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On the Nintendo Switch eshop, there are two versions of Minecraft. "Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition" and "Minecraft". The Switch Edition is currently unavailable for purchase, with a message that Minecraft is available as a free upgrade for existing owners.

The store page lists that the new version has new features such as crossplay, but it seems to be missing a few features from the Switch Edition, such as the ability to transfer worlds from the Wii U.

What are the differences between Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition and Minecraft on the Switch?

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Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is the older version of the game that does not offer crossplay with other platforms. In other words, you can only play with other Nintendo Switch players in this version of the game.

Minecraft is the more recent version of the game that runs off of the Bedrock engine. It allows crossplay with the Xbox One, Windows 10, and Pocket editions of the game, which also run off of the Bedrock engine. Marketplace assets carry over between all of these versions also, including MINECOINS. A Microsoft account is required to unlock this feature.

Minecraft can be installed via a patch for those that already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition. In addition, you can transfer your DLC purchases from Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition over to Minecraft.

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  • Sounds like exactly what happened with the Minecraft Xbox One Edition and Minecraft. – Timmy Jim Jul 4 '18 at 19:24
  • The FAQ notes that Minecraft does not currently support world transfers from Wii U, which Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition allowed. – Steven M. Vascellaro Jul 4 '18 at 21:54
  • @StevenVascellaro Despite that, and this is a guess on my part, you can likely transfer Wii U worlds to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition before installing the patch, and have it transfer after the patch is installed. – MalikTH Jul 6 '18 at 0:36
  • It isn’t treated as a patch. The two games are treated as separate downloads. – Steven M. Vascellaro Jul 6 '18 at 0:43
  • Thought otherwise. Regardless, transferring a save from Wii U to Nintendo Switch Edition and then to Minecraft would theoretically work. – MalikTH Jul 6 '18 at 0:44
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Minecraft Nintendo Switch edition does not have updates such as the new 1.12.0 update. It also does not offer different resource packs or cross-platform multiplayer. The only resource pack it offers is "Mario Mash-Up". It also does not offer Eshop copies, which means it is gamecard only.

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