physical copy box boxed gta Grand Theft Auto Trilogy on Nintendo Switch apparently requires digital download The Trilogy Definitive Edition

Listings for physical copies of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch are starting to receive box art, and it reveals that a digital download is apparently still required to access the full GTA experience. It is not yet clear how much of the game requires a download. It could be the case that one title like Grand Theft Auto III is included on a cart, while the other two titles must be downloaded. At the least, this doesn’t seem to be a Wolfenstein: Youngblood situation where there is no game card included at all.

According to its Nintendo Switch eShop listing, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is a hefty digital download at 25.4 GB, so several people were already planning to buy a physical copy just to avoid that. Now, some degree of digital download is apparently mandatory. That’s a bummer. Also, in a small additional wrinkle, Direct-Feed Games reports that Nintendo uniquely is distributing and publishing the Switch version of Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar seems to be handling the other versions as usual.

physical copy box boxed gta Grand Theft Auto Trilogy on Nintendo Switch apparently requires digital download The Trilogy: Definitive Edition

Fortunately, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is otherwise looking like a really great and fun remaster, with its updated cartoony art style and Grand Theft Auto V-flavored control scheme. The major question that still looms over the bundle is whether or not it will retain its original, incredible licensed soundtracks. If this collection doesn’t have “Billie Jean,” Rockstar really shouldn’t even bother releasing it.

Tell us what you think of boxed physical copies of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition still apparently requiring a digital download on Nintendo Switch — do you think GTA on Switch is worth some digital hoops?

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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