Nintendo officially confirms that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s Wii U version requires fans to download 3 gigabytes of data in order to play the game.
Not too long ago, Nintendo wanted to assure fans that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not only be a Switch launch title, but also that the game will be coming to the Wii U, as the company followed up the reveal of the title’s release date with a tweet stating that the role-playing game comes on March 3 for Wii U too. Now, Nintendo has divulged that those fans who decide to pick up a disc version of the forthcoming game for the Wii U on its release date will be required to download 3GB worth of data.
This revelation comes by way of Nintendo of Japan’s page for the game (via Nintendo Everything), as those who purchase Link’s latest adventure on the Wii U will be subject to a mandatory installation of 3GB of information. At this point in time, however, there has been no confirmation as to exactly what the download for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s Wii U version will contain.
Instead of picking up the physical disc for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U, fans with more data to spare can opt to download the game’s digital version instead. Of course, it must be noted that digital iteration for Breath of the Wild on Wii U is a considerably larger package than the information contained on-disc, as it will need 13GB of hard drive space.
Should there be fans out there who are planning on jumping from the Wii U to Switch and buying The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, they ought to be aware of its file size as well. Those making the leap onto Nintendo’s forthcoming console will need to have lots of space available, as Breath of the Wild takes up roughly half of the Switch’s hard drive, with the game weighing in at 13.4GB and the system containing 32GB.
Aside from the differences in the Switch and Wii U’s file sizes for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there won’t be many more variations between the versions, save for the Switch giving the game an increase in faster load times, better sound quality, and higher resolution. While those variations are definitely great selling points for the playing Breath of the Wild on Switch instead of Wii U, it’s worth mentioning that the gameplay itself will remain the same on both platforms. So, should there be fans who are planning on upgrading to the Switch solely to experience The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s important to realize that a more inexpensive – albeit less optimal – option exists.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release on March 3, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.