The official Japanese website for Pokémon Sun And Moon has listed the estimated file size for the game, and if you're one of those people who is still using a single-digit SD card, you might want to look away now.
Each game will take up around 3.2GB - which is 26,214 blocks - on your SD card. The official site recommends you have at least a 4GB SD card (with practically nothing else on it, we assume) and also points out that having the demo and the main game may (read: will) result in a lack of storage space. It also helpfully adds that a larger SD card is highly recommended.
Will this news force you to upgrade your SD card, or are you already rocking a 16 or even 32GB variant?
I have a 64GB micro-SD card, but I'll be getting both games physically.
I've had a 32GB for years and I always buy physical if ever given the chance.
If I was buying the game that is. Although 3.2GB isn't really all that big; then again I've seen early 7th Gen sandbox home console games going for around 8GB so for something on the 3DS, it perhaps is kind of on the large size.
32GB here for my N3DS. But if I do get the game I'll get it physically...maybe.
Wow and I thought Yokai watch 3 was big at 22107 blocks
Oh, I misread this as the demo size was 3.2GB
I have a 32GB micro-SD card but whenever I get Sun and/or Moon it'll definitely only be physical. It's no Hyrule Warriors Legends for sure (I got both physical and digital).
For a second I was worried, but then I remembered that I'm getting this game physically. (Can't trust with SD cards with save data anymore, at least on my current 3DS)
Well, I only ever buy physical if I can help it. The only exception was Kirby Planet Robobot, because GAME had sold out by the time I got there. Apparently, they only had two copies in stock. Can you believe that?
no need to worry if you buy a physical copy
My N3DS is rockin' a 128GB mSD, which is probably more than twice as much space as I'll ever need. However, I have one hell of a digital library built up, more than what 32GB will hold, and I have plenty of games on my to-buy list!
Exaggerating a bit, aren't we?
So about the same size as the first Bravely Second, but still smaller than Xenoblade. And about 1.77x the size of Omega/Alpha.
It's not THAT big, but it still ends up very high in the list of the most massive 3DS games. I wonder what changed so abruptly since gen 6. Maybe some of the new Pokémon are just really fat
a few months ago, I had to start deleting demos because I filled up the 32 GB SD Card! lasted 4 years to fill up!
I'll probably update to a 64 GB card someday!
Doesn't really affects me as I always buy physical copies.
Just out of interest what is the biggest 3DS game file size wise?
I'll be fine with my 64GB card, but I'm not even sure I'll be bothering with Sun and Moon after the lacklustre X, Y & ORAS (imo). Perhaps if the game scores very highly, but so far it doesn't look much different to me.
@PlaytendoGuy A quick Google search suggests that it's Xenoblade Chronicles 3D at 3.6 GB
Fingers crossed that some of that larger file size is for an extra region!
Buying digital so I don't have to keep carting and switching the cards around. It's not a game I plan to sell later either.
I have a 32GB SDHC card so I'm totally fine with it, I never played X/Y and Omega/Alpha but dang are all Pokemon games this big ???
Already rocking a 32 GB one indeed, but I'll be getting it physically though, so no worries either way. Prefer the shelf over a menu, as I'm old- fashioned in that sense.
Welp, time to upgrade.
can't wait ahah getting it on release day! my 64GB micro SD card is ready 😈
Rocking 64 GB. I'll most likely download both versions. I haven't went physical since Kid Icarus Uprising. Despite that though, I might consider getting one version physically this time around.
SD cards are dirt cheap in this day and age so this isnt really a problem.
It's a Pokemon game, so I have to get the physical copy. I always buy physical, but I definitely will if it's Pokemon.
I've got a 32gb card, but it's nearly full actually.
So I'll be upgrading that to 64gb soon hopefully.
WOW everyone getting it physically?! I moved on to digital for portables a long time ago, I mean it just makes so much sense to have your whole game library with you 24/7
@Moon I'm with you, was disappointed by XY and especially ORAS (but maybe I'm just getting old xD), if this game scores super well, I'll give non-competitive pokemon one more chance
Not planning to get this digital, but I gotta admit it's a very small file size for a game with over 800 unique 3D models (just playing safe, it's very likely that will be even closer to 900).
And that without considering all the human characters, all the enviroments and all the musics!
I know it's a 3DS game and not an HD home console one, but still I can't believe they can squeeze so much contenent in such a small file size >.>;;;
I have a 32gb SD card, but I'll be buying the games physically.
How big is the demo going to be?
Bless my console's previous owner for investing into a 64 Gb card.
My 128gb is full... upgrading to 256gb soon.
Doesn't bother me. I have plenty of space on my 3DS. I don't even have half of my SD card full. Plus getting this physically not sure if I will download Moon or not since I am getting two copies of each ( I have 3 kids who want this game).
Good thing I got a 32gb card
Is it easy to transfer data on my current 3ds over to a new ad card?
I love that so many people are finally buying physical copies of games again. Maybe there's hope for this industry yet. 👍
Darn. Looks like I might be going physical with it then. I never have a thing to spend those gold coins on anyway, other than mediocre discounts for games I own
I plan on converting most of my 3DS collection to digital so I was going to get a 64GB SD card. Hopefully that won't be an issue. Out of curiosity, is 64GB the highest capacity the 3DS can handle?
@Kroko the first bravely second..... So bravely default
I have a 64 in mine, pretty sure it's going to be full soon though as I buy most of my games digitally
I'm buying the physical cartridge.
It's $10 to get a 32 GB now. There's absolutely no point in buying anything smaller.
@wiggleronacid It can take any SD card if it has been Fat32 formatted. 1-32GB don't need to be Fat32 formatted, but 64, 128, 256, etc need to be.
@Knuckles Thanks for the information! I searched online a bit and couldn't really find a definitive answer.
I have a 32 gb but only for dlc and some digital only games. Pokemon is always physical!
I have a 32GB card. But this would definitely be a physical pick-up. Love that box art!
Can I just buy any SD card for my ads or does it have to be a certain kind?
Already sporting a 32GB but its getting full as it is. Good thing I don't care about this game at all...
I have my 32GB at the ready, but I'm getting Pokemon as a hard copy, as always!
I'm getting a physical copy, so this is a non-problem for me.
My Nintendo games 99.99% physical copy. I only have 4 digital download games (Wii U VC and Wii U eshop only games).
I've already had a 32 Gig Card myself for years now, but wow.
At least this means there's going to be alot of content for Pokemon S&M.
My entire 3DS game library is digital, excluding my Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition game cart, and all of it is stored onto a 128GB micro SD card, so I'm not worried at all about the file size. I moved completely to digital with my handhelds due to the fact that I switch between games quite frequently on portable systems, thus, investing in digital only has proved quite fruitful for me.
Doesn't matter to me, I only buy games digitally if it is mandatory.
...Unless they pull a Monster Hunter Generations and make it mandatory that an SD Card is needed.
I'll probably be getting Sun as a download since I have a mostly-empty 32 gb SD card. I got Alpha Sapphire physically but I ended up not having much time to play it due to how much I switched back and forth between New Leaf (I would've gotten New Leaf digitally but I hear that version of the game is more prone to corruption).
It had better be, with only 4 main islands.
I have a 32GB, but I'm getting Sun/Moon physically.
Even with my 32 GB card I don't have enough space. Looks like I've gotta delete some demos.
Getting one of the two games physically, so I can stick with my single digit SD card.
Let's get physical, physical, I wanna get physical.
i have a 32gb sd card so i would probably be fine but i already pre ordered the steelbook version so i dont care
Huh, so they have no problem fitting one version of Pokemon S&M (I'm never going to get over that) into a 4 GB card for (presumably) $40-45, but with Fire Emblem Fates, the Special Edition (which takes up less than 3.2 GB for Conquest and Birthright put together) was not the standard edition because the base price would somehow be jacked up to $50-60.
Hm.... There must be a ton of new stuff in there!
....So, what were teh sizes for XYORAS?
I wasn't interested in the game until I heard the file size...has me thinking there will be a bunch of content in the game. I've got to rethink things.
ACNL digital version is easily to corrupt ?
Wait! Is this only for the digital versions? Will the physical take up this much space as well?
128 GB life!
@Joeynator3000 1.7GB/1.8GB respectively, IIRC.
.......Hoenn confirmed then? o.o
I still have the microSD card that came with my n3DS and I don't really download anything outside of demos that I play and then remove once I get bored. I probably will upgrade though just in case.
I've had a 32GB card in my 3DS for a few years now...and I'm still nowhere near close to filling it up (even with putting some music on there).
My MicroSD card is in the triple digits of GB. I think between 120-165. I haven't checked it out since I bought it, and it cost me quite a bit of money. Let's just say that not even downloading both versions of the game would be enough to worry me or my storage space.
I'm happy that I got a 64GB in my 3DS.
32GB here, so I'm fine. Got over 20 games and enough space for plenty more.
@Anti-Matter Yeah, I've heard horror stories about people losing their ACNL towns...I've got 1,300+ hours invested. Can't risk it.
I'm also rockin' 32GB, so I'll probably be downloading Pokémon Moon. The only games I've downloaded thus far are Planet Robobot, and Spirit of Justice, so this shouldn't pose a threat to my SD card.
Wow, that's cool to hear - in general, I suppose a higher file size suggests more content or improved textures, etc. As for me, I have a 32GB SD Card but try to buy physical in general (for the purpose of resale or sharing with my spouse). I will almost certainly buy this game on its physical medium, but my 32GB card is still filling up with indie games!
@Kroko Gen 1 Pikachu confirmed?
My 128 GB micro sd card in my 3DS is just about full, I officially need to upgrade to 200 GB. I'd go 256 GB and get the highest capacity currently available for micro sd cards, but it is considerably more expensive than a 200 GB micro sd card.
Got a 200gb microSD in my N3DS and just ordered another to upgrade my 128gb microSD in my N3DS XLR.
Think I'm covered.
I'm more concerned about hitting that 300 install limit before I'll actually run out of space.
So in other words... buy the cartridge. I filled up enough of my memory card with Pokemon Y. Only got that one because it was a free club Nintendo deal (though it did get me hooked)
I've held off on pre ordering S&M until the NX is announced.
Digital download is my preference but maybe the NX will be backwards compatible?
@3dsgeek333 I have a digital copy of ACNL and have never had an issue. Not sure where you heard that story.
@EverythingAmiibo I'll buy home and Steam games digitally, always.
However owning a DS cartridge and box is something special that can never be emulated
Well I still got a 16GB SDHC card.
I have a 32gb SDHC Micro, but I'm getting these games physically.
Mario Maker, now, that'll be a digital version.
I will get the physical version because I like to carry 20 3ds cartridges everywhere I go LOL
64GB here already, but it is almost full. I'll be getting Pokemon on card rather than download anyway though.
@JaxonH What 300 install limit? I've over 350 things on my 3DS.
I don't think you do. No.
You might have 350 things but not more than 300 installs. That's the limit. After the limit is reached, installs start disappearing. They're still technically installed, but won't show up again until there's less than 300. Each install past the limit deletes another install somewhere else.
And, Wii U seems to have this same 300 limit.
@JaxonH I've just counted, and I was wrong - I have 297 icons on my home screen (all programs and games - no badges). I have around 40 empty spaces though, in addition.
Ya I thought for sure it couldn't be right, until I saw my games start disappearing with every ibstall. About 13 games total gone. Thought something was messed up. So I Googled it and sure enough, Nintendo enforces a limit for some reason
@JaxonH 298 now, so we'll see soon enough!
Try adding badges for those last 3. Should stop you after 2 more and say you can't add anything more to home screen
@JaxonH And sully my home screen with tat?! What!
I'll give that a go later.
@JaxonH 330, it seems. I had 360 possible spaces (4 rows of 90), and when my 298 were supplemented with badges it stopped once I had 30 blank spaces.
Some stuff doesn't count as installs if it installs to NAND. You have to go into system settings under data management and you'll see 6o pages of 5 installs. Total of 300. However many free slots you have there will determine how many badges you can install. So I'm betting under data management you really had 270 that counted toward your limit. That's the only way you can truly keep an accurate count
@JaxonH 55 pages of 5, one page of 3. 278 by that metric:
Yup, so you have 278. Leaving you with 22 free slots. The badges I'm not so sure on, sometimes I think my folder and system shortcut badges don't count but, you should remember that you have 22 installs left before filling up. Once you get down to page 60 you'll have to start juggling installs and rotating out ones you don't play.
@JaxonH But I watch that Green Lantern trailer all the time!
This is the guide I followed. Have fun!
I am using a 256GB microSD in my new 3DS, which I got for free thanks to preordering the explosive Galaxy Note 7 lol. 999,999 blocks free at the moment.
For those asking how, you need to find the desktop application that allows you to format the SD card into FAT32. There are a few guides around on the web for it.
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