Time to upgrade your 3DS SD card: 'Pokémon Sun,' 'Moon' need more than 3GB each

digital versions of pokemon sun and moon may max out sd cards pokemonsize
Looking forward to downloading digital copies of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for your Nintendo 3DS next month? You may need to upgrade your external storage, as Nintendo confirmed (via Serebii) that Pokémon Sun and Moon are large enough to max out a stock 3DS SD card.

Weighing in at 3.2GB each, Pokémon Sun and Moon will claim the majority of available space offered by the 4GB SD cards that are bundled with most Nintendo 3DS handhelds, giving players little room for other games and applications.

Nintendo also warns that some players who download the demo versions of Pokémon Sun and Moon may not be able to transfer their saved data to purchased copies, as 4GB SD cards don’t offer enough storage space to accommodate both a demo and a full version of Pokémon Sun or Moon.

According to Nintendo, Pokémon Sun and Moon will each claim approximately 26,215 “blocks” of 3DS-defined external storage space, making them two of the largest 3DS games released to date, in terms of file size. A fan-curated list of Nintendo 3DS game file sizes reveals that few titles rival Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s hunger for storage space, save for exceptions like Square Enix’s expansive RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Capcom’s survival horror series sequel Resident Evil: Revelations.

Pokémon Sun and Moon also take up more space than previous Pokémon series releases Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which each weigh in at 14,395 blocks, or 1.8GB. Pokémon X and Y, meanwhile, occupy a comparatively paltry 13,801 blocks.

New Nintendo 3DS XL handhelds sold at retail include a free 4GB SD card for external storage, though players have the option of upgrading to a larger card and transferring their saved data using an included system utility. If you want to upgrade your system’s storage prior to the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, keep in mind that new Nintendo 3DS XL platforms require microSD cards, while original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS systems accept standard SD and SDHC cards.

Pokémon Sun and Moon premiere at retail and digitally via Nintendo’s eShop on November 18.

Gaming

Still trying to unlock your main in 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try these tips

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest entry in the series to date with over 70 characters to unlock, but the process can feel tiresome. Here are our tips to unlock your roster as quickly as possible.
Gaming

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?
Gaming

The most common Nintendo 3DS problems, and how to fix them

The Nintendo 3DS has seen its fair share of issues since it launched in 2011, including poor battery life and fragile Circle Pads. Here are some of the most common, as well as the steps you can take to solve them.
Gaming

Relive Nintendo’s handheld golden age with the 25 best Game Boy Advance games

The Game Boy Advance was the swan song of the Game Boy era. It also happened to have a boatload of amazing games. We decided to countdown our 25 favorite GBA games. Check it out and let us know your favorites in the comments below!
Gaming

Play your games whenever you want with a MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch uses cartridge-based games, but its internal storage may fill up quicker than you would think. Here's what you should consider when picking out a microSD card to expand your Switch's storage capacity.
Gaming

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.
Gaming

Ditch the meditation app. 'Katamari Damacy Reroll' is pure gaming zen

Katamari Damacy Reroll brings the magic of the PS2 classic to Nintendo Switch and PC. With updated visuals and the same great, singular loop, Reroll stands the test of time. Katamari Damacy is the ultimate relaxation game.
Mobile

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.
Gaming

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.
Gaming

Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Which console is worth your money?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Deals

Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles for December 2018

Microsoft's consoles are just as capable of streaming movies as they are of playing the latest games. Check out our top Xbox One deals and bundles, which include new and upcoming triple-A games like Battlefield V and Fallout 76.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Deals

The NES Classic is back in stock just in time for the holidays

The NES Classic is back in stock at multiple outlets at its original launch price of $60 in time for Christmas. Retailers offering it online are Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy -- if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for…
Gaming

Some ‘Fortnite’ players aren’t too happy with the new Infinity Blade weapon

The most recent update for Fortnite added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to battle royale, and some players aren't happy with how much it has changed the game during competitions.