The Nintendo Switch is relatively cheap at only $299 but you’re going to be spending much more than that on games, accessories and, oh yeah, expandable memory, as the console’s on-board 32GB of storage is woefully inadequate for much of anything in 2017. In fact, there’s already a Switch game that takes up more space than Nintendo’s console can handle out of the box.
Last month, it was revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s digital download size is 13.4GB, which may not seem like much, but is actually about half the Switch’s available memory once you factor in the OS and other files that are already taking up space. That’s a lot, but for consumers who are just looking to get Zelda on launch day and worry about purchasing a microSD card later on to expand the Switch’s storage, it’s not that big a deal.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking to purchase the digital version of Dragon Quest Heroes — which, it should be noted, has only been announced for Japan so far — it will literally be impossible without upgrading the Switch’s memory, as the game takes up 32GB.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that anyone who wants to play Dragon Quest Heroes on their Switch without having to purchase a microSD card is out of luck, as they always have the option to purchase a physical game card, which don’t require an install. Still, buying digital is becoming increasingly popular (and on PS4 and Xbox One, it’s starting to eclipse physical altogether), so it’s more than a little frustrating that Nintendo isn’t including more on-board system memory with the Switch. After all, portability is one of the console’s main selling points and many people don’t want to have to carry around a bunch of game cards with them while they travel; they want all of their games available at the touch of the button, ready to go on their system.
Oh well, just remember to set some extra cash aside on March 3rd so you can pick up a microSD card with your Nintendo Switch.