Physical copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U require a 3 GB install

Disc or no disc, you'll need to free up space on your Wii U or external drive to experience Link's latest grand adventure.

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Consumers eyeing the physical edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U will need to set aside 3GB of space for select data during installation.

The news comes from a listing for the game on Nintendo of Japan's website (via Nintendo Everything), which mentions that some data from the disc will take up permanent residence following installation.

USB sticks can't be used, according to Nintendo Everything. You'll need to use an external hard drive or free up space on the Wii U's internal storage.

News of Zelda's install size in every possible permutation—physical and digital editions for Switch and Wii U—has been making the rounds following the game's showing at Nintendo's Switch event last week. Digital copies call for 13 GB of space on Wii U and 13.4 GB of the Switch's 32 GB of storage.

On the bright side, Zelda: Breath of the Wild may include dual audio voice tracks, ideal for players who preferred the Japanese voiceover and English subtitles used in the trailer Nintendo showed at the event.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    January 17, 2017 12:26 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Physical copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U require a 3 GB install

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      January 17, 2017 12:26 PM

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      January 17, 2017 1:01 PM

      Way smaller than I assumed it would be... good call considering the sole reason I skipped Xenoblade Chronicles X is because it required a ~20gb install. On a 32gb drive.

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        January 17, 2017 6:18 PM

        it was 10Gb and it was optional.

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          January 17, 2017 6:19 PM

          and you did not have to download all 10 gigs of it

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            January 17, 2017 7:33 PM

            My bad, 20gb for digital version and 10gb for disc. On a 32gb drive.

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      January 17, 2017 1:08 PM

      Only 3 GB?!? This game must be incredibly light on content. That's like half of a Skyrim install. Disappointed.

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        January 17, 2017 1:14 PM

        its using the disc too I think. its like a hard drive cache to improve performance. the digital version is 13gb

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        January 17, 2017 1:17 PM

        I'm sure there's less content in Breath of the Wild than Skyrim (depending on what you consider content, I'm lenient on the term), but I also doubt you can really assess the amount of content based on the size of the install. I'm betting Zelda has significantly less voice acting and lower texture resolution than Skyrim. That'll cut down the game size considerably.

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      January 17, 2017 1:21 PM

      so if i plop a 128GB microSDXC card into MY NEW NINTENDO SWITCH, will that act just like the built in memory? like the "install" can live on there instead of the built in 32GB?

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        January 17, 2017 1:26 PM

        Depends on if it acts like a New 3DS (no, extra steps are need on a PC/Mac) or maybe its automatic.

        Either way, the "extra steps" steps were completely painless for me on macOS. Just format at FAT32 with disk utility.

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          January 17, 2017 1:35 PM

          isn't FAT32 limited to 4GB though? ugh, i'm so far out of it these days. and now i'm seeing that cards rated at a 10 are 80MB/s read speeds, while cards with a 3 on them are 90MB/s?! what the shitting fuck?!

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          January 17, 2017 1:54 PM

          The WiiU used its own disk format that was incompatible with PCs, so it definitely wasn't FAT32 or anything common like that. I just moved a drive over that was connected to a WiiU to another console and it was unreadable by everything I connected it to.

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          January 17, 2017 6:21 PM

          it supports up to 2TB natively

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      January 17, 2017 1:42 PM

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        January 17, 2017 1:58 PM

        Better yet, a digital copy of anything on a Nintendo console. Heard so many horror stories about trying to get digital content back after a console breaks.

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          January 17, 2017 2:15 PM

          It's not nearly as bad as it was so long as you go to Nintendo soon afterwards.

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          January 17, 2017 2:33 PM

          Now that Nintendo has a proper account system I'm assuming switch games will be tied to the account and not the console

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            January 17, 2017 2:46 PM

            You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment.

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            January 17, 2017 8:28 PM

            Oh shit. Did you just assume Nintendo would do something that makes sense when it comes to online anything? Because it seems like you did.

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        January 17, 2017 2:00 PM

        Why... wouldn't you? You're insinuating that something in particular should cause people to abstain from buying digital Zelda games in particular.

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          January 17, 2017 2:20 PM

          I bet the Wii U disc version sealed-copy will be very rare in like, five years.

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        January 17, 2017 2:17 PM

        i bought all my 3ds games digitally, i just didnt care for selling games or carrying cards

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        January 17, 2017 2:25 PM

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        January 17, 2017 2:38 PM

        Why would you ever buy a physical copy of anything when digital was available

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          January 17, 2017 3:02 PM

          depends on how ownership works. if you can't sell a used digital game, then a physical copy is better if you plan to sell the console

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          January 17, 2017 3:07 PM

          Because you can trade it in? Is this a serious question?

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          January 17, 2017 3:12 PM

          Some people like to collect the boxes. Others like to resell their games when finished.

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          January 17, 2017 3:18 PM

          Because, insanely, it's way cheaper. I get 20% off physical games with amazon prime but as far as I know amazon.ca doesn't offer digital copies.

          Plus lending it to friends, bandwidth limitations, hard drive space or having a collection if that appeals to you. So a whole bunch of reasons.

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            January 17, 2017 7:37 PM

            and 5% back if you have the Amazon VISA!

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          January 17, 2017 7:39 PM

          Because Nintendo's system is ass, unlike Steam.

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      January 17, 2017 3:01 PM

      I still haven't installed the second mario kart DLC because it doesn't fit on the storage, and I haven't wanted to go buy a hard drive. I'll probably make it happen for Zelda though!

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      January 17, 2017 3:05 PM

      How much space is there on a Wii U anyways? I've never looked at that stuff...

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