Nintendo Switch Digital Game Sizes Announced

Nintendo of Japan has revealed digital download sizes for several Nintendo Switch games.


Nintendo of Japan has revealed the digital download sizes of several Nintendo Switch games on their website. While we already knew how much space The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would take up, these other titles space requirements were a mystery until now. One of the major criticisms of the Nintendo Switch's design is the relatively low 32 GB internal storage capacity. Unfortunately, some of these digital game sizes may lend credence to these complaints.

Nintendo Switch Digital Download Sizes

The listed Nintendo Switch games and their download sizes are:

  • 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

While most of these titles are small compared to what we're used to seeing on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, one of them would take up the entirety of the Nintendo Switch's internal storage. In fact, given that part of the Switch's internal storage must be dedicated to the Switch OS, you more than likely can't purchase and download Dragon Quest Heroes I+II digitally without at least a 64 GB microSD card.

With storage so precious on the Nintendo Switch, there's a good chance that physical game cards will be the most popular form for Switch games. Unfortunately, with Nintendo's history of physical product shortages, if you want a hard copy of a game, you may be in for a fight.

We'll know more about the Nintendo Switch and its storage requirements as its March 3 release date approaches.

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    February 20, 2017 10:30 AM

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      February 20, 2017 10:36 AM

      Thank you!

      Good to see my strategy of "multiplayer games are downloaded, single player games on cartridge" appears to be holding up.

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        February 20, 2017 11:52 AM

        Hmm interesting, I am totally cool to collect cartridges I wonder if installed internally will run faster? Probably not, if they run the same I will 100% only buy physical cause that way you also own it for life.

        I am sure most of us regret selling our SNES, NES, and Genesis cartridges and probably re bought most of twice or three times over.

        Also the Wii U had external hard drive support I am sure the Switch will have that as well for the home mode or just buy a massive SD add on.

        In short sure it sucks the internal is so small but I am not worried. It seems like they have it all covered, and to me the best part is the disk based IO is dead(its so slow, loud, can break etc) and they use cartridges now its about time.

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          February 20, 2017 11:59 AM

          I've rebought a few games I still own physical versions of on the original media in part because I know that original media won't last forever either and the newer stuff is statistically going to last a bit longer but yeah. I totally get what you're saying.

          The primary reason for my strategy is that I don't want to have gone "shit, I forgot that one" when I bring it over to my bro's or something for local mutliplayer awesomeness.

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            February 20, 2017 12:12 PM

            Yeah, the best is to do both Digital and physical if you can, but of course that is twice the price but I think its worth it personally.

            Good call on the MP that is a smart thing to do since MP does not last forever so physical is sort of pointless for we know servers don't last like SP games. I am going to do the same thing as you and MP and go digital only.

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              February 20, 2017 12:45 PM

              I think I'm going to give myself a rule of it the game is over 12GB, get a physical copy. I'd rather digital only, but losing 13GB just to Zelda is just hard to justify when it'll be cheaper from amazon with prime.

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                February 20, 2017 1:28 PM

                Yeah with the size of the drive it sort of points to physical.

                Exactly this -> "amazon with prime", to be able to sit at home and to have a truck and person hand deliver the physical copy to your door and you don't touch your bandwidth cap is a massive plus and = win win. To me that option wins every time over digital for a console game.

                I do agree though to be able at midnight to press a button and X game downloads right away is epic. When you are able to play the game right away with digital in a few hours is awesome but not a do or die situation. Personally I am totally cool to wait a few more hours.

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                  February 20, 2017 1:49 PM

                  Puyo Puyo Tetris and Mario Kart will live on my Switch forever. I can see Zelda and other larger games being played for a spell and put back on the shelf.

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                    February 20, 2017 1:55 PM

                    Yup, part of the reasoning I have for my rule... at this time. I might also put games with exceedingly long lives such as Animal Crossing on there as well.

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