The Nintendo Switch console is a tablet on the smaller side, and its cartridge-based games are sized appropriately. But it’s hard to gauge just how appropriately tiny the Switch cartridge is until you’re holding it in your hands — or holding it right up next to a bunch of other familiar objects.
To get a much better sense of the size of the adorably small Switch cartridge, we placed it side-by-side with a ton of different objects. That includes other Nintendo cartridges from throughout the years (along with a special appearance from a PlayStation Vita game), but it also includes some very unrelated things we found lying around the office.
Follow along to see our new favorite game cartridge in all of its baby-sized glory.
The Nintendo Switch — and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the cartridge that stars in this gallery — hits retail March 3.
- From left to right, there’s a Nintendo 64 cartridge, Game Boy Advance cart, Nintendo DS cart, Nintendo 3DS cart, PlayStation Vita cart and, finally, the Switch’s cartridge. The Switch cartridge is a bit thicker than the Vita one, but they’re otherwise around the same sizie.
- Here’s another look to get a sense of how the recent handheld console’s cartridges compare. The Switch cart is noticeably chunkier than the Vita’s, but it’s still shockingly small.
- When the Switch cart is seated next to a Nintendo 3DS XL, its small stature really starts to stand out.
- The 2DS is a bit longer than the 3DS XL, but it’s not that different in size. Either way — it’s bigger than the Switch cart.
- Wanna play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on your 3DS? Yeah, no. Not happening. That cartridge is too small for the slot.
- The Switch’s game cases are stunning, but they’re also kind of a waste of plastic. Look at how much bigger the case is than that tiny game cartridge!
- To the right is an iPhone 6. To the left, a Switch cartridge. Yup, that’s a big size difference.
- Red Dead Redemption probably won’t be coming to the Switch anytime soon. Still, feel free to pretend that the tiny cartridge on the table next to it is Red Dead Redemption’s Switch port, not Zelda.
- The iPad Pro is the biggest iPad on the market, at more than a foot long. It’s kind of hilarious how tiny the Switch game card looks in comparison.
- Finally! Something smaller than a Switch cart. A penny is tinier than Breath of the Wild on Switch, but not by much — uh, in terms of the physical card, that is.
- A quarter is a bit wider than a Switch card, but it’s otherwise shorter.
- We picked up this commemorative coin at an event last June. It’s roughly the same height as the Breath of the Wild’s cartridge, which is pretty cute.
- One stick of Trident peppermint-flavored gum is a smidgen taller than a physical copy of Breath of the Wild for Switch.
- You’ll need 60 of these bad boys to get your own copy of Breath of the Wild on Switch. Just don’t lose the cartridge in the middle of that stack of bucks.
- The Switch is a handheld hybrid console meant to be taken out on the go. Hand sanitizer is a wise travel companion. Just as it fits easily into any bag, so too does a Switch cart.
- A Pokémon card is twice the size a Switch cart. Here’s hoping we see a Pokémon game on the Switch soon enough.
- In case you’re traveling and want to bring your Switch along — which you can, easily! — you could probably get away with tucking Breath of the Wild right into your passport.
- For New York City subway riders, a MetroCard is essential. We also expect to see plenty of Switch tablets on our morning commutes pretty soon.
- Soda and gaming go hand in hand. Just don’t lose your copy of Breath of the Wild inside your can.
- Same deal: If you’re craving caffeine, coffee’s a good choice. Please keep your games away from all liquids, though.
- Here’s our Build-A-Bear Pikachu. He’s no small guy. The Switch cart by his foot is major proof.
- Zelda looks pretty great next to a copy of her newest game. We’re looking forward to spending more time with her in Breath of the Wild.