Start planning ahead your memory space
When Nintendo first announced that the Switch would have 32 GB of internal memory, some people were quick to criticize it, as they believed more was needed, considering the file size of some of today’s biggest games.
Those who own a PS4 or Xbox One can testify to how tedious it can get having to delete games just to be able to download others to play. As far as those consoles go, it is impossible to avoid it, as even though you may be buying the physical disc for a game, it still requires you to download the full game to the HDD for quicker reads.
This isn’t the case with the Nintendo Switch, as it is the first “console” to use cartridges since the Nintendo 64, but for those who prefer digital media, you might find yourselves quickly running out of space.
Nintendo-town which is a French website has provided what seem to be the expected file sizes to some of the Nintendo Switch games. This could help you have an idea of how much memory you will need free, either internal or microSD.
The file sizes for the games provided:
- Dragon Quest Heroes I & II – 32 GB
- I Am Setsuna – 1.40 GB
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4 GB
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5 GB
- Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB
- Snipperclips – 1.60 GB
We should clarify that Dragon Quest Heroes I & II is actually two separate games, but the 32 GB of file size would be impossible to be downloaded on a Switch console without added memory through a microSD Card. As far as the others, it gives you a clear indication on what we can expect when it comes to other digital games, so start planning ahead on when you will need added memory and what size would be enough.