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Nintendo Switch Takes More Than 10 Seconds To Load A Game

It looks like Nintendo Switch could take a significant amount of time to load a game from the console’s main menu. For example, the video below shows that it takes more than 10 seconds to go to the start screen for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While this may be an improvement over Wii U, it pales in comparison to the load times of virtually all games on smartphones and other tablet devices. Nintendo Switch is scheduled to launch worldwide on March 3 for $299.99.



        1. Blackbond is a PC elitist, Zaire is the xbot and doctre claims to be a Nintendo fan. The three of them are known as the three stooges of YouTube.

          Zaire is the dumbest of the trio!

          1. ||Anyone who has an Xbox is not a true Nintendo fan…||

            ||Unless it’s for countering attacks which is only accepted at higher ranks like Sir Sakurai…||

            1. Doctre is such a poser, he knows that the “secret” to the YouTube jewgolds is attracting Nintendo haters.

              I do not mind about sakurai, he lost my respect with ssb brawl.

              Miyamoto, Yamauchi and Yokoi are my gaming Gods.

              1. ||The N-Dub Nation are frauds and no real pure Nintendites, especially since all of them own Xboxes…||

      1. Further proving how much of a closet fanboy of Nintendo he really is.
        I’d laugh when the Switch releases and outsell Xbox One within a year and outsells PS4 within 2 years, just to see the look on BlackB0ndage’s face XD

        1. RIGHT, I mean the guy is hurting right now…not even a week and he has 10 videos posted of “how the nintendo switch sucks and how they haven’t learned anything”…clearly he’s blind to the real truth. hard8 too.

          1. Oh wait, they might actually be 2 week old by now lol my bad, but I bet he got alot more about nintendo and not even a week old yet. Come to think of it, maybe the other consoles too…but mostly nintendo.

        2. Switch is not selling 55 million from the ps4. The games hitting the ps4 is going to be crazy. The list this year is higher than the list of Nintendo for this year. Zelda and Mario aren’t going to push 55 million or even half of that in one year when Reggie already said 10 million systems are going to be in stores for this year. They already under selling

      2. Quack bond is a PC slave though. Everything he says is just stupid. He had mouths Nintendo more than I do, and he pops about Xbox, but he doesn’t even own a next gen system. I wouldn’t even pay mind to him, he’s just a troll and a “gamer” poser

      1. Regardless of whether or not it’s a home or handheld system it is a console. Handhelds are consoles. It’s in the name, handheld CONSOLE.

          1. It does have increased processing power when docked. I mean, it’s less than other consoles this gen, but it’s better than the Wii U (docked or not). I don’t think they should market it as a portable home console, but rather as a handheld with the power of a console. It could even compete much better if they release a more expensive dock that increases the GPU and CPU power further. It could be as inexpensive as a $150 upgrade, and it would further cement the Switch as a console. Just look at other mid-gen upgrades, they’re full units that cost more than the original.

      2. It doesn’t matter if you want to call it a handheld or a console, or dive into semantics. It’s playing full console games on a handheld. Period. It’s stupid to compare the initial loading of a game that is over 13GB in size, and has to fully load a game world that is one of the biggest overworlds in gaming history, to the loading of Angry Birds that is less than 100MB in size.

        A comparison in load times for Zelda would be FFXV. That makes sense. Anybody who compares loading Breath of the Wild to Mario Run, or any smartphone game, is an idiot, as is anybody who echos or defends that comparison.

  1. So? When my friend and I would play/stream on his XBone, games took that long, maybe longer, to load- Rare Replay in particular always took quite a while. This is nothing.

  2. }{ While admittedly, the Switch is less than I’d thought it’d be, I don’t consider this a mark against it… Honestly, I’m surprised you reported on it having console load times… For a file that size the load time is actually somewhat impressive… }{

      1. Right, I guess I should’ve specified “in handheld mode.” And I’ve heard Zelda actually runs at 900p when docked, doesn’t it? But it’s 1080p scaled for most games.

        1. How long did it take to install?
          And after your game was “ready” to play, how long did you have to watch the title screen in wait for it to install the rest of the game?

          1. Oh man, I hate that BS so much.

            “Your game is ready to play”

            I open the game and that shit is still installing 😠 thats so infuriating!

          2. ps4 requires you to install the entire game which takes as long as your average full work shift, not only that you are required to use the disk in order to play, that may also apply to xbone (i dont actually know because i dont own one), what would be the point of having the physical copy when all it really is is an installation disk just like physical pc games only you need the disk to play, meanwhile on wii u city it plays right outta the box, no full disk installation required. this is why i want physical copy of wii u game and with ps4 its digital all the way.

            1. It’s funny how fanboys like to compare Wii us and switches 32gb to ps 4 500gb, ignoring totally these small details.

      1. it was an exaggeration, hell wii u games (most of them) loaded faster than ps4/xbone. i like the ps4 but when i wanna play a ps4 game i might as well make a sandwich while im at it which is why i play more wii u than ps4.

  3. Heh… (remembers the days of cassette tape games with anywhere from 5 minutes to maybe a half hour of accessing data… or more!). Nope, 10 seconds isn’t a big deal to me.

    1. I remember cassette tapes… but that was back when half the excitement of gaming was successfully finding the game and then getting to play it because you got it to load. ;D

  4. With Zelda being far more graphic intensive than tablet games… I don’t see this as an issue. Street Fighter 5 on PS4 takes almost a minute so yeah , there’s that. Not a big deal and for a console , 1 seconds is pretty fast.

  5. 10 seconds is not a big deal. Why is this worth reporting? A console like the Switch shouldn’t really be expected to be a massive powerhouse since it’s the first of its kind. Naturally, there’s gonna be SOME limitations in it.

    1. It takes like 1-2 minutes just to fast travel in FFXV, and they want to complain that an overworld that’s pretty close to the same size as FFXV (possibly larger with actual explorable areas) takes 10 seconds on the Switch, and that it’s the only loading you will see, outside of fast travel loads? And they decide to compare it’s loading time to candy crush? GTFO people lol

  6. Um… most PS4 and Xbone games i play take like a minute to load so this is pretty fast. Not to mention it takes me over a minute just to get back to the menu from an online match in Star Wars BattleFront.

  7. That is not a long load time! If you have actually played any mobile games you would see that usually they take a minute or two to load and also need an update almost everytime you play them. Ten seconds is a fantastic amount of time as it is not very slow at all and gets you ready for the game! HECK the PS4 has load times for many of their games that last 45-60 seconds like on games such as Battlefront and Overwatch which takes a miserably long time as it only shows a still of the game while you are waiting for it to load

  8. It loaded fairly quick. Zelda is a big game, getting tired of waiting for March 3rd though. Nintendo should move everything up a month…make it Feb 3rd.

    1. Agreed! Although after getting fucked over due to an insulting delay, I guess 1 more month won’t kill me. I’m diverting gaming energy into upgrading my Wolf Amiibo via Twilight HD!

          1. On mobile it’s hard to tell whose talking to who. I assumed he was telling me not to start on my Zelda soapbox, but I don’t know for sure! Lol

        1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

          No matter which side we’re on, we can all agree that sonicgalaxy is the one that should really shut up! lol

  9. I don’t know if I just have a crappy tablet, but it takes games 10 – 30 seconds to get passed their loading screens.

  10. Blah blah blah

    Do people forget how long the Wii U took when it launched? It seemed like ages but they did updates after launch and sped it up.

    10 seconds to start on the Switch before they do any updates is quite an improvement.

  11. which idiot made this? You mean a console takes more time to load console quality games than a mobile device to load mobile games? That’s like comparing the time that a cheetah can finish a 120 yard race to the time that a human can run a meter.

  12. @Alba, nice you share this information, but wrong to the point this little news it’s bad marketing for Switch. 10 seconds it’s nothing!

  13. What kind of idiotic fucking article is this? The Xbox one takes AT LEAST 20 seconds to boot up a game. Who thought this article was a good idea?! “Pales in comparison to smartphones and tablets”. HEY WISE GUY, CONSOLE GAMES ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN SMARTPHONE GAMES.

  14. Another atrocious article. You’re comparing apples and pears…. which is not okay.

    Switch is a dedicated console. Like the PS4 and Xbox One. It plays games in the traditional sense. Big games, with big budgets. Medium games, small games. Video games.

    Switch is not a mobile phone. Nor is it a tablet. This means it is not like the iPhone, iPad or a Pixel, Galaxy or anything similar. It does not play bite size, simple and stripped down Apps.

    These are not the same.

    10 seconds to load a Zelda game is incredible. The additional seconds from in-game menu to playing is also amazing.

    Compare that to PS4 booting something like The Last Guardian, Rise of the TR, Infamous… yeah, it’s outstanding.

  15. wew. compare this to something like the xbox one with comparable hardware. it’s impressive how quickly a device this small can render and load a game as huge and expansive as breath of the wild.

  16. A game’s loading time depends on a lot of things with size being one of them. Breath of the Wild is 13.4GB on the Switch and it has 4GBs of memory. If it’s on internal storage and they’re filling RAM on game boot then loading it form 350MB/s flash memory would take 11 seconds.

    If we take the download size of Final Fantasy IV off Google Play, we see is 446MB meaning this whole game can be loaded into memory in less than 2 seconds.

  17. I think what the article is asking, is if 10 seconds to load a Nintendo game is really an improvement given the Switch uses Cartridges.

    The good thing we can get from the article is that we shouldn’t expect instant loads like other Nintendo cart systems, and that if switch DOES get a big third party game, it’s likely it will be closer to current hen load times. Which is not what I personally expected. I thought the cartridges were going to be a lot faster, at least that’s how we’ve all been expecting it to work.

    I guess we won’t really know until we get to see Switch load a large, 3rd party title. Not just a Nintendo game that we know damn well is compressed and optimized like all Nintendo’s software.
    Now, if Switch could load, say, GTAV in 10-15 seconds… well that would be a miracle!

    1. And now that I’ve said that… if switch could load a current gen, non-Nintendo game at CURRENT accepted load times, given its running on a mobile processor and half the ram, that’s actually a plus for switch and would be the first sign of Cartridge advantages.

      Unfortunately, all we have to go on are WiiU ports and Indie games. It would be awesome to see Mass Effect be a surprise release title. I plan on clocking some serious time in that game and would consider buying a switch version of I had the option. The latest trailer was very cool.

    2. In a game like Zelda or GTA the time it takes to load is a matter of how much of the world you want to load into the RAM at start. Both of these games are obviously too large to load entirely, so, I suppose you mean that a graphically more demanding game, like GTA V, needs to load more into the memory so that it doesn’t have to stop for loading too often.

  18. Why are we comparing this with smartphone games?! Show me smartphone game that is 13 gigs in size!

  19. ||Irrelevant and illogical comparison, other than that, it will take 10 seconds to erase the last Xbots from the caved in our honeworld when Phase 3 begins…||

  20. ||Irrelevant and illogical comparison, other than that, it will take 10 seconds to erase the last Xbots from the caved in our homeworld when Phase 3 begins…||

  21. What’s the problem. the game is started in 10 seconds from a cartridge. Starting multiplayer in Titanfall 2 takes me 30 to 60 seconds. Start Halo Wars 2 right now and it takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
    Most Xbox Titles need to sync before they are ready if you switch to a different profile what takes 10-15 seconds. Are people going insane right now bashing this system?

  22. Have you ever loaded Pokemon Go? It takes like TWO MINUTES to load and sometimes it’s just a blank screen afterwards and you have to close the game again and load it again for 2 minutes. 10 seconds is an amazing short time!

  23. Whoever wrote this article comparing it to smartphone devices THIS IS A CONSOLE, IT PLAYS CONSOLE GAMES if you’re honestly gonna say 10 seconds is too long to load Zelda, you should go try playing Zelda on your smartphone device. Oh wait, you can’t? I wonder why…

  24. Hill climb racing 2 took about 10 seconds to load on galaxy note 3.

    Proper title would be: Zelda takes less than 15 seconds to boot.

  25. Cynical old me reckons that alba has played us all like a damn fiddle, intentionally using an unfair comparison to rile people up and ultimately gain more clicks. I wouldn’t put it past a site like this to do such a thing.


    “a significant amount of time” My ass.
    10 seconds is insignificant. Writing this comment took longer.

  27. We’re all sitting here complaining about this trash article while MyNintendoNews is getting rich from our clicks, they win either way. Well, except if you have adblock. Hue

  28. Just to keep it real, Zelda is not huge game in the world of gaming… in Nintendo’s ecosystem, yes. In the ocean of current hen games, it’s respectable, but on the medium small size. Just FYI.

  29. It isn’t a mobile phone or tablet, so the load times shouldn’t be compared to that, they should be compared to other consoles. Next question, is this load time from cartridge or internal memory? Because I remember that Smash on Wii U took about a minute to load from disc and about 40 seconds to load from HDD. 10 seconds still isn’t bad. I’m sure the size of the game plays part in the load times.

  30. Is this a joke article? I own a PS4 and Xbox One S and every game Ive played either takes about that long or even longer to launch. Also there’s no installs required either(at least not yet). Also every game ever has to load again to start the actual game after the main menu and the Switch seems to do that pretty quickly as well. Breath of the Wilds actual loading times compared to other open world games like GTA V,Skyrim, Just Cause 3 is like 500% faster.

    I don’t usually go out of my way to defend a system but come the hell on guys

  31. omg 10 seconds , thats it i’m canceling my pre order for the switch , what a dumb a…. what are you comparing this too ??? mobile games ??? well they too are about the same loading time if not longer and there extremely small files in comparisment ,all the games will load faster on switch compared to ps4 and xbox cus its cartridge base you dipstick

    mann the things i read online


  32. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

    10 seconds is a significant amount of time!? Bull, shit! Although, I do gotta wonder how long a digital game will take to load. Hopefully 10 seconds for that, too.

  33. 10 seconds? oh no that’s so long what am I going to do while I wait?

    Pffttt 10 seconds isn’t long at all considering the fact Xbox One takes longer to boot up and some games take about 10 seconds to load as well so it’s no big deal at all.

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