Pokémon Sword & Shield are barely a month away at this point, and as such, plenty of concrete details on the games are dripping out bit by bit. Most recently, Twitter user @MIN428 revealed a 10.3 GB file size for each game.
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— ??? (@MIN428) October 14, 2019
10.3 GB is a few cuts below the bulkiest first-party Switch games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (13.4 GB) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (15 GB as of Version 4.0.0). However, Pokémon Sword & Shield still ring in well above some other major titles such as Super Mario Odyssey (5.7 GB), and the download takes up more space than Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu combined (last year’s Pokémon titles rang in at 4.2 GB each).
With rapidly declining prices in microSD cards, 10.3 GB is hardly a problematic download nowadays if you have decent internet speeds. 10.3 GB downloads are still nontrivial, but are also worlds better than the massive 50 GB+ file sizes popping up on other current gen systems and PCs.
Are you excited for Pokémon Sword & Shield? Despite controversies over the diminished National Dex, I think that the games look great. I have never once cared about actually catching them all. My backlog is too big for that, and I do not enjoy Pokémon quite enough for that sort of dedication in the first place, so the reduced dex is not a problem for me like it is for those who have lovingly carried the same team around since Gen 1. In fact, I have only played two Pokémon titles since Diamond (HeartGold and OmegaRuby), and I am ready to jump into a new adventure in the series that for once looks drastically different than what I am used to. What about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.