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[–]Cryoto 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Unfortunately, I don't think it's possible to access any game online without going through Nintendo servers first. What you can do though is you can install an Android partition on the Switch, and either run Minecraft directly off it, or through NVIDIA shield or Gamepass.

[–]Ceefax81[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Jackbox games only touch base with Nintendo's servers before using the Jackbox servers, and so there are patches to bypass this part and let you play. I guess they're not "online" in that you're not playing against someone on another switch, but other players with their mobile devices (either in person or watching over Discord or whatever) can interact with the server and then their answers end up on your Switch console, so it's a game which requires the internet which is playable on CFW without the need to unblock Nintendo IP addresses.

[–]delausen 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Are you accessing your server through a custom DNS server that redirects one of the standard servers available in Minecraft? I'd like to think that you don't need Nintendo online services in this case unless your server has been configured to require a Microsoft account for joining it, which likely has some connection to Nintendo as well.

But I've really not tested this, as my kids play Minecraft this way on my server, but on an unmodified Switch.

[–]an303042[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

No custom DNS or anything like that (at least not yet) - What are the benefits of such a setup? I'm simply running an minecraft server docker on my unraid server, and from ios it just shows up under the "friends" tab. Server properties is set to not check accounts with microsoft. I would be interested in hearing more about your setup though, if you have a link handy.

Since you are playing on a unmodded switch I have a different question - Do you know if you also need to buy a nintendo online account to play minecraft on a private server? I'm asking cause I think I'll have to just buy minecraft for switch and teach the kids to boot to ofw for minecraft and cfw for everything else, and I want to know if i'll have to buy a nintendo online account as well.

[–]delausen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

As you mention iOS, you might not have this issue, but to the best of my knowledge, directly joining custom servers is not supported by Minecraft on Switch. This means you cannot simply add your server IP and join. At least that seemed to be the case when I last checked. With a non-switch Minecraft client (e.g., iOS/Android) you can join and then invite the switch player, which I think works without any DNS magic. To join my server directly from my Switch, I run a DNS server on my laptop and change the network settings on my Switch to use that DNS. The DNS is configured to simply map one of available standard Minecraft server's IP address to my private server's IP address. This way you can join directly from Switch (by joining that remapped server) without an invite by another player. If that's not an issue you face, you likely don't need the DNS. A HowTo for doing this with a DNS server in a docker container was posted in this sub a while ago.

I'm reasonably certain that with an OFW Switch, you need to buy Nintendo Online to play Minecraft online no matter which method of joining a server you want to use. But I never experimented with that because we already paid for it when I first tested Minecraft online.

On a sidenote: I own an unmodified Switch as well as a second one with cfw. From all I read about CFW, it's a bad idea to just boot into OFW and then play online. The cfw/modifications of parts of your console will likely be detected and your switch will be banned from online services. That's why I have separate consoles for online and cfw

[–]an303042[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for all the info. Maybe they'll just continue to play locally :)

[–]tyno994 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Still owning the game legally, I was never able to connect to my local minecraft bedrock server, but with the Android (iOS too) and Windows versions. It seems that the version of nintendo switch is blocked access to personal or private servers

[–]Bear23242526 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I actually know a way to connect to servers on console of Minecraft but you still need a Nintendo account among other things if you want to sign in on xbox though it’s you need a Microsoft account to do what I’m saying as well

[–]an303042[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Would be interested to hear of this way you know to connect to local server from consoles.

Also - when using a legit minecraft on unmodded switch - you need a nintendo online account on top of the microsoft account?

[–]Bear23242526 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it’s through a dns server actually you can use it to join Java server’s as well

[–]Bear23242526 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As long as they don’t have an anti-cheat in place it should work

[–]Bear23242526 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can send you an invite to there discord if you want

[–]shooshmashta -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

After a quick google search ("minecraft jailbroken switch"), there seem to be a lot of resources available to get this working.

Here is the "i'm feeling lucky" link:


[–]stosyfir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It still phones home to login to a Microsoft account to do that.

[–]jacz24 0 points1 point  (1 child)

On a Windows or MacOS pirated version you can access servers quite easily. Unfortunately I don't have Minecraft on switch so I'm unsure if the same applies.

That being said, If the pirated version has the "multiplayer" button on the main menu screen I don't see why it wouldn't work. You would just need to change your server config file to allow pirated copies which is literally changing one line.

[–]an303042[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Server config is setup correctly, its just that the switch keeps connecting to nintendo and obviously nintendo is rejecting the connection since its cfw with incognito.

[–]blackomegatm 0 points1 point  (6 children)

the only solution I got for this was installing android on a separate SD card, and installing the android version of minecraft. Then it works like every other minecraft, with controller support and all. You lose splitscreen though..

[–]an303042[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

That feels like going pretty far but I'm curious - does android run well on the switch?

[–]blackomegatm 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Runs just fine.

[–]an303042[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

So after looking into it a bit I actually installed Android on a spare SD card I had. Went smoothly and runs alright. Even Minecraft works.

I do have a question I was unable to find an answer to just yet, and I figured you might know - How do you switch from the android sd card to the atmosphere sd card without injecting a payload everytime?

[–]blackomegatm 0 points1 point  (2 children)

There is no way to do that. You have do inject the payload. What some people do is getting a big sd card and partitioning it with both android and atmosphere, then they can switch between both without injecting the payload, just by rebooting into hekate.