NBA 2K18 and Future Games Could Require SD Card on Switch

Nintendo Switch, Western Digital, SanDisk


Nintendo went with the decision to ditch the traditional disk format we see with most game consoles in favor of the cartridge format for the Nintendo Switch. As a result, some of the upcoming games will have some issues being packed onto one which will push Switch owners to purchase a microSD card for additional storage.

Nintendo has announced a partnership with Western Digital to create licensed Nintendo Swtich SanDisk memory cards which will give Switch owners a Nintendo-licensed microSD card to expand their storage. These microSD cards will be available with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage and will feature both the Nintendo Switch and SanDisk logos. The Nintendo Switch supports additional storage up to 2 TB. You can already purchase microSD cards for your Switch but those ones won’t have the Nintendo logo on them and that’s what’s important, right?

We don’t have a clear idea of what games will be affected by this going forward but we do know NBA 2K18 will be one of them. This might be an issue that only plagues third-party games but it’s too early to tell for certain. The games will be labeled with warnings when you will need a microSD card so you won’t be greeted with any surprises once you go to fire up the game. A digital download of NBA 2K18 will come in around 25 GB.

Nintendo ran into a similar situation with Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U. While the game didn’t require any extra downloading, there was an option that was available to download about 11 GB of extra DLC in an effort to speed up downloading times.

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Box art showing the microSD Card requirement.

IGN confirmed that portions of the game will still be available without the microSD card but you will need additional storage if you want full access to the title.

“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),” a representative for Nintendo of America told IGN.

“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.”

We reported in August that the Nintendo Switch version of NBA 2K18 could potentially have amiibo support. A Japanese store listing for the game seemingly confirmed the plans but didn’t detail any uses for the amiibo. Game Informer spoke with Visual Concepts and confirmed the game does not feature amiibo support. However, other outlets such as GameSpot has said amiibo support is in so we don’t know what to think about it. This doesn’t mean it can’t come in the future but it does seem unlikely. US Gamer has confirmed the Nintendo Switch version of NBA 2K18 will be on par with the other versions of the game, including the new Neighborhood mode.

NBA 2K18 on the Nintendo Switch releases September 15 digitally while the physical version arrives October 17.

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