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uniflu1976

Hi,
I'm having an incredibly frustrating time trying to allow two switches to play Minecraft locally within the same world-i.e. the devices are beside each other.
Can anyone please point me towards or provide step by step instructions to allow two players to play in the same world. Both devices have a purchased version of Minecraft, one a cartridge, the other a download.
I've tried all sorts of changes to parental settings and logging in with Microsoft accounts etc. However I just find the whole process incredibly confusing.

The Minecraft version is the one for the Switch that includes Mario Mashup

Many thanks

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WoomyNNYes

@uniflu1976 Maybe this will get you running? This youtube shows the menus for setting up local wireless multliplayer for Minecraft.

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uniflu1976

That worked. Thanks very much! Now to work out how to have split screen on the TV! Any ideas?!

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WoomyNNYes

@uniflu1976 After you load up a world, if you hit (+) button, it allows another player join, and it turns into split screen mode. Keep in mind, this video is 3 years old. More recent videos on youtube were painful to watch, but it appears things are still the same. Give that (+) button a try.

I pasted the video to play at the moment they show it (so you don't have to sit through a bunch of talking)

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uniflu1976

Hi,

Thanks for that. I don't have a JoyCon controller, just two switches. Does that make any difference? I've been able to get one to join the other world however one is display on TV and the other on their switch. I'm looking to get both onto the TV in splitscreen mode. Any ideas please?

uniflu1976

WoomyNNYes

@uniflu1976 With Minecraft, I believe the split screen function is only available for when you play multiplayer on one console. When searched for Minecraft multiplayer tutorials. I only saw splitscreen for mulitiplayer while playing on one console.

If your TV console only has one user created, you'll need to create another Switch console user. In the upper left of the Switch home screen, you'll see one or more circles with a character in them. The number of circles = number of created users. If you only have one, you'll need to make another from the Switch console settings. (to create new user, open gear icon bottom of Switch home screen, scroll down to Users, then create new user).

The (+) button is on all Switch controllers, not just joycons.

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Great thanks for that

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@uniflu1976 You're welcome

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I’d love some additional help on this topic. I, too, have been trying to figure out local play on switch. I’ve got 2 cartridges and 2 issues that I can tell. To start, I watched the video. It was so straightforward, I could vomit 🙂. First issue seems like I can not set up a multiplayer world. Not on the parent switch or the kid switch. I’m thinking it’s privacy settings. Is it?? And if it is, how can I find privacy settings for Nintendo switch that doesn’t send me to Xbox??

I really think this may be the issue. Any insight would be SO helpful.

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I am having this issue too. Sorry to jump on the thread, but I’ve been Googling to try & find a fix. My 2 boys both have their own switches & minecraft accounts BUT while they have their own Nintendo accounts, they share the software bought online as one is set to primary switch to do this. They USED to be able to join each other’s worlds online, but can’t seem to recently. They can meet all their friends & join their worlds, while playing at the same time, just not each other?? I’m guessing it’s maybe because they’re using the same copy of minecraft at the same time on different switches? Surprised it doesn’t disallow this though? As it does with other software. But like I say, they USED to be able to play online together or local multiplayer with no issue? Tbh I’ve got to the point where I would gladly pay £20 to buy the other his own copy so he could play with his brother & his friends at the same time, but herein lies the problem; he’s only able to play all the other online software we bought because he uses his older brothers purchases in the Nintendo shop as his switch is set to primary. This fries my head a bit & im thinking if I bought no.2 his own game card of minecraft, it might solve the issue? Would it? Or is there another way I could try? The error messages hes getting when trying to join with his brother on local player are ‘a communication error occurred. Downloaded software and downloadable content purchased using this Nintendo account can only be played on one console at a time’. When trying to join him on online mode it’s ‘unable to connect to world’.
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WoomyNNYes

@-freckles- I'll do my best here.

That one copy of Minecraft is tied to the account that bought it(I'll call that Switch A). Short answer is, you'll need to buy a second copy of Minecraft to do what you want. Swtich B needs to be set up as a primary console and have it's own copy of the game.

I'm guessing Switch B be be set up as a non-primary console? Primar & non-primary consoles aren't supposed to play at the same time. That primary & non-primary console set up is designed for one owner that has two Switch consoles - They have console for tv, and a Switch Lite for on-the-go travel. Technically the Switch system thinks the Primary & Non-Primary console is the same person. Both consoles need to be set up as Primary consoles.

For people new to the Switch, this sticking point sometimes takes a bit to digest If it's tough to understand, and nintendo support pages are overwhelming, you can call Nintendo support. Nintendo UK support's contact page looks like an email form, but after you go through 2 or three 3 drop boxes on the page, it will give you their phone number
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Contact/General-Customer-S...

Here are a few pages regarding primary consoles that may be relevant.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/list/st/...

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Thank you for your reply. I think the easiest thing to do is buy a £20 game card & have him play that way? As Minecraft is the only game they both like to play together at the same time that gives us any issues when sharing online purchases?
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WoomyNNYes

@-freckles-

If both consoles play offline, single player, you can do that.
If you want to play splitscreen two player on one console, you can do that. (player 2 can play in player 1's minecraft world)
If they want to play minecraft together using two consoles over local wireless, you need two copies of the game.

Now, if that doesn't work, Switch B needs to be set up differently, it needs it's own nintendo account. This is where I struggle to communicate how to do this, if I can't see the consoles in front of me. This is where you'll benefit from talking to Nintendo support over a phone line. They're trained to help a parent set up, and over the phone you can have a quicker back and forth exchange that gets you on your way without trying your patience.

If you call, they may point you to a nintendo support page with the outline you need. It can really streamline things if you have nintendo's site booted up before you call.

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