Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have a mandatory install on Wii U, even with the physical edition

Clear up 3GB on some sort of device

After the big Nintendo Switch conference, it was revealed that Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be launching on Wii U the same day as the Switch version. But what they didn’t tell you is that it would have a mandatory install on Wii U — even if you own the disc version.

According to the official site, roughly 3GB of space will be required to play the game, which Nintendo recommends that you don’t install on a flash drive (a standard HDD with a power cable is okay). This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has allowed installs for disc-based games, but it is the first time it’s not optional for a first-party title.

Xenoblade Chronicles X had a similar situation with its “loading packs,” but those weren’t required to play. If you have a gigantic HDD for your Wii U you’re fine, but if you’re still somehow rocking a base Wii U, plan ahead!

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Chris Carter
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