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Nintendo Switch Edition
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Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch

Written in


Latest version

Patch 6


Digital - eShop
May 11, 2017
Physical Release


ESRB: Everyone 10+


887 MB



Source available



Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is the version of Minecraft developed by 4J Studios and Mojang AB for the Nintendo Switch. It was announced on January 13, 2017. It is available on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99, for a limited time between May 11, 2017 and the release of the Better Together Update in autumn. After that, this edition will be discontinued, but existing owners will still be able to access and play this edition, and will receive the new Nintendo Switch version of Bedrock Engine Minecraft for free. Worlds and DLC from this edition will carry over to the new version.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Nintendo Switch Edition can be played in TV Mode, Handheld Mode, and Tabletop Mode. The in-game username corresponds with the username chosen from a Nintendo Account, which is changeable. The game is playable with a pair of Joy-Con, or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Because of the Nintendo Switch's 720p screen, splitscreen is available even in Tabletop Mode.

DLC[edit | edit source]

The following DLC is included in the Nintendo Switch Edition:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It had been announced that the Nintendo Switch Edition would receive a physical release at a later date.[1] Mojang has since stated that the edition would "not be available for new purchase" after the release of the Bedrock Engine version,[2] and there has been no further confirmation of a physical release before then.
    • After it is removed from the Nintendo eShop, this edition will only be purchasable by digital code, or as a cartridge if it does receive a physical release.
    • It is also unclear whether the DLC will still be available on the Nintendo eShop after the game is removed. If the DLC were removed, then it could only be purchased by digital code.
  • The Nintendo Switch Edition (alongside the Wii U Edition) is the most expensive edition of Minecraft to date, at $29.99.
    • This is due to the game releasing with 6 add-on packs included.
      • All DLC included with the Nintendo Switch Edition are the same as the Xbox One Edition Holiday Pack, except that the Nintendo-exclusive Super Mario Mash-up pack is included in place of the Xbox-exclusive Halo Mash-up pack.
    • This is ahead of the Java Edition of Minecraft by just $3.04.
  • The Nintendo eShop does not have a free demo for Minecraft, unlike the PlayStation and Xbox.
  • Compared to the Xbox One Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition, the Nintendo Switch Edition has a lower render distance, and has neither the Large world size nor the Amplified Worlds option.
  • Functionality to transfer worlds from the Wii U Edition over a local network is being added in one of the next updates.[3]
    • However, it will eventually break as the Wii U Edition will continue to be updated with new content after updates cease for the Nintendo Switch Edition.
  • At launch, the resolution in TV Mode was restricted to 720p because of technical difficulties with changing the resolution during gameplay. Patch 6 resolved this and increased the resolution to 1080p.

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