If you were planning on going the digital download route with the Nintendo Switch when it releases in a couple weeks, you’re going to want to go and pick up some memory cards. Unlike the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 which come in 500GB and 1TB configurations (the Xbox One is also available with a 2TB hard drive), the Nintendo Switch’s internal storage is limited to 32GB. Of that, just over 6GB is reserved for the operating system and you’re left with a mere 26GB for storing games.
So just how fast is that going to fill up? IGN discovered the install sizes for a number of games from the Nintendo Japan website, and there’s even a game listed that won’t fit on the console at all — Dragon Quest Heroes I & II. That game comes in at a whopping 32GB, while others range from just over 1GB to 13.4GB. Depending on what you download and install, you’ll be lucky to fit four or five games on the Nintendo Switch.
The game install sizes for the following games have been revealed:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4 GB
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB
- Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! – 1.60 GB
- Disgaea 5 – 5.92 GB
- Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB
- I Am Setsuna – 1.40 GB
- Dragon Quest Heroes I·II – 32 GB
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5 GB
So, as you can see, if you choose to download and install The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you’ll be out of room on the Nintendo Switch’s internal memory. Fortunately, unlike the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, physically purchased games run straight off the game card and don’t install to the Nintendo Switch itself.
Still, if you prefer the digital download route, the Switch supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size, although the highest you can purchase at the moment is 512GB. A 256GB microSD card will set you back between $100 and $200USD, so you might have to factor that into the cost of the $299 console as well.
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