Zelda: Breath of the Wild Takes Almost Half of the Switch's Hard Drive Space


Nintendo officially reveals the file size for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the game takes up almost half of the Switch's hard drive space.

Following last night's reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's official release date via a new trailer, Nintendo is now prepared to talk even more about the next installment in its long-running RPG franchise. With that being the case, Nintendo has unveiled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's file size, which weighs in at 13.4 GB, taking up roughly half of the storage space on the Switch console.

As initially reported by IGN, with the Switch having quite a small hard drive when compared to current generation consoles like Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One – its specs stand at 32 GB in memory capacity, to be specific – and with Nintendo shipping the system with its own operating system that will need take up space, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will eat up a remarkable portion of the data available on the hardware. Thankfully, though, Nintendo has assured fans that they can expand the Switch's memory using microSDXC cards.


Without a doubt, when looking at the file size for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and stacking it up against some recent releases such as Grand Theft Auto 5's 50 GB-plus install size on PS4, the memory needed for Nintendo's forthcoming title seems relatively tiny in comparison. Of course, considering that the Switch won't be as powerful as consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One – much less the systems' upgraded counterparts in PlayStation 4 Pro and Project ScorpioBreath of the Wild won't require as much space to run.

Additionally, Nintendo recently assured fans that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not only be releasing for Switch, but also the game will launch in March for Wii U as well. The Big N has revealed that the storage space required to play the forthcoming RPG on the Wii U will be somewhat smaller than its Switch version, as it weighs in at 13 GB.

With fans finally receiving more concrete information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild since its launch date has been confirmed, it would stand to reason that the title is living up to its status as one of the most anticipated video games of 2017. Although, some may be concerned about having to pay extra to make room for other Switch titles like the recently announced Super Mario Odyssey, but hardcore Zelda fans could remain content to have Breath of the Wild be the only title they own for the console for a while.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release on March 3, 2017 for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

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