LEGO City Undercover was the first game on the Wii U that made people aware of its paltry storage space offered- it required so much storage that you flat out could not download the digital version on the Basic Wii U set, unless you had an external hard drive attached. And now, on the Nintendo Switch, that old specter raises its ugly head again.
Text on the back of LEGO City Undercover‘s retail packaging for the Nintendo Switch version suggested that the game requires an additional 13GB of storage even if you purchase the physical copy- suggesting that Warner Bros. had cheaped out and bought a smaller capacity cartridge to keep costs down, and pushed the rest of the game on to end users as a download. Given the Switch’s limited storage size, this led to outrage among a lot of Switch owners. Warner Bros. has since confirmed that if you buy a physical copy of the game, you don’t need to download anything to Eurogamer.
“Players who purchase Lego City Undercover on Nintendo Switch at retail do not need to download the game to play,” a company spokesperson said.
Which does not explain why exactly the box appears to claim that online connectivity is required for a single player game, or asks for 13GB of storage- but unless there is a gross misunderstanding somewhere, I think you should be able to buy LEGO City Undercover for your Switch without much worry.