Nintendo meets need for external Switch storage with official cards

"A microSD card will be needed for certain Nintendo Switch games that contain an especially large amount of content"

Nintendo has said that some Switch games will require external storage to run, and it is launching an official line of memory cards to address the isue.

The Switch has 32GB of internal storage, with a portion of that taken up by the OS. To date, most of the more popular games have been comfortably beneath that total - 7GB for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 13.4GB for Zelda: Breath of the Wild - but it has been clear since February that games would eventually arrive that would test that limit.

Nintendo is now preparing for that moment, striking a partnership with Western Digital Corporation for a line of officially branded SanDisk memory cards. In a statement released yesterday, Nintendo said that, "a microSD card will be needed for certain Nintendo Switch games that contain an especially large amount of content and require additional storage for players to enjoy the full experience."

The cards will be available in 64GB and 128GB sizes, and will principally be useful to Switch owners who prefer digital downloads to purchasing cartridges. However, the fact that Nintendo's statement emphasises its "continually growing library of diverse downloadable games and content," it may not be too long before most Switch users start running short of room.

"These new Nintendo-licensed memory cards provide significant additional storage for digital content," said Tom Prata, Nintendo of America's SVP of Strategic Initiatives, in a statement. "In many retail locations they will be conveniently displayed alongside Nintendo Switch games and accessories."

The cards will be available at selected retailers in October 2017. No pricing information has been released.

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Latest comments (3)

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 8 months ago
Now the real interesting question is whether like the 12 year old Xbox 360 it so resembles, whether or not the Switch actually has major hardware/firmware issue that limit it to a 32GB max. The 360 could only support flash drives up to that size. Considering they failed to include hardware in the system that supports onboard sound mixing for headsets and voice chat, such an omission is not out of the question
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange8 months ago
The Switch supports microSDXC 64GB and "UP". Which means the largest commercially available micro SD card you can lay your hands on now and in the future.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 months ago
All they need to do to eliminate this problem is follow Microsoft's lead and support external hard drives to at least 4 TB in size.
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