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[Unanswered] how much space do digital games take up?
Old 08-22-2013, 12:41 PM
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Title says it all. Been thinking about covering to digital but was wondering what size sd card to buy. What size would you recommend? And on average how much memory does a game usually take up? Thanks!
Old 08-22-2013, 11:22 PM
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I would not know the average, but there are games like Donkey Kong that take up little to no space, and games like Fire Emblem that take up over 8,000 "blocks". I have an 8 GB SD card, and I would recommend that you get one of those too.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:48 AM
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It really depends on the game with Nintendo. If your buying games also available at retail (cartridges) online you would want at least a 4GB SD card. To give you an idea of what some games take up memory wise 8000blocks = 1Gigabyte and most cartridge games take up 500MB-1GB where DSiware and virtual console don't take up a much memory.

If you plan to only buy 3DSware, DSiware, and virtual console 2GB could work (unless you record videos on the same SD). If you plan to download a few retail games on the SD card I recommend at least 4GB. If your SD card is the only method you buy games (or you like to take pictures, videos and listen to music while still downloading games) I recommend an 8GB. I do not recommend buying solely from the e-shop simply because if your 3DS stops working (and you can't transfer) you have to repurchase your games on another 3DS, of course your free to do that and buy as big 'a card you want.
I've heard you can just copy-paste data from card to card so you can use the default card now and upgrade later.
On a last note these size recommendations assume your using that SD card solely for your 3DS not your 3DS and Wii(U)/other systems/devices.
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