Nintendo Switch's Wolfenstein 2 Requires Internet Download To Play

You'll need some free memory on Switch to play Bethesda's first-person shooter, even if you pick up a physical copy.


Following its release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC last fall, Bethesda's critically acclaimed first-person shooter Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. Like all other Switch games, it will be available digitally and at retail, but it appears you'll need to have some free space on your system even if you pick up a physical copy.

Bethesda has shared the box art for the Switch version of Wolfenstein II, and like a number of other Switch games, it features a bar at the top of the box that warns the game requires a download in order to play. The label doesn't specify how much storage you'll need to have to install the download, but it says you may need a micro SD card. You can take a look at the box art, along with a few screenshots, below.

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Wolfenstein II certainly isn't the only physical Switch game that requires a download to play. Rockstar's crime drama, LA Noire, likewise requires a fairly sizable download, while NBA 2K18's required download is so large that it won't fit on Switch at all unless players have a micro SD card.

Bethesda hasn't announced a release date for the Switch version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus yet. [Update: The release date has now been announced as June 29.] The port is being handled by Panic Button, the same studio responsible for bringing another visually intensive first-person shooter, Doom, to Switch. We got our first hands-on opportunity with the Switch version of Wolfenstein II at PAX East 2018 earlier this month; you can see how the game looks running in docked mode here.

Wolfenstein II originally released in October 2017 and was one of the most acclaimed games of the year. GameSpot's Kallie Plagge awarded it a 9/10 in our Wolfenstein II review and said, "Despite some heavy-handed moments that feel like missteps in its message, satisfying Nazi-killing action bolsters its completely bonkers storyline in a way that only Wolfenstein can achieve."

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