[Poll] The NX will have game cartridges?

Will the NX be using cartridges?


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Robin

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Ok, it's rumors, but somehow, it makes sense.

So there's a rumor going on that the NX is going to be cartridge based, going back to Nintendo's old console system, and leaving beind the DVD/Bluray system.

I already sensed this was possibly going to be true, before all rumors started, since cartridges are now way better than optical discs. We're talking about more memory, more speed, extra hardware for special functions, faster loading speeds and less noise and heat from the console. Cartridges are also cheaper to produce and have their own memory slot, allowing for more free memory on the console. So it just makes sense.

The reason why Nintendo switched to opical discs with the Nintendo GameCube, was due to the limitations of memory on the cartridges, something that the Nintendo 64 suffered, and most likely the reason why Final Fantasy 7 wasn't on the console, amongst other titles.

So I leave you with the following questions:

Is the NX going to be cartridge based?

Do you like the idea of cartridges coming back?
 

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Eh I have mixed feelings about this rumor. Granted it could work out, but cartridges are pretty limiting at times.

These days, cartridges are far more powerful than discs, these limitations are way more present in the discs than the cartridges. They are now allowing for much more capacity and speed, as well as the hability to be upgradable.

Wouldn't it be more along the lines of cards not cartridges? Unless we're essentially counting them as the same thing.

Cards? I don't know. Like SD Cards? If so, the new cartridges use flash memory, like mobile devices. But they can be made so small like a SNES cartridge or even like a GBA one. The tech used for cartridges is way better and it is used to store unwrittable memory.
 

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Jesus you blew up my comment Kyon. They're essentially the same thing but cartridges typically invoke these thoughts of huge blocky things that require a lot of blowing. I'm not sure what you're getting at BlueJack.
 

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I wouldn't say the discs are limited. Developers are just terrible at making games nowadays. I'm no game maker, but how does a game like Ratchet and Clank that cost 40$ have more content then a game like Star Wars Battlefront which cost around 110$ if you bought it with the season pass.
 

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Jesus you blew up my comment Kyon. They're essentially the same thing but cartridges typically invoke these thoughts of huge blocky things that require a lot of blowing. I'm not sure what you're getting at BlueJack.

Ok, you didn't answer me, are you talking about SD cards?
 

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Well, what I was thinking that it would make sense to use media based on that technology since that's what they did with the DS and 3DS. N64 and SNES kinds of cartridges seem totally obsolete.
 

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I for one will welcome the idea of cartridges, just look at the Xbox one, when you buy a game you have to download the game you just got into the Xbox one so it'll run, just because the xbox is too fast for a disc.

The reason that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 require you to install games before playing them is because the consoles are capable of processing the data on the disc faster than it's able to read said data. The solution that both Sony and Microsoft came up with? Install the data on the disc to the console's hard drive.

It is, frankly, a bad solution.

It means that you go home with a game disc, put it in your game console, and then wait for it to install instead of just playing the game. It's a notorious step backward from previous game consoles that didn't require you to wait around while the game installed from a disc.
 

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I wouldn't say the discs are limited. Developers are just terrible at making games nowadays. I'm no game maker, but how does a game like Ratchet and Clank that cost 40$ have more content then a game like Star Wars Battlefront which cost around 110$ if you bought it with the season pass.

Discs are more limited than the new cartridge potencial. Of course, I don't know the details, but you can sell 1 game in 1 cartridge, that would take 4 discs to store, something like that.

And yes, they can be small, and GBA size for that much technology is really small.
 

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Personally more interested in what kind of games that would be coming out for the NX rather than if they'll be using cartridges or not. Seeing a new Metroid game like prime or even just gameplay like other m would be a treat. Cartridges make me feel quite old although I'm not opposed to it aren't they expensive to make? From back in the N64 era they were not sure now or if people would welcome the change back after using optical discs for sometime.
 

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Personally more interested in what kind of games that would be coming out for the NX rather than if they'll be using cartridges or not. Seeing a new Metroid game like prime or even just gameplay like other m would be a treat. Cartridges make me feel quite old although I'm not opposed to it aren't they expensive to make? From back in the N64 era they were not sure now or if people would welcome the change back after using optical discs for sometime.

I can say that the choice of using cartridges or using discs depends on how much data can be stored and how fast it can be accessed. Now, cartridges are winning. It's old concepts made new.
 

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Old concepts made new? I'd love to see an example, since my memory on cartridges are how I grew up with them as compared to discs now.

@Hex Scout Yes a new 2.5D Metroid wouldn't be a bad idea to take concepts from other m. Of course trying to tie in the story with fusion since it is chronologically the last in the series and we still have yet to see how Samus survived with her fusion suit on against the x-parasites.
 

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Well the entire X-parasite (along with another planet) were entirely destroyed. She did destroyed a hidden Metroid research lab and the Federation was trying to kill her, so really the story could have her against the Federation. Maybe there could be other bounty hunters, Prime 3 did end off showing Sylux's ship and Prime Hunter took place after the first Prime game.
 
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