Minecraft on Nintendo Switch Gets Cross-Platform Play and Physical Release This Summer

Now you can play with friends outside the Switch version, too!


If you play a lot of Minecraft on the go with your Nintendo Switch, but wish you could play with others on the platforms they use a lot, then get ready to be excited. This June, the Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will welcome the Minecraft Bedrock Engine onto the platform, and you'l be able to play with others even if they're not playing on Switch as well.

The Bedrock update will still allow you to play the game and all its previously released content, including the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, but most importantly it'll let you connect with playes on Xbox One and Android devices via cross-platform play. You'll also be able to take the show on the road with the Nintendo Switch Online service when it launches later this September.

There's a new Minecraft Marketplace that's been announced as well, which will allow players pick up new skins, worlds, textures, and more using Minecoins, a new in-game currency. So it looks like Minecraft is finally introducing premium currency, which is an interesting development.

And speaking of buying things, you'll be able to pick up a physical version of the Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition when it launches this June for $29.99. There isn't any further pricing info at present, but mark your calendar if you're interested in grabbing a physical version.

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