NBA 2K18 For Nintendo Switch Has Certain Limitations, Requires MicroSD Card


NBA 2K18 is finally available, providing players with the opportunity to slam with one of the best basketball sims on the market. And what's more, you can get it for Nintendo Switch as well, so you can take your dunking action on the go.

That said, there are a couple of limitations with the Switch version that you'll want to be aware of before you drop $60 on the game.

First off, the frame rate is slightly less than other versions. The game runs at 30 frames per second on the Switch, in both docked and portable mode – that's less than the 60 frames per second the game runs in on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Not that big a deal, though – it still looks good.

However, the second limitation is a bit more severe. The game is a pretty hefty download, clocking in at just over 26.8GB, including 5GB for the save by itself. And you know what that means – the 32GB Switch system memory isn't enough to handle it all. As a result, you'll need a microSD card. No exception.

Here's the breakdown, according to Nintendo:

"A microSD card (sold separately) is required to download NBA 2K18 for Nintendo Switch, in addition to 5GB per save file on the system memory. Please have the microSD card inserted before beginning the game download and ensure that you have a least 5GB of system memory (not on a microSD card) available.

Below are the storage space requirements:

  • Initial software download after purchase – 6.8 GB
  • Additional software update – 16.1 GB
  • Save file – 5 GB system memory per save file

Please note that a microSD card is required for both the digital and physical versions of the game. Additional information about this requirement is located on the game packaging and in the Nintendo eShop / Game Store."

This may be a dealbreaker for some folks, but it's also an ideal opportunity to finally upgrade your system with some memory. And it's fun to play, if that serves as any kind of advantage.


NBA 2K18 is available now for Nintendo Switch, as well as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



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