Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes to Nintendo Switch on April 28th, and for those concerned about system storage for the Switch the file size for the downloadable version has been confirmed.
A listing on Amazon’s German storefront states that Mario kart 8 Deluxe will require 6.75 GB of system space to install. This is a lot, considering the system comes with 32 GB as standard. For comparison, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild required 13.4 GB of storage, but 6.75 GB is still a sizable chunk of the hard drive for just one game. Despite this, Nintendo have done well to compress the file size, considering the data being included, such as the basic and downloadable tracks, characters, new battle mode content, and an increased resolution to 1080p from 720p on Wii U.
Amid all the praise for the Nintendo Switch, the 32 GB hard drive is paltry compared to both Xbox One and PS4, whose consoles both offer 500 GB minimums. There were clearly considerations made for the portability of Nintendo Switch and hard drive space seems to be one of them. However, the Nintendo Switch does support micro SD cards up to 2 TB.
Mario Kart 8 originally debuted on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014, and was the best-selling game on the console, with 8.26 million units sold as of January 2017. It makes sense to bring this title over to Nintendo Switch, given the Wii U only sold around 13.56 million units, as of December 2016.
When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes to Nintendo Switch on April 28th, it will feature all the Mario Kart 8 downloadable content. However, one of the biggest improvements that it will feature over the original release is that it will have dedicated battle mode maps. The original version utilized the game’s race tracks for the battle mode in a move fans did not like, so fans will be happy to know that the Deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 addresses the game’s biggest problem.