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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D’s Download Size Is Enormous


The digital version of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D takes up a lot of blocks. If you’re planning to get the game from the Nintendo 3DS’ Nintendo eShop, make sure you have more than 2GB of free space on your SD Card, as it requires 17,693 of open blocks. For comparison’s sake, the downloadable version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is 14,284 blocks, and Fire Emblem Awakening from the Nintendo eShop is 8,577 blocks. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be released on May 24th.

50 thoughts on “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D’s Download Size Is Enormous”

    1. Believe it or not, it is more efficient in the majority of things everything except internet use and download time.

    2. It is great for people like me who does not live in the US. When I buy retail I gotta wait 2 weeks to get it here in Jamaica. Not anymore. I just download all my games day one. For both my 3ds and my wii u.

    3. Its a piece of shit on Nintendo Consoles.

      Here, let me explain why I say this. I wouldn’t have such an issue if Nintendo had unified accounts, I don’t want to loose my 3DS and forever lose the games I downloaded. I have a few Downloaded games on my Vita (Sly Cooper: TiT, Guacamelee, Allstars, Sounds Shapes, and Gravity Rush) now if my vita were to mess up or I just so happen to loose it, I could simply redownload them. I can’t do that with my 3DS, I hate having this feeling were I can’t do anything about the games I’ve bought digitally. (Yes I’m an embassador) and hell will break loose if I were to ever loose these games.

      1. Both have flaws. My problem with Vita is the expensive memory cards. Sony is not giving me a reason to go digital with those outrageous prices and large game files that will easily fill up the memory card in time.

      2. umm you can go to account settings > titles have previously downloaded and if they are still up on the e-shop you can re downloaded them for free or din’t you know >.<

    4. What the fuck are you talking about? Because it’s huge? I have a 32gb sd card I have more than enough space.

    5. I prefer it for consoles, mainly:

      No need to switch discs, no worrying about discs getting scratched, faster load times, no physical storage space needed on book/DVD shelf (less clutter, in other words), less to carry with you if you go somewhere (friends house, hotel, moving to a new place, etc.), and so on.

      The only downside being that if your hard drive crashes or something like that, you have to re-download everything which, even if you have a fast internet connection, can take a long while, especially if you have several games and/or if a game(s) is large in size. For example, next-gen XBOX & PlayStation games will all likely be Blu-ray sized, meaning anywhere from at least 25 gigabytes up to 50 gigabytes. I currently have a basic fiber Internet connection with a download speed of 10 Mbps and upload speed of 10 Mbps as well. Every 8 megabits per second = 1 megabyte per second, so 10 megabits per second = 1.25 megabytes per second download speed. Therefore, it would take me roughly 11 to 12 hours, at maximum/optimal downloading speed, to download an entire 50 gigabyte game.

      That’s a pain in the arse. The remedy for that is to just keep a clone drive handy that acts as a backup for the main hard drive. If the next XBOX and PlayStation do the same as Wii U and offer the ability to use any external hard drive for game & data storage for the console, then it’ll be relatively cheap to have both a 2 or 3 terabyte main external hard drive, as well as a backup 2 or 3 terabyte external hard drive. I got a 2 terabyte Western Digital external hard drive two years ago for only $79. So today, for probably about $150 or possibly less, you could have 2 terabytes of game storage for your “XBOX 720” or PlayStation 4, plus a separate but equal sized drive for backup, or just use both for storage if you’re feeling brave.

      As far as handhelds go, I could go either way. I don’t have many games for my 3DS XL, and I rarely take it out anywhere too far, so having physical game discs doesn’t bother me. But not would having them all be digitally downloaded either, since it wouldn’t take much time to re-download them.

      I only have Mario Kart 7 and Mega Man II (virtual console). I plan on getting several more though: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS, Final Fantasy 3 & 4 remakes, New Super Mario Bros., etc. Definitely plan on getting Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D since I never played the Wii version, and definitely getting the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel as well.

  1. I want to insert my USB cable into your port and send my files into your SD card and extract it continuously until all of my data was transferred into your flashdrive. Im going to keep doing it until i get a floppy disk. Then ill import the rest into your disk drive. (nasty)

  2. I never go digital on big games…

    What if you want ti buy a new one? It forces you to buy a new SD card just for that so it is more expensive that way…

  3. I have it pre ordered already, I had to wait a month for Fire emblem because I couldn’t find it in stores, and I still can’t find a copy of Luigi’s mansion that’s under $40.

    :) so not this time Nintendo, I’m getting my Hard copy even if I have to be the first in line at gamestop.

  4. Well in this specific case, buyin this giant file digitally would be space suicide. Just buy the wii version or sumthin, or buy a bigger sd card.

    As for the wii u, i stayz digital only

    It was a hard decision but the ddp is helpin out alot

    1. It’s just because its the way of the future. Don’t be a dinosaur people, and if for some reason 32gb isn’t enough for you get another one, at least it’s only 2 cards to swap instead of a few handfuls. Also don’t waste memory on crappy games…nuf said.

      Ps. DKCR is not crappy =)

  5. Since I live outside US, buying digital is much more cheaper for me, but I’m still abit of a collector. I bought MH3U digitally so I could have a game to play for my new 3DS, but the next time I buy a game it would be physical copy. I wouldn’t mind buying RE: revelations digitally since it’s much cheaper and I have the memory for it too.

  6. Id go digital if i could download japanese games months before a game is released in the states. Not all games though the ones that dont use heavy text like nsmb2, 3d land or a fighting game.

  7. That’s… large.

    Likely be getting this for free as part of the NOE promotion, so a download it’ll be. I prefer retail where I can, but that’s not an option all the time. I will say though, I do agree with the fears around the lack of an account system on 3DS. I have the ambassador games and a few retail games and such, it’d be a pretty nasty blow if anything happened. Wish they’d hurry on and make NN IDs for 3DS to alleviate this stuff

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