but a Nintendo Switch Online subscription will be required for multiplayer when that service launches. A free Microsoft account is recommended for players to get the most out of this version of Minecraft. (Additionally, Minecraft Realms will be available at an additional cost.)
The Minecraft Marketplace is the store which you can find in-game. For the first time, new character skins, textures, and worlds made by creators in the Minecraft community are coming to the in-game store for Minecraft Bedrock platforms. With Minecraft Marketplace, we've made it safer and easier to purchase community-made content for Minecraft. Content purchased while signed in with a Microsoft account can be enjoyed on any device with no expiration.
Purchasable with real currency in the game store and eShop, Minecoins (Minecraft coins) let you buy content from creators in our Marketplace safely and securely. Coins are kept in your virtual wallet and can also be used on Minecraft for mobile, Xbox One, and Windows 10, if you have a Microsoft account.
Yes, your existing worlds from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will convert over to the new version of Minecraft. There is currently no way to transfer worlds directly from Wii U, but that may become available in the future.
To transfer existing worlds from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition to Minecraft:
To transfer existing worlds from Minecraft: Wii U Edition to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition:
World size is infinite in Minecraft for Nintendo Switch.
Transferring to Minecraft should change the world type to infinite, keeping the portions of the world from the 4J version the same, but generating new chunks outside of that area.
Now! Just dive in. (Pun intended.)
The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack is pre-installed with the game. Other included content (Natural Texture Pack, Biome Settlers Skin Pack, Battle & Beasts Skin Pack, Campfire Tales Skin Pack) can be downloaded from the in-game store.
No, the Super Mario Mash-Up is only playable by Nintendo Switch owners in single player, split screen, local network, and over Nintendo Switch Online.
Log into Minecraft and sign into your Microsoft account. All your content will sync automatically with other purchases you’ve made with other Bedrock versions, as long as those purchases were made while logged in to that same Microsoft account.
Note For every purchase you make on the previous version, you must first log into Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, exit, and then launch the new Bedrock version for purchases to sync. DLC purchased within Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will only remain on your Nintendo Switch device and will not carried over into other devices.
Realms is now available on Nintendo Switch by applying the latest game update. Servers will be enabled soon in a future update, stay tuned to our News Channel and other social media platforms to see the newest and latest features.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will no longer be available to purchase in the eShop but existing owners can continue to play and re-download if they desire.
*Please visit the Nintendo support site in your region for instructions on how to re-download content purchased from the Nintendo eShop.
8 players when online, 4 players when offline in split screen, and 8 players when in local network play with 1 player per console.
Yes, visit Transfer Minecraft worlds from Wii U to Switch for more info on how to do this.
Worlds on the Nintendo Switch Edition are significantly larger than the worlds in the Wii U Edition.
Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch console is a multiplayer game by default. Local players can join your game by attaching controllers and pressing + on the controller at any point during the game.
There are 2 network modes that can be chosen from the main menu by pressing Y, Online Network, and Local Network. Local Network can be used to join other consoles nearby when there is no internet connection available.
When you start or join an Online Network or a Local Network game, it will be visible to people in your friends list, in the Join tab when you select Play Game.
Players can join your game by attaching controllers and pressing + on the controller at any point during the game. Up to 4 players can play in split-screen together. You will need either a pair of Joy-Con’s (both Left and Right) per person or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller per person to play.
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