Back in April of 2020, Will Goad posted an article about seven of the heaviest games to release on the Nintendo Switch, but in the short period of 9 months, there have been a hefty amount of titles that have released on the hybrid console that have pushed download file sizes to the limits! Some titles from the previous article still land on this list, but the majority of them have been knocked out.
This list has been bumped to games over 20GB, and there are surprisingly a decent amount on the Nintendo Switch now. Take a moment to scroll down our list and see which games dominate the file sizes department.
10. Wolfenstein Youngblood – 20.6GB
Right off the bat, we have some young blood on our file sizes list. Wolfenstein Youngblood clocks in at 20.6GB of space, and it looks absolutely amazing on the Nintendo Switch. Sure, MachineGames had to make some compromises for this port to work on the console, but they really did work some magic and got a giant game to not only run well on the Switch but look great in the process.
We are starting off at 20.6GB, so it only goes up from here.
9. WWE 2K18 – 21.2GB
The first of a couple to make it from the previous list, WWE 2K18 was and still is a massive download for Switch owners, clocking in at 21.2GB. Although this is not the best ported game on the system, it is the only proper WWE game that has released on the Switch. Since WWE 2K18, WWE has released some spinoff games instead of continuing to pump out the 2K games as they are on other consoles.
This may be a download you just need to powerbomb and throw out of the ring!
8. (TIE) DOOM & Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 22GB
At number 8, we actually have a tie between DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. These two behemoths from Bethesda have file sizes of 22GB, which can be quite overwhelming for Switch owners lacking a micro-SD card. Both games have been ported over to Switch masterfully and look excellent in the process. It is shocking (SPOILER ALERT) that the recently released DOOM Eternal did not make this list at all, clocking in at 18.8GB, well behind its predecessor.
Despite, if you are looking for a bloody good time and have massive amounts of space available, these are two games that we welcome on anyone’s Switch library.
7. Mortal Kombat 11 – 22.5GB
Mortal Kombat 11 has seen great success on the Nintendo Switch, and it even recently got a huge update that adds more DLC characters and additional storylines. The series has done a great job staying relevant, and this new entry has brought along a lot of classic horror and action movie characters into the already impressive lineup of fighters. But in order to enjoy this one, you need to free up 22.5GB of space.
Looks like it is time to uppercut some of those old games off of your Switch to make room for this deadly tournament.
6. Resident Evil Revelations 2 – 23.6GB
The Resident Evil Revelations series released on the Switch back in November of 2017, and both games are incredibly fun throwbacks to a series that has seemingly lost its way. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a massive 23.6GB, a whole 10GB larger than its predecessor, Resident Evil Revelations. Although neither game has seen strong commercial success, both games are enjoyable… and even a bit scary.
But in order to get Resident Evil Revelations 2 on your Switch, you have to get that shotgun ready and take out the five heaviest file sizes currently on your console to make room for this one game.
5. DC Universe Online – 24.1GB
DC Universe Online is a free-to-play action game based on the… well… DC comic book universe. You are able to create your own superhero or villain and venture on missions to battle huge names like Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman. But as huge as those names are, they don’t compare to how huge the file size is for this download, as DC Universe Online will require 24.1GB to play.
I don’t know how many super powers you need to magically make that much space appear on your Switch, but good luck, Superman.
4. Warframe – 24.5GB
Warframe is another free-to-play game on the Nintendo Switch that puts you in the boots of a futuristic ninja as you embark a far-off world where danger lurks at every corner. One of those dangers? You guessed it. It’s a 24.5GB download to enjoy this game on your console. You are able to squad up with three other players online, but before you do that, you may need those same three players to look at your storage space and see if this is even something you can download.
For being a game about ninjas, it sure is not hiding its massive download size.
3. L.A. Noire – 27.4GB
Somehow L.A. Noire topped our previous list, but it is no longer the king of file sizes. This dark and violent crime thriller from Rockstar arrived on the Switch pretty early and was one of the biggest third-party titles in the beginning. But one reason people stayed away from downloading this one? Well, early Switch adopters were probably not well-prepared for a 27.4GB download that immediately takes up all the internal storage.
You might be solving crimes in this game, but I need to find out how L.A. Noire stole so much space from my micro-SD card.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 31.5GB
CD Projekt has been facing a lot of flack due to problems with Cyberpunk 2077, but let us not forget how unbelievably they ported The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt onto the Nintendo Switch. Yes, this game is massive, clocking in at 31.5GB, but it is absolutely worth the space it requires because this is one of the best ported games on the hybrid console. Many people were worried when this was initially announced, but those worries were cast away once people got their hands on this award-winning action role-playing game.
The hunt is on for a micro-SD card of substantial size, because we still have another game (Or three!) to talk about.
1. NBA 2K21 – 39.4GB, NBA 2K20 – 41.3GB, NBA 2K19 – 32.7GB
I decided to clump the past three NBA 2K games together in the number one spot, because otherwise they would have been 1, 2, and 3. NBA 2K20 takes the cake at 41.3GB, then the recently released NBA 2K21 at 39.4GB, and finally NBA 2K19 at 32.7GB. All three of these titles simply dominate the file sizes contest for the Nintendo Switch, and it is honestly not even close. A clean sweep from the top NBA players, and we may have to update this list again once NBA 2K22 arrives, since the series has already proven that they are the largest.
And since they are competitive athletes, I don’t think they will want to give up their title any time soon.
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