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File sizes for numerous Switch games

Posted on February 19, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Nintendo has updated its Japanese website with the file sizes for a number of upcoming Switch games. Dragon Quest I-II seems to be the biggest of the bunch out of the initial lineup at 32 GB.

Here’s the listing of sizes we know about thus far:

– Dragon Quest Heroes I-II – 32 GB
– Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB
– Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power-Up Kit – 5 GB
– Snipperclips – 1.60 GB
– I Am Setsuna – 1.40 GB
– Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB

Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s size was reported awhile back. That one requires 13.4 GB of space.

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  • ben

    DQ1/2 are huge….

    • NepNepsPudding

      On PS4, DQ Heroes alone is 26GB. 32 GB for both games is impressive.

      • Uchiha_Itachi

        how much is vita version? it looks good too

  • Melatelo

    32 GB for Dragon Quest? Seems like memory is holding it back big time which is a real shame. I can only imagine what kind of downgrades we are going to see with 2 full DQH games in one package. The first one alone was almost 30GB. A little concerning. I hope they increase the memory limit going forward.

    • Addy

      Should have released it as two separate game cards in a single package rather then cramming both in one.

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        This….
        It may be more cost effective to do that, but the game suffers for it…

        • Addy

          And we have to suffer with PS3 level of graphics, and maybe even poor optimization.

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            The first one is a definite, the second one…? I dunno.

          • Addy

            Was the second one released on PS3? I know it’s on the Vita.

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            I wasn’t clear, I meant the optimization thing. The PS3 graphics are a definite.

      • Rickster

        Compression works wonders.

    • flameraver64

      The first one is 20gb on PC which at least in terms of graphics isn’t downgraded at all. File size doesn’t really indicate anything about optimization or how well it runs

    • Jack Red

      You aren’t taking into consideration that 1. The games can have their filesizes cut if both game share similar assets. You’ve also got to take in the fact that the games probably also don’t have the files that’re required to be installed directly onto the system. Look at Skyrim Special Edition for example. On PS4, it’s 20gb. On XboxOne, it’s 17gb and on PC it’s 12gb. Those extra GB on PS4 and XboxOne don’t come just from the assets. They also come from all of the files that need to be pre-installed onto the consoles which PC doesn’t require. So the game isn’t 30gb mainly because assets had to be downgraded. It also comes from not needing to pre-install files to get the games to be fully playable on the system like PS4 and XboxOne need to do.

      • Melatelo

        You don’t think having a limit of 32 GB to squeeze in both full games will have a limitation on the game? Of course like you said, optimisation plays a big part of it…but I can’t help but wonder if these 32GB limit’s are going to be a problem for developers. I have no doubt Nintendo will increase the size in the future however.

        • TruExtent

          32 GB should be plenty. A standard Blu-Ray is 25 GB while a dual layered is 50 GB. Factor in the downsized textures etc. and the faster read speeds and 32 GB seems to be a good in between. That said, when Kojima asked for a bigger 3DS cartridge for MGS3D, Nintendo made a bigger one. I have no doubt the cartridge size will increase later.

        • Jack Red

          I’m not saying that there wasn’t a limitation, but it isn’t entirely because the system is slightly weaker than the XboxOne. Not to mention, I think that Nintendo had already brought up about developers being allowed to have access to Cards with a higher amount of GB. So, it could just be SquareEnix had managed to get the game optimized easily. Main thing to be curious about is what Skyrim Switch Special Edition’s filesize will be. That can tell us whether or not it is possible to have games be downgraded to where they can be playable on the Switch, yet still look real good.

    • R.Z.

      There may be some shared assets between both games, but the downgrade is undeniable.

    • hi v3.0

      It totally explains the bad frame rates that we are constantly seeing

  • Addy

    Mario Kart 8 for Wii U was 4.9 GB compared to Deluxe’s 7 GB. Just thought that I should point that out.

    • ya but was that 4.9 GB before the DLC…

    • TruExtent

      Was that before or after DLC added on? Because Deluxe includes all the DLC and the revamped Battle Mode.

      • ya maybe even more stuff they yet have not shown off

        • TruExtent

          I feel like they have a few more battle modes to show of besides the standard Balloon Battle and the Bob-omb thing. I’m curious as to if they will bother bringing back the Wii U’s crappy iteration. I get the feeling that the circuit style battle could have worked with Baby Park since that track is small and quick enough to get around to not get boring.

          • Addy

            No, I never want to see that abomination, leave it in the burning dumpster.

          • TruExtent

            You would rather leave it burning rather than explode it? I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want to listen to it scream “I SWEAR I’M A GOOD MODE” as it slowly died. Explode it; quick, painless, easier to forget.

          • Addy

            It deserves a slow and searing death. Also, just chuck it behind a Denny’s, late at night.

      • Addy

        Before, don’t know how much data DLC took.

    • awng781

      The addition of real battle mode, a bunch of extra characters, and all the DLC will make the original game bigger. Shocking!!!

  • yup…….. Nintendo should have really made Switch 64 GB at least…. but hey they wanted a profit……

    • amak11

      Nand is expensive and it doesnt drain batteries. Cry more when you have to pay for a Patiot, Samsung, Sandisk, corsair… etc microSD card

    • They should have had a 500gb minimum. That was the last gen standard, so there’s no excuse.

      • OverKing53

        Of course, there’s an excuse. The system is portable and has much technics. They could have made the Switch with 500 GB. But the Switch would then cost at least 200$ more.

      • John Adney

        comparing the storage capacity of a system where every game you buy has to be installed to the storage capacity of a system where games play directly off the game media is really ignorant.

        • Look. We live in a day and age where free 1TB cloud storage is possible for any portable device (ex. OneDrive from Microsoft). Therefore, you’re not going to tell me that 500gb couldn’t be possible on the Nintendo Switch. Heck, it really should be possible on EVERY console today. But console gaming has yet to fully embrace the existence of cloud storage.

          • John Adney

            this is completely irrelevant. the nintendo switch also has infinite cloud storage; it’s called the nintendo eshop, and it allows you to download and play any of your electronic purchases no matter how many you’ve made.

  • called it. you are gonna need one really expensive sd card if you want this system to be truly portable

    • Addy

      64 GB micro SDs aren’t that expensive if you look hard enough.

      • so you can fit dragon quest heroes and two other games

        • Addy

          Then get a bigger micro SD, the Switch can handle 2 TB ones when they come out. Also, buy physical copies.

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Uh…. Are we talking digital purchases or physical…? Cause I don’t think the data for games is gonna take up that much space if you have the physical release.

          • Addy

            He’s talking about digital, I’m guessing.

        • amak11

          Why are you assuming digital only? scrub get out of here…

    • powerprotoman

      or you know just buy physical copies of your games that makes it possible to now shell out for an expensive SD card

      • im just gonna stick with wiiu

        • awng781

          Whenever people say “I’ll stick with Wii U”, I hope they realize that Zelda is all that the console will get before its official discontinuation.

          • TruExtent

            Well… Darksiders Warmastered is technically still on it’s way. They just haven’t given it a release date.

          • awng781

            Come on…you know what I mean…

          • TruExtent

            My apologies.

          • Addy

            Not true, there’s still Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Just Dance 2018, and about 80 RCMADIAX games.

          • ForeVision

            Possibly even Just Dance 2019 for that matter.

          • SpectralDynamite

            *chimes in as the one guy who will unashamedly get Just Dance*

          • ForeVision

            *waves*

          • SpectralDynamite

            *waves back with the dumbest smile on his face and proceeds to bust a move*

          • that’s fine, i still havent played star fox or shin megami tensei or paper mario or a lot of other games

            it’s not like switch has a lot of games coming out for it

          • awng781

            “it’s not like switch has a lot of games coming out for it”

            A helluva lot more than Wii U, that’s for sure, though statements like this are too opinion based, espelcially if you dislike 3D Mario, Xenoblade, the Warriors games, Fire Emblem, Splatoon, etc.

          • TruExtent

            Hey, if Hug wants to stick with the Wii U, that’s his choice. There’s a big enough back catalog of games to go back to and enjoy. There’s some games even I haven’t gotten to yet. Hell when the 3DS came out, I stuck with my DSi for as long as I could playing Pokemon Black, Kirby Mass Attack and a few games I missed. Didn’t get my 3DS until the XL with Mario Kart. At least the games will be cheaper for him (sans digital unless there’s a sale or coupon).

          • awng781

            There is nothing wrong with sticking with the Wii U if you still have a backlog to enjoy.

          • TruExtent

            May recommend The Wonderful 101 be added to that list? It’s tied with Metal Gear Rising as my favorite Platinum game. A bit tricky to learn to play at first (hell there’s some abilities I haven’t mastered yet) but the payoff is SOOOO DAMN AMAZING! I keep replaying that ending every now and then, it’s that freaking good. It also makes me sad Scalebound got canned, but that’s a different story.

          • i tried it. i don’t like it.

          • TruExtent

            …. welp, DIPLOMACY HAS FAILED. PREPARE FOR A BUTT KICKING!

            In all seriousness, I totally get it. My friends don’t like the game either. To each their own. Enjoy the rest of the Wii U library!

    • Melatelo

      Physical games are better anyway in almost every way possible. Can’t believe people are complaining about this. Benefits of physical allow you can trade in/resell physical games, you can borrow them to friends, you can rollback updates, you don’t have to install anything and wait a ridiculously long time to download a game, and you can often purchase them much cheaper than games on digital stores that rarely get price cuts. Not to mentioned games on digital stores can be removed with little to no notice leaving it unobtainable perhaps permanently. Physical all the way- unless I have no choice.

      • theyre not tho. digital games are better.
        that’s why no one buys cds and everyone has an iphone

        • Melatelo

          Wow. Such a strong rebuttal from your behalf. I’m shaking to my core. Seriously dude? Let me tell you, I recently sold my Xbox One as i got so sick oft the modern gaming practises that have now become the norm. Gears of War 4 took me over 10 hours to install + download the stupidly big 40GB update when I purchased it. Within as installing as little as 4 games my Xbox one was 95% full. Now will cartridges I won’t have to worry about that at all.

          • Roto Prime

            We are talking about Uncle Phil hug, the master of rebuttal Melatelo…..time to hang up your keyboard!!.

          • TruExtent

            Excuse me, are you sure you didn’t mean to write 40 MB? Because JEEZ is that really what Xbox and PS owners have been dealing with as of late? Wii U didn’t have those kind of ridiculous update sizes last I checked. The worst I can remember were the optional speed packs for Xenoblade X disc users and that was only around 10 GB.

          • they’re just better. deal with it.

      • Roto Prime

        Yep hard copy for life, chumps buy digi!!

        • JasonBall

          I imagine you, Roto, to have at least one large bookcase totally filled with games. It makes me happy, the imagery, and seeing you excited for every game that gets a physical release.

          • Roto Prime

            Yes!!!! I love all my baby’s… I also love it that Nintendo, for the most part does both Digi and Hard!! Everyone is happy.

        • TheWeasel

          Them’s fightin’ words Roto! Put ’em up!
          https://media.giphy.com/media/cnczob1SfXevK/giphy.gif

          • Roto Prime

            LOL!!! your killing me!! lolololololl

          • TheWeasel

            No one calls this weasel a chump! Pick a date for a duel, good sir. We will have to play 1, 2 Switch Quick Draw…to the death!!!

            The last guy who called me that didn’t end so well, buddy!
            http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/04/12/article-2128591-128B9399000005DC-936_634x361.jpg

          • Roto Prime

            AHAHAHAHAHAHHHHAHAHAH!! so good, I love bro, I needed a good laugh!! That picture is gold!!

          • TheWeasel

            I’m waiting on that duel Roto! I’m on my way right now!

            Coming to you at high speed! Be ready!
            http://news.nationalgeographic.com/content/dam/news/photos/legacy-new/bridOG.jpg

          • Roto Prime

            Holy @#$%!! That is even more amazing the picture!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL, my ribs…I’m growing a six pack!!!! lololol

          • ForeVision

            You should try Arms instead, since it matches your previous picture 😛

          • TheWeasel

            Very well, it will be an Arms battle!

      • JasonBall

        It’s just so much more convenient to not have to swap cartridges and bring a case with you for a portable system. Also, if one has a personal issue with certain businesses or are loyal to Nintendo and want them to get the most money possible, digital all the way.

        • Melatelo

          Really!? Is swapping out cartridges that much of a hassle? I never understand that argument. It just sounds incredibly lazy to me. If you buy a case to protect your Switch when you are out and about- most have Cartridge holders where you can put them in. Not a big deal.

          • JasonBall

            Also if they’re stolen, no way to replace. With digital, Nintendo has a record and can restore them with your account.

            As for laziness, maybe, but also some people have lifestyles that don’t go well with carrying a pack of carts. Just because they carry a device doesn’t mean they can carry carts. Convenience, believe it or not, is not always equal to laziness.

          • TruExtent

            At least this time around if the cartridge only is stolen, the save data is on the Switch now instead on the card. Not a complete loss anymore. *shrugs*

          • Melatelo

            In the end, it’s the same thing as you’re going to be switching out SD cards anyway. Think about that. They’re even easier to lose.

          • JasonBall

            Um… no. It won’t. I never even take out SD cards from stuff unless they get full and I have to buy a bigger one. On my New 3DS, it’s safe behind the back panel and when I put music on it or get photos off it I use the Network feature that allows my PC to access the files wirelessly. From what I understand, the Switch’s SD slot is under the kickstand such that it’s in plain view when its set up on a tabletop, but I literally never have a use for tabletop mode so it won’t be a problem. Think about it, why would I be switching out SD cards, ever? Like I said, unless you run out of space and need to put in a bigger one.

      • Bap

        Downloaded games load and save faster. Try it with Animal Crossing once.

    • Exy

      If you know where to look, you can get very spacious cards for less than the price of a Switch game.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      There are 128GB SD cards coming out concurrently with Switch for around $60.

      • SpectralDynamite

        I’ve seen some for $40, actually.

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Nice! Amazon had them for less than $50 as well.

    • Tlink7

      Orrrr you just buy physical releases?

    • AdamBoy64

      True, hoping one day they might allow USB drive support.

    • TruExtent

      Hate to be THAT guy but you’re a dollar off. =P

  • Exy

    I bought a 128 GB card that I thought I could use for video recording, but it wasn’t up for what I wanted from it. Guess it’s going to Switch instead.

    • Bradley

      lucky you

    • SpectralDynamite

      Smart move.

    • SpectralDynamite

      Smart move.

  • JasonBall

    What is IN Snipperclips that makes it 1.6? It looks no more straining than BoxBoy…

    • Exy

      We should see how big the simplest indie games are to get a better idea of the overhead for Switch games. I’m guessing a lot of music and maybe some big video files.

      • JasonBall

        Shovel Knight will be a good indicator. It might be that every game will be at least a gig in order to get it running at all with joycon and switching and touch and whatnot. And maybe it compresses poorly.

    • ………………..

    • :VVVVV

    • JASONBELL!!

  • awng781

    Yeah…Nintendo should have packed in more storage when games like DQH I-II exist…

    • JasonBall

      Depending on console lifetime we would’ve had to upgrade to an SD eventually. And more onboard drives the price up.

    • amak11

      Right, do you want to spend 900 dollars on a nand filled switch or 300 dollars on one? you decide

      • awng781

        An extra 32GB would have been sufficient, enough to fit a single AAA 3rd party game.

        • Aline Piroutek

          Let’s explain: NAND is expensive. 32GB extra would be a lot “more expensive” than buying an 64GB microSD card. Imagine a Switch for 400 US$ for 64GB NAND, expensive. It is better to retail offer microSD cards.

  • GOODNIGHT everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s bed time for ABRA

  • Roto Prime

    Yes, more hard copys!! I hope I am Setsuna has english option in Japan!

  • Christina

    Me right now because the digital copy of Dragon Quest 1-2 will take the maximum data of your Switch like Fatal Frame 4 for Wii U unless you use a SD card. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ef8b7c575726dfa5de750189e83565c384f21e9a81e143ccb5d07fe1ea52309.gif

    • TruExtent

      You won’t be able to fit DQHeroes onto the Switch. In the leaked videos from the other day, we saw the Switch only has about 25.6 GB of usable storage. SD card will be required for this game.

      • amak11

        No, no it wont. It’s not a disk it doesnt have the limitations that blu-ray has

        • TruExtent

          I’m not sure how you missed it but we were talking about a digital download version DQHeroes. If you have the cartridge, yeah you’ll be fine. But for those that want to download the game, they’ll need a big SD card.

    • JasonBall

      Fatal Frame V, ahem.

  • McCaron

    128 GB Micro SD card will be inevitable

    • Linkchu

      I already got a 200GB.

    • SpectralDynamite

      I already planned on picking one up.

  • Linkavitch Chomofsky

    Is it fun? That’s all I care about.

  • Shadowslicer 88

    You guys forget that Nintendo compresses their game files so they are a lot smaller than you think! Breath of the wild is confirmed 3GB for game itself (Not including DLC it said) during the end of the expansion pass video.