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Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC File Size on Switch and Wii U Revealed

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An update post on the official Nintendo Japan website reveals the file size for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC pack on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

The Legend of Zelda fans around the world are likely bracing themselves for the launch of an extra special franchise addition: the first ever DLC pack for Breath of the Wild. Arriving in just a few days, on Friday, June 30, the inaugural add-on comes bundled with plenty of exciting features, which were outlined during this year's E3. However, one specificity that had yet to be clarified was exactly how large the Breath of the Wild Master Trials DLC would be. Now, Nintendo's Japanese website clears up the uncertainty and reveals the file size for the content pack on Switch and Wii U.

According to the site, the Master Trials DLC clocks in at just 456 MB for the Nintendo Switch. But on the company's less shiny and new console, the pack is significantly larger. Those who are playing Breath of the Wild on Wii U can expect the Master Trials DLC to take up 3.7 GB of storage.

With multiple new items and modes tacked on to the Master Trials DLC, those gaming on a Wii U might not find the bulky file size much of an issue. Players can get their hands on a slew of base game add-ons like the Trial of the Sword mode, which forces fans to battle against onslaughts of opponents that come tumbling their way. They'll traverse through 45 different rooms – without using any existing tools or weapons gathered during previous gameplay – to take down their enemies. Those who successfully complete the mode will witness the Master Sword gain double damage-dishing power. The DLC also includes the amped-up Master Mode that utilizes additional save slots, the Korok Mask, the Travel Medallion that opens up temporary travel portals on the map, the Hero's Path, and eight brand new armor items.

The Master Trials DLC is only the start of the Breath of the Wild DLC packs. A second content bundle, called the Champions' Ballad DLC, will roll out sometime during holiday 2017 and centers around four Link-era champions: Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa. When fans purchase the Master Trials, they'll automatically purchase the Champions' Ballad, as the two can only be bought together through the Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass. That runs for $20 USD.

Though the disparity between the two file sizes is quite large, it isn't exactly a surprise, especially considering the sequence of events that has unfolded in the past. When Breath of the Wild was first released, players who picked up the title for the older generation console faced a hefty requisite download before they could even start adventuring as Link. Wii U owners were required to download a 3 GB update to begin playing Breath of the Wild. It's a considerable price of entry in terms of storage, but given how well the game has been received – at one point setting the record for perfect review scores – it may be well worth it for most fans.

Breath of the Wildis out now on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. The Master Trials DLC will launch on June 30, 2017.

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This is how much space you'll need for Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Master Trials DLC

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack will arrive on June 30. So how much storage space will you need to keep clear in order to try out the new challenge rooms, difficulty mode, and bonus items (like the above Tingle outfit) of The Master Trials? Assuming you're playing on Nintendo Switch, not too much - just 456MB for the Japanese version, according to this image spotted by Reddit user tonicodrea. International versions probably won't diverge much from that figure.

Assuming you have a decent-sized MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch, 456MB should be no trouble at all. You'll probably even be fine just with system storage assuming you don't have a bunch of downloadable games installed. The Wii U version of The Master Trials, though, that's gonna take up a whole 3.7GB. No idea why there's such a big difference - the full game itself is nearly the same download size (about 13GB) on either console.

If you aren't sure what all this Master Trials business is about, you can catch up with this gameplay preview from Nintendo's E3 2017 presentations.

For more open-air excellence, read about how Zelda: Breath of the Wild is shaping the future of games.

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The first add-on content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrives later this week, on June 30, and Nintendo's Japanese website has revealed how much space the DLC pack will take up when it rolls out for Switch and Wii U. What's striking about the file size, though, is how much larger it is for Nintendo's older console.

On Switch, the Breath of the Wild Master Trials DLC takes up only 456 MB. On Wii U, however, the DLC pack weighs in at 3.7 GB. While it's unclear why the DLC is considerably larger for the Wii U version, this isn't the first time something like this has happened; players who purchased the game on the last-gen system also had to download a mandatory 3 GB update before they could begin playing.

Master Trials is the first of two planned DLC packs for Breath of the Wild, which can only be purchased together through the game's $20 Expansion Pass. This DLC adds a more difficult Master Mode (which uses its own separate save slots), an assortment of new costumes and armor, and a Travel Medallion that lets players create a temporary fast-travel point on the map. The most notable addition, however, is the Trial of the Sword, a 45-room challenge that, once completed, fully awakens the Master Sword's power.

The second round of DLC for Breath of the Wild, the Champions' Ballad pack, isn't slated to arrive until this holiday season, but Nintendo gave fans a brief glimpse at it during the company's E3 2017 presentation earlier this month. That DLC pack will feature a new story chapter that revolves around the four champions from Link's era--Daruk, Revali, Mipha, and Urbosa. Nintendo will also release new Amiibo figures of each of the four characters.

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I finished Zelda a while back, though I think I've only got around 60 or 70 shrines completed, and no where near doen with the Korok seeds. Don't know if I'll even bother with getting all the seeds....

I want that bike though... I really want that bike.
As someone that's completed the game before doing the DLC I hated it, but i'd reccomend it to you since you havent finished yet.

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Are you good at the game or do you want to be good? If you are the type that doesn't want to try difficulty then the DLCs aren't for you. If you want a challenge then the DLC is worth it.

Just the bike is not worth $20.

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Dunno about file size but yes the DLC is well worth $20.

Patches and DLC total 2.5 gigs.

you guys were f***ing late as hell. The first comment came days after I posted it, and probably when it was already on the 2nd or 3rd pages. Anyway, I went ahead and bought the DLC like a day or two days ago.

Haven't done much with it though. I tried the Trial of the Sword and got rekt by the rock monster. It didn't occur to me that might happen. I thoguht I'd breeze through it. Whenever I came across the rock monster in the regular game, I just ran away. I ended up finding an okay strategy to take it's life away gradually with bombs but I couldn't catch my stride before it killed me. Would this strategy work? Run away, throw bombs to destroy it's arms. When it goes down to get another rock, throw another bomb to destroy it's arms. Then throw a bomb at the Ore thing on it's back. Rinse and repeat until it dies? Will that work?

Also, was the white dragon thing a part of the DLC? I ended up coming across a white dragon that was covered in that demon goo stuff and I had to free it to unlock a shrine.

On the Talus monsters: I usually climb up on their back, smack em with a Stasis+, whip out a 2-handed hammer weapon, and Spin-2-Win.

The dragon is from the base game.

All of the DLC quests are marked with an EX before their names.


Definitely not worth 20 bucks. It’s mostly stuff an indie would patch in for free, definitely not worthy of a price tag.


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The first DLC pack for Zelda Breath of the Wild, called Master Trials, is coming out on June 30th, for both the Wii-U and Nintendo Switch. The official website of Nintendo Japan revealed the file size of the DLC for both consoles. As it turns out, the Wii-U version will be downright enormous compared to the Switch one.

Zelda BOTW Master Trials DLC File Size Smaller on Switch than Wii-U

The Master Trials is the first of two large DLC packs planned for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. During this year’s E3, Nintendo announced more details about both DLCs, Master Trials and Champions’ Ballad, which is when we found out that Master Trials would come out on June 30th. We’ve covered the contents of Master Sword before, and Nintendo has consistently released more information about the upcoming DLC. For example, we learned that the first Zelda BOTW DLC will use a separate save slot, and we even got an extended Trial of the Sword gameplay video.

So, with the Master Trials DLC just around the corner, Nintendo Japan has revealed the file sizes for both the Switch and Wii-U version. Somewhat surprisingly, the file sizes are vastly different. The Nintendo Switch version will take up 456 MB, while the Wii-U version stands at a staggering (in comparison to the other version) 3.7 GB. That’s quite a gap there. To be fair, the Wii-U version of Breath of the Wild demanded an extra update of 3 GB to even be able to play. Still, what’s going on in the Wii-U DLC there that will fill up several more gigabytes? Perhaps it needs to patch up some Wii-U problems that will better prepare the terrain for the patch.

Either way, whether you own Breath of the Wild on the Switch or the Wii-U, I’m sure you’ll be happy to play the DLC when it comes out. Both DLCs can be obtained by buying the $20 season pass, in case you haven’t secured it yet.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Champions' Ballad - TGA 2017 Trailer (Nintendo Switch)

We have a little less than 48 hours until the Blood Moon approaches for the first time in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack. Over on Nintendo of Japan’s site dedicated to the game, an update provided the file sizes for the DLC. Surprisingly, the Wii U’s download is a bit heavy, to the tune of 3.7GB. The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, is not even half a gig, clocking in at 456MB.

It’s interesting to see the technological gap between the two versions, possibly due to the Wii U version getting some extra fine-tuning to help support all the new content. I think it’s safe to assume it’s more than likely that we’ll see this contrast in file sizes this holiday season when the second half of the DLC drops.

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