Switch-owning Spyro fans have reason to simultaneously rejoice and be upset. The good news is that Spyro Reignited Trilogy is now available on the platform. The bad news is that there’s a mandatory 8.7 GB download. Worse than the update, however, is that none of the games in the collection are complete without it.
While downloads are common (albeit, pretty despised) with this type of collection, normally they exist to download the second game onwards, with the first game being complete on the cartridge. This isn’t the case with Spyro Reignited Trilogy though. According to Twitter user ejfanatic, only the first world of each game is contained within the cartridge; the rest must be downloaded. Other fans have confirmed this travesty as well, with Twitter user Kingofrocks_ posting a video showing the inability to progress past the first boss of Spyro: Year of the Dragon, being blocked by a message stating “A download is required to access this content.”
Unfortunately, internet speed is still a big issue for many, and practices like this only hurt those who don’t have access to a decent connection. It’s not like this was unpreventable. Bigger cartridges exist, after all. It’s one thing to require downloads of full games in a collection (though it’s still a dangerous practice). But I think we can all agree Spyro Reignited Trilogy is taking things to a new low.