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Minecraft for Nintendo Switch FAQ

Note: As of June 21, 2018, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (2017) was no longer available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop. Existing owners can continue to play. Existing owners will be able to download this version again if needed. 


What is the Bedrock version of Minecraft? 

The Bedrock version of Minecraft has been the codebase on mobile and Windows 10 since 2012, also known as our Bedrock engine. 


How does this version differ from the one I already own? 

Minecraft delivers a united experience to players on all platforms that use the Bedrock codebase. Build with friends via cross-play on other console platforms and mobile devices, play multiplayer mini-games through servers, and customize how you play with community content available through the in-game Marketplace. 


I already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, so how do I get this new version? 

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. 


Will DLC content I currently own transfer over to the new version of Minecraft? 

All existing DLC content will be transferred automatically from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition to the new version of Minecraft. 


What’s a Microsoft account and why do I need it for a Nintendo Switch? 

A Microsoft account is a free account you use to sign in on a device that allows Minecraft players on Switch to play with others on non-Nintendo devices such as 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. For more information go to the Xbox article, Minecraft for Nintendo Switch FAQ. To create an account, go to the Minecraft Realms and Multiplayer Troubleshooting page. 


Now that I have a Microsoft account, how do I sign into it from my Nintendo Switch? 

  1. On the Minecraft game home screen, click Sign in with a Microsoft account. 
  2. You’ll see a screen asking you for a unique eight-digit code. 
  3. Enter the URL shown on the screen on another device (PC or mobile phone). 
  4. Follow the instructions on the website by entering the code and to finish signing into your Microsoft account. 


How do I find my friends on their Microsoft account? 

  1. Now that you’ve signed into your Microsoft account, select Play on the home screen. 
  2. Toggle to the right onto the Friends tab. 
  3. Select the button to Add Friend. 
  4. Find friends by entering their Microsoft Gamertags. 


I keep entering my friend’s Gamertag into cross-platform friends and can’t find them. Why? 

Make sure you enter your friend’s Gamertag correctly. Please note that you are only able to enter in Microsoft/Xbox Gamertags. Player IDs from other platforms are not supported at this time. You can also try having your friend add you instead to see if that works for you. 


Do I need to pay a subscription fee such as for Xbox Live Gold to play online? 

Online subscription fees are determined by the platform you play on, so an Xbox Live Gold subscription is not required for Nintendo Switch players, but a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required for multiplayer. We recommend using a free Microsoft account for players to get the most out of this version of Minecraft. 


What is Minecraft Marketplace? 

The Minecraft Marketplace is the name of our in-game store. New character skins, textures, and worlds made by creators in the Minecraft community are available through the Marketplace for Minecraft Bedrock platforms. With Minecraft Marketplace, we've made it safer and easier to purchase community-made content for Minecraft. Buy content once while signed in with a Microsoft account and enjoy it on any supported device with no expiration. 


What are Minecoins? 

Minecoins (Minecraft coins) let you buy content from creators in our Marketplace, safely and securely. You can purchase them with real currency in the game store and eShop. 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. 


Do my existing worlds transfer? 

Yes, your existing worlds from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will convert over to the Bedrock version of Minecraft. For more information, check out Transfer Worlds from Wii U to Nintendo Switch. 


How do I transfer existing worlds from Minecraft for Nintendo Switch to another version of Minecraft? 

In Minecraft (Bedrock Version): 

  • If you select the Sync Old Worlds button at the bottom of the worlds list in the play menu, it finds any worlds on the device from the Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition and displays them below the button. 
  • Select any of the newly found worlds to convert them to the Bedrock edition. 
  • After conversion, the world shows up above the Sync Old Worlds button with the rest of your Bedrock worlds. 

From Wii U Edition to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition: 

See the Transfer Worlds from Wii U to Nintendo Switch article for details. 


How big are worlds in this version of Minecraft for Nintendo Switch? 

World size is infinite in Minecraft for Nintendo Switch. 


I’m playing in a world that was transferred from the previous version. Does it have any size limitations? 

Transferring to Minecraft changes 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. 


Can I play Realms on this edition? 

Yes, Realms is available on the Bedrock edition of Minecraft for Nintendo Switch. To play online on a Nintendo Switch, you must have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, so this is a requirement for playing on Realms. Learn more information about Nintendo Switch Online. 


What additional content is included? 

The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack is pre-installed with the game. You can download the remaining content (Natural Texture pack, Biome Settlers Skin pack, Battle & Beasts Skin pack, Campfire Tales Skin pack) from the in-game store. 


Can my friends on Xbox play the Super Mario Mash-Up? 

No, the Super Mario Mash-Up is playable only by Nintendo Switch owners in single-player, split-screen, local network, and over Nintendo Switch Online. 


How do I link my previous purchases on other Minecraft Bedrock versions to my Switch version? 

Log into Minecraft and sign in to your Microsoft account. All your content will sync automatically with other purchases you’ve made with other Bedrock versions. 


I own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition and I've purchased previous DLC. How do I get it to sync to Minecraft? 

  1. Log into Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition on your Nintendo Switch  This will sync the latest purchases. 
  2. Log into Minecraft on your Nintendo Switch and you'll automatically be granted the entitlements for that.

Note that, for every purchase you make for the previous version, you must first log into Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, exit, and then launch the new Bedrock version for your purchases to sync. DLC purchased within Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will remain only on your Nintendo Switch device and will not transfer to other devices. 


Will my copy of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition go away? Do I have to use the new one? 

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will no longer be available to purchase in the eShop but existing owners can continue to play and download it again if they desire. 

Last Updated - 2021-08-03 08:39:46 UTC

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