'Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition' Update Brings Cross-Platform Play in June

Nintendo announced Minecraft for the Switch will re-release in stores for physical purchase as well as receive a big update. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will drop in June and update the Bedrock Engine to allow for cross-platform play.

The Bedrock version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will be sold for $29.99, but players who already own the game will receive the free June update.

This version of Minecraft for Switch contains all previously released content including the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack exclusive to Nintendo and all DLC. However, this update/version will allow for cross-play with Minecraft players on other platforms like Xbox One and Android mobile phones.

Also, Minecraft will support the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership when it launches in September as well as Xbox Live achievements and Gamerscore.

The update will also include a new in-game store called the Minecraft Marketplace, which will let players obtain community-created content like skins, worlds and textures for their Minecraft World using MINECOINS, a new virtual in-game currency. Players will also gain access to new mini-games and game modes through online community-run servers.

An exact release date for this big Minecraft update was not given, but considering E3 2018 is in June it's likely being saved for Nintendo's announcements on June 12. Nintendo's E3 2018 video presentation is focused on Switch titles with a spotlight on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game, but there may be a mention about when this Minecraft update will occur, so stay tuned on June 12 for that information.

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