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Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Diamond & Pearl Remakes Have Huge File Sizes

The digital versions of Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl seem to have large file sizes for Nintendo Switch games. The announcement of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes and prequel Pokémon Legends: Arceus came back in February as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebration. Surprisingly, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be the first titles in the main series not developed by Game Freak.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is also notable for the franchise, as it’s the first game in the mainline series to introduce new action RPG elements. The Pokémon Diamond and Pearl prequel (or “premake” as developer Game Freak refers to it) will feature an open world expanding on the Wild Area concept that was introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield, where Pokémon roam freely in an explorable overworld. It will be set in the Hisui region, the ancient land that later became known as the Sinnoh region prior to the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Some of the elements of the open-world game will be significantly different from the rest of the series, such as the removal of random encounters and the introduction of Pokémon Legends: Arceus's Battle Styles.

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The Nintendo Switch eShop pages for Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl now show the storage requirements for their digital versions, which are relatively substantial in size as far as Switch games go. According to these newly updated listings, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will require 13GB of space, which is comparable to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's 13.4GB file size. Meanwhile, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will require 10GB each, or 20GB if customers purchase the double pack containing both games. The file sizes of the three games are also expected to increase further, as day one and post-launch patches and updates are commonplace.

In comparison, the latest mainline entries in the series, Pokémon Sword and Shield, required 12.4GB for the base games, while the Pokémon Let’s Go remakes only took up 4.2GB of storage space apiece. To be fair, since Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an open-world action RPG, the larger file size makes sense despite being abnormal for the Pokémon franchise. However, it's not as obvious why Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are expected to take up so much more space than Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

Any player that plans to have all three of the upcoming titles installed may have to purchase a microSD card or free up some storage on their current one, as the estimated 33GB in total is larger than the Nintendo Switch's 32GB internal storage. Those who want to pick up the newly announced Nintendo Switch Lite Dialga and Palkia Edition will also need to invest in external storage if they want to digitally download and cycle between the games at will, as the special edition handheld has the same internal storage constraints.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be available for Nintendo Switch on November 19, 2021. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be available for Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022.

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