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Some Digital Nintendo Switch Games Require External Memory Units

You may want to invest in some MicroSD cards if you’re planning on buying digital Switch games.

Remember our previous coverage of the Nintendo Switch’s limited amount of space and how this may pose a problem for digital buyers? Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

IGN recently posted a list of games that will be available on the Nintendo Switch during the console’s launch period, along with their respective digital download sizes as seen below:

  • Dragon Quest 1 & 2 - 32 GB
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 7 GB
  • Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together - 1.6 GB
  • Disgaea: 5 - 5.92 GB
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris - 1.09 GB
  • I Am Setsuna - 1.4 GB
  • Nobunaga's Ambition - 5 GB

Because the Nintendo Switch only has about 26 GB of storage space after accounting for the space taken up by the console’s OS and misc software, an external storage alternative is an absolute must if you want to play digital versions of games like Dragon Quest 1 & 2 (which will only be released in Japan).

However, even if you ignore Dragon Quest 1 & 2, the Nintendo Switch is barely capable of holding all of the system’s launch titles at once. Not to mention it certainly can’t hold the games listed above if you also happen to install the 13.4 GB Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

So there you have it. Unless you’re planning on having a very small Nintendo Switch library and/or you don’t mind constantly uninstalling and reinstalling different games, buying a few extra MicroSD cards sooner rather than later is probably a good idea. Especially considering the rapidly approaching March 3rd release date of the Nintendo Switch.

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Nate Hohl

Nate Hohl got his start in the video games journalism industry shortly after graduating college and since then he has come to find enjoyment in critiquing various forms of media (games, movies, books, etc.) and seeing how they affect our ever-developing idea of culture. If you'd like to contact him, you can do so via his email address, nate.hohl@greenlitcontent.com, or his admittedly oft-neglected Twitter account @NateHohl.