|Digital Release:||Nintendo Switch
May 11, 2017 (JP, US)
|Delisting:||June 21, 2018|
Minecraft Gamepedia entry
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was delisted from theNintendo Switch eShop on June 21st, 2018 and replaced with version 1.2.0 (aka the Better Together Update) simply titled Minecraft. The game’s page on Nintendo.com was updated to explain the process but not the reason for its removal:
After June 21st, 2018, “Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition” (2017) will no longer be available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop. Existing owners can continue to play. *Existing owners will be able to re-download this version if needed.
Downloadable content on this game page is only compatible with “Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition” (2017), and not with ” Minecraft ” (2018). If you own both game versions, the downloadable content can be transferred but only from the old to new version. Visit the Minecraft support page, Forums or Wiki for more information.
Current owners of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will be able to upgrade to the new version of Minecraft by downloading it from Nintendo eShop for free!
The Nintendo Switch Edition release was delisted in order to bring the game up to par with the standard Minecraft experience. It’s possible that Mojang was unable to meet Nintendo’s requirements for software updates and chose to replace the game entirely.
The major advantages of the 1.2.0 version include improved performance on the Switch, newer in-game functionality, cross-platform multiplayer features, and of course, ongoing updates as the original Nintendo Switch Edition is no longer available.
About the Game
“Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Explore randomly-generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off the dangerous mobs.“
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