You may recall the news from earlier today where Nintendo confirmed that they will be partnering with Western Digital for specially-branded Switch microSD cards. Well, one thing that caught some attention in the press release was that “a microSD card will be needed for certain Nintendo Switch games that contain an especially large amount of content and require additional storage for players to enjoy the full experience”. NBA 2K18 has already been confirmed for this requirement, and the game’s updated box art has revealed that the requirement will be relayed to potential buyers on the box art itself. Digital players will be able to see “standard information noting how large the game is”. Nintendo explained to IGN why they are making this move:
Some Nintendo Switch games will require consumers to purchase an additional microSD memory card to play them. Our expanded storage solution offers flexibility for those who need it to play these games. People can choose exactly how much additional storage space they want to buy, depending on the number and type of games they play, and the amount of content they plan to download,
However, even if you don’t have a microSD card, Nintendo has stated that you will still be able to play a portion of the game “right out of the box”. The full game experience and content is what will require a microSD. Here’s what they had to say:
If you purchase a physical version of a game that requires an additional microSD memory card, you will be able to play a portion of the game right out of the box (for example, specific levels or modes). To enjoy the full game, downloading additional data is required. Depending on the storage requirements for each game, it may be necessary to purchase a microSD card to expand storage space. When purchasing a digital version of the game, it may also be necessary to purchase a microSD card depending on the game’s storage requirements and the storage available on the consumer’s Nintendo Switch console.