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Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Wii U retail version comes with a 3 GB install

Posted on January 16, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U

Last week, Nintendo shared the file sizes for Zelda: Breath of the Wild on both Switch and Wii U. Both are pretty similar. On Switch, Zelda is a 13.4 GB download while the Wii U version is 13 GB.

The page now includes an additional note specifically about the game on Wii U. For those who plan on playing the physical version, some game data will need to be installed. More than 3 GB of space is needed in the console’s storage or USB storage device. It seems that USB memory devices (memory stick) can’t be used.

Thanks to Ben for the tip.


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  • TheAnimeBox

    memory stick? what are you refering to?

    • Blanco8x8

      Flash drives.

      • TheAnimeBox

        but that makes no sense, the wiiu treats them the same as usb hard drives

        • Blanco8x8

          I don’t know, I never expanded my Wii U’s memory, which is why I haven’t played XCX yet.

          • Vinicius

            You don’t need to more memory to play Xenoblade X, the data packs (extra instalation), only make the loading faster, but the game is still 100% playable without them.

        • Nintendo never recommended the use of flash drives with the Wii U, although they might work. Probably due to lack of external power supply and / or read/write speed.

          • hi v3.0

            I use a 64GB flash drive, it’s been a year and still works well

          • _17chan

            yeah, this struck me as well. i’ve been using a 128gb flash drive with no issues at all. i don’t get it.

          • shani

            Actually, flash drives usually have higher read/write speed than harddrives.

        • shani

          Yeah, I call nonsense on that. BotW will definitely support flash drives, just because there is no technical difference that would prevent their usage and because the console doesn’t even recognize whether it’s a harddisk or a flash drive.

          • John Fiato

            I got a 4gb USB stick it will definitely work u think for the 3gb download ?

  • Felipe M.

    lol that’s kinda funny.

    I’ll be keeping my WiiU copy sealed and play Zelda on the Switch.

    • Roto Prime


  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Memory stick can’t be used? I dunno bout that, I used one for the Xenoblade X install and it worked fine.

  • Blanco8x8

    Woah, for a second I thought it applies to the Switch version as well. But it’s just the Wii U version, so that makes sense.

    R.I.P. optical discs

    • Fandangle

      Discs are something that should have died years ago.

    • Franpa

      R.I.P DVD’s and CD’s. If everything, including PC games moved to single layer and dual layer Bluray discs most games available today would only need 1 disc. A few outliers will need more than 45GB’s space and can either have the rest placed on a second disc or have the user download the remaining small amount (instead of the current opposite happening, install a small amount and download a huge amount).

      Of course switching to something like a USB pen drive for distribution would be even better.

  • Roto Prime

    Download more ram .com

  • Blake Good

    Thank God I’m pre-ordering the Switch version.

  • Blanco8x8

    I’m curious. Any of you remembered when Twilight Princess first came out, were there any concerns that the Gamecube version would struggle performance-wise?

    • Only thing I remember is people complaining that the Wii version wasn’t in HD or a massive bump in graphics. Don’t know about anyone worrying about the GC version.

      • Blanco8x8

        Thank you. Cross-gen porting is not what it use to be, I guess.

    • Franpa

      Everyone was worried that the Wii version wouldn’t contain any graphical improvements to take advantage of the consoles slightly better hardware, notably better RAM/VRAM capacities and larger disc capacity (could fit higher quality copies of the audio assets and textures on the physcially larger disc), these people were right to worry as the Wii game ended up the same visually and audio wise (other than the world being mirrored inexplicably).

  • This seems like it would basically do the same thing as the booster packs for Xenoblade, just required this time instead of optional. I’m getting it digitally on Wii U (have to get both versions for reasons I won’t go into here) so no big deal for me.

    • ben

      The xenoblade x download was optional this is not that is correct. I think the Switch version is also bigger than the wii u version.

    • Hermione Granger

      yes it pretty much is…

  • Qun Mang

    250GB hard drive, high speed internet, no problem.

    • Tlink7

      Your profile pic goes perfectly with your comment

  • Thanks Goodness! Nintendo went with Cartridges.

    But to see it being installed on Wii U is strange considering the Wii U doesn’t use Blu-Ray

    • TheAnimeBox

      the wiiu uses a bluray like drive made by panasonic, a major bluray patent holder

      • It not Blu-Ray though. That the point I am making.

        • rebirfh

          I’m noit getting your point either. Why is it strange to see it being installed? The problem isn’t being Bluray but the fact it is a disc with many GB of storage which by the nature the data is accessed make it slow. Being Bluray or not doesn’t make it more or less strange.

        • TalesOfBS

          It IS a bluray disc, just a custom one.
          The whole drive itself is just a standard sata bluray drive, you can hook it up to your pc with a custom cable but you need the drive keys to authenticate it and talk to the drive.

          • No. It has already been confirmed years ago it wasn’t by Reggie.

          • TalesOfBS

            You are really embarrassing yourself. iDensity is just a custom bluray disc made by Panasonic, which is one of the Bluray patent holders.

          • It can’t be a custom Blu-Ray. Just because it has the same capacity doesn’t make it custom.

    • Hermione Granger

      i hope you like the day one patches and that 32gb is enough…

      • Liam Freeman

        It uses microSD cards, and will support the upcoming TB SD cards.

  • RoadyMike

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f19c24cc0afe6e92063a731a63a9ffddf03be1616c5925f1c7787ce590a72dd.jpg Nintendo, it’s like you’re trying to give yourselves a bad rep with these decisions. Sigh..

    So, am I reading this wrong, or this seriously means I can’t even use the 32GB flash drive currently plugged into my Wii U? It makes no sense if true..

    • They never recommended the use of flash drives, officially it always had to be a hard drive with an AC input or at least a Y cable for extra power through the other USB port. So if you’re fine until now, probably can still use it at your own risk, just as you are doing already.

      • Hermione Granger

        i have only used usb flash drives, and have had no problem. but the thing is you must buy them 3.0 usb drives and not 2.0. or you can have slow loading and that will ruin cut scenes and makes online laggy…

        • _17chan

          wow, i never knew this. very interesting. also, if your flash drive is 3.0, doesn’t the port have to accept 3.0 still..?

          • 3.0 is retro-compatible, but of course it will be capped at a 2.0 data transfer speed.

          • Hermione Granger

            USB flash drives have slow sequential read and write speeds, especially
            usb 2.0 ones. If you purchased a fast usb 3.0 flash drive(even though
            it will operate at 2.0 speeds) it will reach nearly 40 MB/s.

        • Wii U ports are USB 2.0, using a 3.0 device will make no difference.

          • Hermione Granger

            USB flash drives have slow sequential read and write speeds, especially usb 2.0 ones. If you purchased a fast usb 3.0 flash drive(even though it will operate at 2.0 speeds) it will reach nearly 40 MB/s.

            Your average usb 2.0 drive does around 15 MB/s which is too slow, hence your stuttering.

    • Just move some stuff that’s on your system over to your flash drive to free up that system space

  • Probably the same they did with Xenoblade Chronicles X with that free packages to enhance the performance.

    • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ^.^

      except this isn’t optional

  • Addy

    Oh look a day one patch.

    • rebirfh

      Not a day one patch per se but a way to fix the streaming of data and enable a decent framerate. More akin to a mandatory install than a patch.

      • Hermione Granger

        and you dont think the switch will have day one patches for their games, LOL… just wait and see, when people discover that 32gb on the switch isnt enough and they are forced to buy a $100 memory cards, optional my butt, ninty greedy cucks.

        • Liam Freeman

          They use SD cards. Stop trying to bait people, and please leave your insults unsaid.

          • Hermione Granger

            insults???.. there is no insults here, i give you the hard facts…. i can guarantee you they dont save the game patches on the sd cards. its is gonna be on your switch 32gb memory card, and if you are gonna use your switch its gonna be filled… with switch system updates, save files, downloaded digital games, game picture & video footage(from the share button) and games updates.. and when you think about it the zelda-botw is 13,4gb to get that on your memory card digitally you need 26,8gb of free space… now 32gb dont sound much do it?… if you are gonna have a normal usage of your switch you need to get the 256GB card, and those are priced at 150+€ each… if not you are gonna stick to one game for the rest of the life time of the switch…. looks like ninty left out that little detail about that extra cost.

          • Indielink


            Literally took me 10 seconds to find one under 80 dollars. Also, thinking you need 256 gigs for normal usage is ridiculous.

          • Hermione Granger

            prices vary from country to country… anyway i guess thinking that 500gb on xbone/ps4 for normal usage was ridiculous too in the start. but here we are and now they sell them with 1-2tb hard drives. that games dont need updates, those times are over even for ninty..

          • Indielink

            X1 and PS4 also require hard installs of EVERY game, including physical copies because disc readers are too slow. Switch will not require that because cartridges read significantly faster.

    • Ser2k2

      Maybe It’s not a patch, maybe It’s a data pack like XCX to reduce loading times.

  • Tlink7

    I don’t have 3GB space on me Wii U

    • Hermione Granger

      delete the mario games and i am sure you will have plenty of space.

    • Ser2k2

      You can use a USB flash drive to get more space on your WiiU.

      • John Fiato

        Can u use one for Zelda botw I though u only could use external USB hard drive

        • the wii u cant tell the difference. flash drive works just fine.

          • John Fiato

            If you plan on purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Wii U on disc, the game will require you to install a little more than 3 GB of data to play the game. This will need to be installed either directly to your internal storage on your Wii U or an external hard drive. You cannot use a USB thumb drive for this install file.

            So I got a 4gb USB stick it will work right ?

          • yeah probably

        • Ser2k2

          You can use both, but the problem with the USB thumbs stick is the reading and writing speeds, they’re not good. A hard drive is a perfect choice, but USB thumbs stick are cheap in price and don’t use an external power supply.

          • John Fiato

            I got a 4gb USB flash drive so it will work for Zelda 3g download right I don’t got to buy nothing else ?

          • Ser2k2

            If it has enough space It should work but keep in mind your safe file will save in your USB thumb drive too. You need to be certain you have enough space for both files, and they don’t exceed your USB thumb size. Don’t forget you don’t have 4gb exactly.

  • Kenshin0011

    This is a very good thing, because it means that the Wii U version is being optimized to run more smoothly

  • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

    It’s a good thing not every game needs an install otherwise you’d need like a 500 gig hard drive for just an handful of games

  • Mister Surrealist

    It’s not a patch, you fools. The data is ON DISC and only 3GB need to be installed.

    • TalesOfBS

      I am amazed at the amount of people who don’t realize that. It seems that it wasn’t just Nintendo living in the dark ages.

  • tipoo2

    That seems atomic compared to the game patches I’m used to, lol. I guess in consideration for the max of 32GB internal in the Wii U it makes sense. I expect this is to utilize both drives to stream together to reduce pop in/load times?

    For people who use an external HDD for the Wii U, a larger install base mode would be nice, to do more simultaneous streaming from both devices to avoid as much pop-in as possible.

  • theminemanner2

    Do I need internet to get the install? My internet is pretty slow so I would like to know.

  • Rolando Motta

    Do u need internet to install?

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