Not Enough Space to Download Nintendo Switch eShop Content

The information in this article can help you when there is not enough space to download digital content or a specific game from the Nintendo Switch eShop.


  • Storage requirements vary by game.

  • Information about specific game storage requirements (including whether a microSD card is required) is always located on the game packaging (physical versions) and in the Nintendo eShop (digital versions).

  • You should always verify that you have the required storage space before making your purchase.

What to do:

  • Expand the available memory on your Nintendo Switch system by purchasing a microSD card.

    • MicroSD cards are available in different sizes, and are also useful for future digital purchases.

    • Nintendo sells microSD cards on the My Nintendo Store. They are available through many different retailers.

    • For information about using microSD Cards on Nintendo Switch, click here.

  • Free up currently used storage space on your Nintendo Switch system.

    • Verify the current amount of storage space on your Nintendo Switch console, and delete or archive files that you are not currently using.

    • Game save data is stored on the console’s System Memory, and cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card. You can free up space in the System Memory using Manage Save Data/Screenshots.

    • Software data (including downloaded software, software updates, and screenshots) can be stored on the System Memory or on a microSD card.

    • For general information about data management on Nintendo Switch, click here.