Some people have been wondering lately whether the NX will use cartridges instead of discs, and their curiosity isn’t entirely without merit. A recent report from Japan says the president of Macronix, which is the company who supplies Nintendo with their ROM game cards for DS and 3DS games, expects their shipments of ROM chips to increase thanks to the release of the NX next March.

This was one of the talking points on
a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

Alex points out that this report is nearly identical to one from ten years ago describing the Wii, which obviously didn’t use cartridges—although in this case it seems that Macronix’s chips would be read-only, so they couldn’t be used as internal storage components that rewrite new info over old game data. Ben adds that if NX switches to cartridges in favor of discs, then if the costs are kept reasonable, it could be a very good thing. After all, games are so big now that it takes a long time to load data from a disc onto a system’s RAM, and if it uses cartridges to store data, load times will be much faster.

If you like this video, you can
subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday, or you could check out the full episode. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, where you can find episodes covering tons of other subjects, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.

Get More from Nintendo Week:

No
ChannelImages
Our Verdict

Get More from Nintendo Week:

No
ChannelImages
Our Verdict

Top

Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

Comments

Comments are closed.

You may also like

More in News