Earlier today, as reported by DualShockers, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced new premium and anniversary editions of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition for North America and Europe respectively. It didn’t take long for folks around the internet to notice something strange about the box art for the Nintendo Switch version of the game’s North American Anniversary Bundle.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 17, 2018
Upon close examination, it became apparent that the Nintendo Switch box art for Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition appears to have a disclaimer warning customers that the game will require an additional, mandatory download. These disclaimers have appeared on Switch games like NBA 2K18 and LA Noire in the past with the former game’s cover art stating “Internet download and microSD card required” and the latter’s cover art stating “Internet download require. microSD card may be required.”
These warnings (and downloads themselves) come much to the chagrin of game preservationists and box art aficionados. While it’s understandable that publishers feel the need to warn consumers about a game’s mandatory download, these publishers could also make use of the larger Switch cartridges available from Nintendo. In fact, after being questioned by several Twitter users, the official Tales of Vesperia Twitter account confirmed that the European Switch version of the game will not need an additional download as it will be sold on a 16GB cartridge.
The EU Switch version includes a 16 Gb cartridge, so there shouldn’t be any additional download 🙂
— Tales of… (@TalesofU) September 17, 2018
UPDATE: Bandai Namco has clarified that the box art they released earlier today is not the final box art, and the physical Switch version of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition across all regions will ship on a 16 GB cartridge and not require an additional download to play.
Apologies for the confusion, that is not the final box art for the Switch version and it WILL ship on a 16 GB cart, NO additional download will be required. Pre-Order AWAY!
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) September 17, 2018