Nintendo Switch owners who intend to buy their games digitally will most definitely want to invest in some additional storage.
IGN spotted a list of download sizes for some of the Switch’s digital launch titles, and one in particular stands out – Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, which has a file size of 32GB.
The Switch comes with 32GB of internal storage. However, as reported by Polygon, only 25.9GB of this is available as free space for users, with a chunk presumably taken up by the operating system.
This means that there isn’t enough to room to download the RPG title without adding in additional memory. The site specifies this for potential buyers.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, meanwhile, weighs in at 13.4GB, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be 7GB, Disgaea 5 is 5.92GB and Nobunaga’s Ambition is 5GB. Smaller titles include Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together (1.6GB), I Am Setsuna (1.4GB) and Puyo Puyo Tetris (1.09GB).
Note that these games are part of the Japanese launch line-up, and not all of them have so far been confirmed for the West.
The one bit of good news for Switch owners is that unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Switch will not install physical games, so running a game off a card will not eat into the memory reserve.
Storage woes were also an issue for Wii U owners. That console launched with two SKUs, the cheaper of which included a meagre 8GB of internal storage. The other boasted 32GB. In that instance Nintendo allowed owners to attach external hard drives to their consoles. However, in the case of the Switch – which is designed to be portable – hooking up an external HDD is not a practical option, hence the integrated SD card port.
Switch will launch on March 3rd.