Nintendo Switch digital game sizes make an SD card a must

Nintendo Switch arrives in less than two weeks, and slowly but surely, new details are surfacing as we wait for launch. This time around, Nintendo has shared details about the Switch's digital games and how much space they'll take up on the console's small 32GB hard drive. Needless to say, you're probably going to want to pick up an SD card alongside your Switch.

In fact, if you already know that you're going to buy digital games over their physical counterparts, an SD card is most likely going to be a necessity. Download sizes have been published to each game's Japanese site, making it clear that the Switch's 32GB of internal storage is going to fill up rather quickly. The full list of games and their sizes can be found below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4 GB

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB

Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! – 1.60 GB

Disgaea 5 – 5.92 GB

Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB

I Am Setsuna – 1.40 GB

Dragon Quest Heroes I·II – 32 GB

Nobunaga's Ambition – 5 GB

As you can see, some titles like I Am Setsuna and Snipperclips weigh in at less than 2GB each, which isn't bad at all. Dragon Quest Heroes I·II, on the other hand, needs 32GB of free space, which means that when you take the space used up by the Switch's operating system into account, there won't be enough room on the hard drive for it. In other words, you have no choice but to buy an SD card if you want to buy a digital copy of Dragon Quest Heroes I·II.

Luckily, SD cards seem to be getting less expensive with each passing day, so picking up a high capacity one shouldn't really break the bank. It's also nice that we have the option of using SD cards and aren't forced into buying proprietary memory cards (looking at you, PS Vita). Still, it would have been nice to have at least a little more than 32GB of onboard storage at a time when the Switch's competitors are shipping with 500GB at a minimum.