'Minecraft' Switch eShop Release Time: On what date can I download it from Nintendo?


It's nearly Minecraft release time on Nintendo Switch. The game continues to find itself on nearly all gaming platforms, and that continues with Nintendo's home console/portable hybrid. Those hoping to buy a physical cartridge of Minecraft will have to wait a while. But if you're OK with downloading the game to your Switch's memory, your time has finally come. Almost.

Minecraft Switch release time: When can we expect the eShop to get the game?

According to Nintendo's official site, Minecraft will hit the eShop at 6 p.m. Eastern time on May 11. 4J Studios, which works on Minecraft, tweeted information backing it up.

Minecraft on the Switch strengthens the game's list of supported consoles, joining the ranks of Nintendo Wii U, PS4, Xbox, PC and more. When downloaded, the game takes up 512MB of your Switch's storage space. 

Unlike the Wii U, the Switch does not give you the option of pre-downloading the game in advance. While the game shows up in the eShop's "Coming Soon" section and you're able to add it to your Wish List, you can't buy the game and download it early. Those interested in buying will have to check the eShop at 9 p.m. Eastern to snag the $29.99 game.

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