Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the biggest Nintendo Switch releases in recent memory, and not just in file size. The scope of the latest Switch brawler is surprisingly large, and packing in all of those unlockable characters, levels, tracks, and hidden goodies requires a fair deal of storage space. Series fans who want to jump in on the new Smash release will certainly be considering how much free space they'll need, and judging by the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate download size, they may even want to consider picking up a spare microSD card.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate download size
The download size for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is listed at 13.6 gigabytes, a fairly hefty file size considering that Nintendo Switch systems only come with 32GB of internal storage. Fully installed, the game rounds out to around 14GB total, with perhaps up to 100MB or so used as part of local data and save storage.
Considering that the Nintendo Switch itself has to use some of the default 32GB storage space for its own file system, players with even a few big-name games or other recent releases probably won't have the 14GB free space required to install Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If that's the case, picking up some extra storage is recommended.
Assuming they need the extra storage space, Switch users can always opt to install the biggest microSD card they can find. However, we know of a little trick: it's entirely possible to use multiple microSD cards with the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to squeeze some extra utility out of older or smaller microSD cards they might have sitting around. The only caveat, understandably, is that cards will have to be swapped out depending on which games the owner wants to play. Considering that many players do that with cartridge-based Switch games already, that shouldn't be too big a deal.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate download size ranks the game among one of the heftier releases for the Nintendo Switch, asking for just around half of what the systems come packed-in with by default. For anyone without some additional storage on board, now is probably the time to start looking into expansion cards. Until then, check out more hot details concerning Nintendo's latest Switch brawler by heading over to Shacknews' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate walkthrough and guide.