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Switch Version of Breath Of The Wild Comes Without Install Times

by Darrin Wright


There’s a lot of Nintendo Switch news coming out today, and buried among all of the technical stuff is a big revelation for the Switch’s biggest launch game, at least for the physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

This generation of gaming has become known as one that requires a bit of patience, as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and sometimes even the Wii U all require gamers to install at least a portion of their game to the console’s hard drive before being able to play. That changes with the Switch, as Polygon reports you can just pop in the Breath of the Wild game card and start playing immediately.

That also should alleviate any fears about the Switch’s meager storage space, at least if you choose to go with physical copies of Switch games for the most part, although that storage will obviously still be used for digital games, save data, and DLC and patches issued either by Nintendo or other developers.

Of course, you still have to consider the Day One patch for the Switch, which may mean you’re probably going to end up waiting at least a little bit before playing, if you want to get that out of the way. Either way, it’s a nice thing to keep in mind for future releases, and is one reason some gamers prefer cartridges (or in this case, tiny SD cards) to discs.

The Nintendo Switch is set for release just over a week from now. One of our team members, Kyle, managed to get his hands on one, and so far things are looking good… although Nintendo has confirmed that there will not be Virtual Console service at launch.

With all of the new details surrounding the Switch making it online today, are you leaning toward getting one at launch, waiting a while, or skipping it? Sound off below.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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