Better Together on Nintendo Switch!
Get the newest version of Minecraft on Switch today!
Last year, we released the Better Together update, which let players on Xbox One, Windows 10, VR and mobile devices play Minecraft together across platforms. Today, another console joins the list of cross-play compatible devices, as Better Together comes to Minecraft on Nintendo Switch!
This new version of Minecraft on Switch uses the Bedrock engine, and is available digitally on Nintendo eShop and at retail. Already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch edition? You can download the new version for free!
Plus, along with Phase One of Update Aquatic and all future updates, this new version of Minecraft includes the Super Mario Mash-up pack. Wahoo!
We've put together this handy FAQ with everything you need to know to enjoy the new version of Minecraft on Nintendo Switch!
Q: What is the Bedrock version of Minecraft?
A: 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 last fall and now we’re launching it on Nintendo Switch.
Q: How is this version different than the one I already own?
A: Minecraft delivers a united experience to players on all platforms that the Bedrock codebase is used. Build with friends via cross-play with Xbox One, Windows 10, VR and mobile devices, and customize how you play with community content available through the in-game marketplace. Servers will become available via a post-launch update at a later date.
Q: I already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, how do I get this new version?
A: Players who already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition can download the new version of Minecraft free of charge. Either follow the prompts in-game to download or find it directly in the Nintendo eShop.
Q: Will DLC content I currently own transfer over to the new version of Minecraft?
A: All of the existing DLC content will be transferable from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition to the new version of Minecraft.
Q: What’s a Microsoft Account and why do I need it for a Nintendo Switch?
A: A Microsoft Account is a free account you can sign-in on device that allows Minecraft players on Switch to play with others 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. To create an account click here.
Got more questions? Head over to our FAQ page.
We'd also like to thank SkyBox Labs for their outstanding help developing the new version of Minecraft for Nintendo Switch!
- Tom Stone