The Japanese portal for the Nintendo Switch website recently released the file sizes for eight of the games coming to Switch. In order of smallest to largest, the list is as follows:

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB
  • I Am Setsuna – 1.4 GB
  • Snipperclips – 1.6 GB
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5 GB
  • Disgaea 5 – 5.92 GB
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4 GB
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II – 32 GB

These numbers pale in comparison to the massive file sizes for most of the AAA titles on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, these file sizes will still prove troublesome for anyone hoping to use their Nintendo Switch as a mobile console full of digitally downloaded games since the Switch launches with a 32 GB hard drive. Players can always buy an additional SD card of course, but I do find it strange that a console that advertises itself as a mobile platform would have such a tiny hard drive. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up nearly half of the Nintendo Switch’s starting hard drive and Dragon Quest Heroes I & II fills the entire console alone. I imagine some of that hard drive space has to be reserved for the operating system and console and game updates so Dragon Quest Heroes is, for now, a whole separate SD card if bought digitally.

Skyrim might just not be launching with the Switch because its file size could be too large to fit on the 32 GB hard drive.

Gamers who will still be buying and playing the physical copies of games will not run into any issues as the Switch does not require part of a game to download onto the console like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 do. However, those who are planning on buying nothing but digital titles for their Nintendo Switch should take this opportunity to invest in a much larger SD card. For those who do not, expect to only be able to play one or two AAA games at a time and having to delete all your data and progress between titles. With the way games are going, file sizes are just going to keep getting bigger and bigger from here on out. Best take the monetary hit now.