Nintendo Reveals Nintendo Switch Digital Game Installation Sizes

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 21, 2017 04:40 AM EST

When the Nintendo Switch was announced, players were reportedly concerned about its small 32GB internal storage. The internal storage size is also apparently shared by the game system's Operating System (OS), which actually results in a much lower capacity than what was advertised. Some gamers were concerned about the file size for some games, which might present a problem for players who want to download digital copies instead.

IGN notes that Nintendo of Japan has published the file size for some of the hybrid console's games. It is worth noting that one game on their list already exceeds the internal storage capacity of the device. "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" apparently takes up 13.4GB of space, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is 7GB, "Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!" is 1.60GB, "Disgaea 5" uses up 5.92GB, "Puyo Puyo Tetris" is 1.09GB, "Nobunaga's Ambition" takes up 5GB and "I Am Setsuna" uses 1.40GB.

"Dragon Quest Heroes I-II" is by far the largest installation and requires more than the internal storage of the Nintendo Switch. It apparently needs 32GB of storage space, which is obviously the entire internal memory space of the game system. The developer has reportedly confirmed that the game requires an SD card in order to install and run. It was also noted that the physical copies of the do not require any installation, unlike Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4.

Other upcoming titles as well as launch games did not have their file size information available for some reason, but the information seems to support the speculations that most gamers who prefer digital download will really need to get a memory card form the start.

In other news related to the Nintendo Switch official launch, Nintendo is reportedly now letting players set up their Nintendo Account User IDs, reports Gamespot. Players might want to sign up as early as now to reserve their preferred ID names, which will be most likely used for online multiplayer services. The Switch is scheduled for retail on March 3, 2017 and will be priced at around $300.

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