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Nintendo Switch Launch Game File Sizes Revealed

Nintendo’s Japanese website has revealed the file sizes for some of the Nintendo Switch’s launch window titles, and they’re hefty, to say the least.

First thing’s first, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will set you back about 14 gigabytes if you download it from the eShop. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will require 7 gigabytes, and both Snipperclips and Puyo Puyo Tetris will only set you back about 1 gigabyte each.

However, the heftiest title seems to be Dragon Quest Heroes I+II. The game is exactly 32 gigabytes, which means you would need a micro SD card to download the title. While the game has no western release quite yet, prepare to cough up the cash for an SD card if you want to play digital.

Nintendo Switch launches March 3rd for 299.99$.


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39 comments
  1. surashu
    surashu
    February 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I’m interested in seeing the performance (speed) users will get to experience with an expansion SD card.

  2. HowlJenkins
    HowlJenkins
    February 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

    You obviously can’t fault Nintendo for not sticking an HDD or SSD right into the switch, but it would have been cool if the dock housed it’s own hard drive. Even 100GB would have been nice.

  3. surashu
    surashu
    February 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I’m having trouble trying to justify $89.99 for the dock if it doesn’t do much more than be a stand for the Switch and an HDMI adapter basically.

  4. bomblord
    bomblord
    February 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Good thing Micro-SD is so cheap. A quick google search shows a 64GB for $15.99 with adapter.

    Probably better to physical with the switch anyway no mandatory installs.

  5. FinalFight
    FinalFight
    February 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    While the dock having its own hard drive would be nice, I think they want to stress the main point of the Switch as being able to just pop the system in and out of the dock quickly and easily. Having games on the dock rather than the system itself would render that impossible without having to shuffle things between the system’s memory and the dock’s memory before being able to remove the system from the dock.

    Plus you know they’d charge you another $50 for the system if it came with a hard drive.

  6. catazxy
    catazxy
    February 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

    It was just a matter of time, but most people are fine with buying a bigger SD card. But an internal 64GB from the start would have been much smarter for nintendo.

  7. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    February 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

    The HD space was one of the biggest issues with the Vita and the Switch may have a similar problem to a lesser degree. It may limit the AAA releases on the system, but this was expected.

    I wonder what the physical form of DQH1&2 will be like. The cartridges are supposedly around 16GB, so I guess this could be 2 separate ones.

  8. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

    For that price though, it’s not going to be a particularly fast card. Unfortunately when it comes to gaming, read speed matters.

  9. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 20, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Good thing it’s included in the box, then!

  10. HowlJenkins
    HowlJenkins
    February 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Yeah they definitely would hike the price up despite the unusually high prices for the controllers and the dock itself.

  11. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

    How was storage and issue on the Vita? I have a 64 GB card with tons of PSOne and PSP digital games, some Vita digital games, and plenty of updates / DLC / save files for physical games and I still have like 16 GB free.

  12. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    February 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Without the extra memory it only had 1 GB of space. The price of the memory cards of the Vita contributed to its lack of success. In fairness the biggest games on the system were 3-4 GB, which will not compare to the NS ones, but still.

    Also the 64GB card is a Japan exclusive, so you had to import it, which adds to the cost. My 32GB one is quite sufficient given that I usually go for physical releases.

  13. Gillman
    Gillman
    February 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I mean, I do have a 64 gig as well, but when I bought it it cost almost as much as the system, so there is a little problem with that.

    Nintendo also isn’t using special cards, though. They are using Micro-SD. A format that has been around for awhile and is pretty cheap at this point.

  14. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    February 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Yeah, this is why I said it will be less of a problem for the NS.

  15. Maelstrom
    Maelstrom
    February 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    It sucks, but at least they take standard forms of microSD cards, unlike the vita.

  16. sAy_YaS
    sAy_YaS
    February 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    If they are not going to include a hard drive they should at least include a micro sd card with the system.

  17. Ace
    Ace
    February 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Wait, what’s the internal capacity of the Nintendo Switch?

  18. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    February 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Not very big. Zelda alone takes up like 40% of its standard memory.

  19. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Facts. They don’t need to pull a Vita with this release.

  20. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    And how much did it cost you? Because you sure as shit didn’t get that card with the system.

  21. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I paid about $80 for mine on Amazon. I could have gotten a 128 GB (or more) microSD card for that price though. Sony definitely screwed up by using proprietary memory cards, but it’s not nearly as bad as some people try to claim.

  22. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    About $80 on Amazon. I spent about the same for both upgrading my PS4 to a 2 TB hard drive and adding a 2 TB external drive to my Xbox One, since 500 GB is a joke for how much space even physical games use. It’s hardly a burden.

  23. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    February 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Better than needing to buy a new HDD if you want to play physical, like the Xbox One and PS4 with games over 100 GB.

  24. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    February 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This. It’s REALLY cute how people tried to spin this into saying Nintendo is incompetent.

    I’ll be able to take my Switch out of the box and play it. My Xbox One took forever to update and install games.

  25. Pico
    Pico
    February 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    It doesn’t even come with an extra charger

  26. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    February 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    It was a pretty bad decision on their part, that’s for sure.

  27. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    February 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Shut the fuck up, Cody. Your shitty presence is only permitted here for purposes of equality, nobody would be sad if you just disappeared. Nobody likes you on any of the sites you post on. Under any of the names you use. Nobody likes you anonymously on /v/ either, and I hope to god nobody takes anything you post seriously.

  28. LibidinBoy
    LibidinBoy
    February 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Hey dude
    I hate travis like any decent human being, but your post doesnt add anything in any form. As shitty as most opinions from travis are, at least he is trying to make a point. Check that minimun standard bar

  29. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    32GB with 7 of that reserved. I wouldn’t have a problem with double that, but it comes pretty cheap as it stands.

  30. RetroGamer
    RetroGamer
    February 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Being able to simply stick a cart into a system and immediately play it sounds quite nice — kind of like the good ole’ days.

  31. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    February 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Pulling a Vita would be having a very expensive proprietary format. Not micro sd cards when the system is largely intended to play physical media in the first place.

  32. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    February 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    It just gets frustrating after seeing his crappy trolling on /v/ for so long, and then starting to see him pop up in more and more places, baiting tons of people. But perhaps I was too venomous. Just wanted to get my point across to him.

  33. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    No-one takes him seriously, I can assure you that. Meanwhile you really need to just let go and just ignore his shilling, an abusive tirade really helps no-one. You can block him anyway if you click on the arrow on the corner of posts if he shits you so much.

  34. Shinoji
    Shinoji
    February 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    …just when I made my piece about the paid-for online, they do this crap. Fine, MicroSDs are what, thirty bucks at most for a sixty four gig card? I swear if it wasn’t for the games themselves, I’d have washed my hands of them already. It’s amazing how I went from a huge fan to a jaded consumer in the course of months.

  35. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    And do you think Nintendo’s audience these days is that hardcore? And if you think an extra $80 for frankly a proper amount of memory on a $300 is “hardly a burden” then you really should pay attention to the Vita’s sales. I own one and a phat SD card as well. The Vita still failed due to price and due to them not using a standard SD format. If you think we’re going to see another PS Handheld you’re living in dreamland.

    The majority of console gamers don’t upgrade their drives either.

  36. Ruggarell
    Ruggarell
    February 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Shit console I hope it flops as it deserves. Stop being cheap Nintendo.

  37. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    February 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I never thought about it like that; it’s almost like a turbographix hucard at this point!

  38. Ruggarell
    Ruggarell
    February 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    The wii and Wii U was shit as well I’m not sure what made you excited for this next console.

  39. Shinoji
    Shinoji
    February 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I liked both of those consoles, that’s why. Both have their problems, but the Switch’s issues are nearly more than I can take.