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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Has the Largest File Size of Any First Party Nintendo Switch Game

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has the largest file size of any first party Nintendo Switch game, even coming in larger than its predecessor Breath of the Wild.

As spotted by Reddit user Bob (below) and confirmed on the Nintendo eShop, the base file size of Tears of the Kingdom comes in at 18.2 GB.

While this is still a small number in comparison to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series games, which can often use upwards of 100 GB of storage, it's enough to put Tears of the Kingdom atop the list of first party Switch games.

Breath of the Wild was once the largest first party Switch game by a long shot at 14.4 GB, though other Nintendo first party titles have since brushed shoulders with it such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3 at 14.38 GB and Fire Emblem Engage at 12.68 GB.

The larger file size certainly indicates that Tears of the Kingdom will be a bigger game than Breath of the Wild and other first party Switch titles, evidenced further by Nintendo giving it a $69.99 price tag.

The company is beginning to share more on the highly anticipated sequel as we inch closer to its May 12 release date, with a new trailer revealing that a classic Ocarina of Time enemy may be making a return. Nintendo also revealed Tears of the Kingdom's collector's edition and a new Amiibo launching alongside the game at its February 8 Nintendo Direct.


Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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