The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has the largest size
The eShop listing for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now available, and its listed file size is significantly larger than those of any previous first-party Nintendo games. The second official Tears of the Kingdom teaser was unveiled by Nintendo during its 8th February Nintendo Direct presentation. A Reddit user named Bob first discovered the file size and later the Nintendo eShop revealed that the game’s file size is 18.2GB. Though to be honest, it is less when compared with PC and other consoles. PlayStation 5 and other Xbox Consoles consist of games having a file size of 100GB. While PC Games cross that limit and the maximum size that is registered is 150 GB.
Nintendo’s history of the largest file-size games
Previously, with a total of 14.4 GB, Breath of the Wild was formerly by far the biggest first-party Nintendo Switch game. But other Nintendo first-party games have since come close to passing it, those games were Xenoblade Chronicles 3 at 14.38 GB and Fire Emblem Engage at 12.68 GB.
The majority of Nintendo’s first-party games launched for the Switch are between 2GB to 6 GB in size. The Pokemon Legends: Arceus was a 6.1 GB game with a pseudo-open setting that was only released in January 2022. But the open-world games like Breath of the Wild and, as of late, Tears to the Kingdom, are bigger and more complex.
With a download size of 14.4 GB, Breath of the Wild previously held the record for being Nintendo’s biggest first-party game. No one knows what those additional four gigabytes are made up of, but recent file size increases are typically caused by 4K textures on in-game assets and big audio files, particularly for fully voice dubbed voiced by the actors.
What’s coming up next?
As the highly anticipated sequel approaches its 12th May release date, the publisher is starting to provide more information, and a new video suggests that a familiar Ocarina of Time foe might be making a comeback in the game. On its 8th February Nintendo Direct, Nintendo also unveiled the collector’s edition of Tears of the Kingdom and a new Amiibo that is headed alongside the game.
The game is currently available at $69,99 and is up for pre-orders. While many players are mainly waiting for the collectors’ edition as well as the complete release of the game.