Nintendo Switch Download Sizes Revealed. SD Cards Go From Luxury To Necessity
Nintendo has released the file sizes for several of the Nintendo Switch’s downloadable games and this list makes it clear that an SD card is no longer a luxury, but a requirement for those wishing to download games.
Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 requires 32 gigabytes of storage space which is the exact amount that comes with the Switch. However, the system’s operating system will take up 6 GB so it is mathematically impossible for that game to fit on the system’s internal memory. Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 launches with the Switch in Japan, but a launch date has not been confirmed for western territories.
That being said, gamers always have the option of buying physical copies for larger titles, but the low-level of onboard memory does make an SD card a near-requirement for many gamers. Granted, such things can be bought for a fairly low price, but it is still a cost that needs to be considered when considering whether to buy Nintendo’s newest console.
The Switch will retail for a relatively low price, but the costs of the system’s accessories, including SD cards, do add up rather quickly. For example, the Pro Controller will cost $70. While by no means necessary, it will certainly be a nice thing to have especially for games like Zelda.
The individual download sizes for several of the Switch’s games can be seen below:
- 1.09 GB: Puyo Puyo Tetris
- 5 GB: Nobunaga’s Ambition
- 7 GB: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- 13.4 GB: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- 5.92 GB: Disgaea 5
- 1.4 GB: I am Setsuna –
- 1.6 GB: Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together
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