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How to get Minecraft on a Nintendo Switch

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March 6, 2023

Minecraft, over the years, has become a timeless classic in the world of video games. It has also continued to evolve, adding new elements, features, and ways to play. Today, Minecraft is playable on every major game console, mobile device, and computer operating system. You can even play it on your school Chromebook. Let’s talk about how to play Minecraft on a Nintendo Switch.


To get Minecraft on Nintendo Switch, go to Nintendo eShop > Search/Browse. Search for "minecraft" in the Search by Keyword field. Select the Minecraft game you want to download from the search results, then select Proceed to Purchase.


Can you play Minecraft on Nintendo Switch?

Minecraft has been playable on the Nintendo Switch since May 11, 2017. Minecraft is also available on Nintendo’s Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS systems.

How to get Minecraft on Nintendo Switch

To get Minecraft on your Nintendo Switch, you must purchase the full version for $29.99 from the Nintendo eShop. You will also need at least 1.2GB of free storage space on your Nintendo Switch device.

Alternatively, you can buy the physical version from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.

How to download Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch

From the home screen, select the Nintendo eShop button.

location of the nintendo switch eshop on the home menu
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Under Who is using Nintendo eShop?, select the profile you wish to buy Minecraft from. This will launch the Nintendo eShop.

all profiles on a nintendo switch device
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Once you’re in the Nintendo eShop, scroll up to the Search/Browse tab in the menu on the left.

In the Search by Keyword field, type in “minecraft.” After that, press the button on your controller or select the Accept button on the on-screen keyboard.

entering the keyword minecraft in the search tab of the nintendo switch eshop
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Minecraft should appear atop the search results. Select it.

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On the Minecraft game page, select Proceed to Purchase. Fill in your credentials and payment information to buy the game.

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How to play Minecraft with friends on a Switch

To play Minecraft with other users, you must purchase a Nintendo Online subscription.