The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom is going to be groundbreaking, whether you’re a fan of the direction the Legend of Zelda series has taken with BotW and TotK or not. We know we’ve talked about how Tears of the Kingdom could make Legend of Zelda series history before, but it looks like it could set something of a record when it comes to first-party Nintendo Switch games. The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom file size has appeared online and – in an effort to keep things simple – this game is going to be a big one.
As first reported by IGN, the Tears of the Kingdom file size is reportedly 18.2 GB. This information has been sourced from the Nintendo eShop and confirms that the new Legend of Zelda game is going to be the biggest first-party Nintendo Switch game ever.
Incidentally, Breath of the Wild held this title up until TotK with a file size of 14.4 GB. Other titles have come close, but it looks like Tears of the Kingdom is setting something of a new standard when it comes to first-party Zelda games – at least in size.
Interestingly, this is actually almost 150,000 times larger than the original Legend of Zelda game, released in 1986 on the NES. This game was crammed onto a 128 kb cartridge initially.
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom pre-orders are live right now, and you’re not going to want to miss out on this adventure. We know a little bit about the Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom characters thanks to teasers and trailers from Nintendo – of which you can see the most recent one below.
We don’t know too much about what Tears of the Kingdom is about, but it’s clear that Link and Zelda are face to face with another calamitous event threatening Hyrule and it’s people. We’re under the assumption that Ganon is once-again the big bad, and we expect him to play a much more active role in proceedings – as will Zelda herself.
However, there’s still a little bit of time between now and the Tears of the Kingdom release date. In terms of file size, Tears of the Kingdom is 14 times as large as Minecraft. So, if you’re a fan of empty open world games and you’re not sure your SD card has enough space on it, it might be worth looking at that instead. You won’t find yourself toe-to-toe with bokoblins, but Minecraft isn’t pushing $70 either.