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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Will Be Biggest First Party Switch Game Yet

by Aiman MaulanaFebruary 17, 2023
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The file size for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been revealed, and it’s the biggest first party Nintendo Switch game yet.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Size

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The new trailer for “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” was unveiled during Nintendo Direct on 8th February 2023, and the company has recently updated its store page to reveal that the game’s digital file size is 18.2GB. Although 18GB might not seem large compared to games in other platforms, Nintendo Switch operates differently as it only has 32GB of storage space, with a significant portion already taken up by the preloaded OS data, leaving only about 25GB of usable space.

As a result, Switch titles are usually smaller in size to accommodate this constraint, but this is not usually a problem for first-party games as they are often less graphically intensive than modern AAA games. However, Tears of the Kingdom sets a new record as the biggest first-party exclusive on the Nintendo Switch by a significant margin. There are a few games that managed to come close, such as the recently launched Fire Emblem Engage at 12.6GB and last year’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3 at 14.38GB.

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The game will take place in the same world as its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, but with additional floating structures and new enemies, weapons, and vehicles, which may contribute to its larger size. The increase in graphical fidelity could also be a factor. Breath of the Wild previously held the record as the largest first-party game on the Switch at 14.40 GB, but Tears of the Kingdom has exceeded that by a small but notable margin.

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Pokdepinion; Imagine when a successor model comes out. I’m sure the games will see a significant growth in size then, maybe not 100GB but I don’t think it will be far off from that either.

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