GB Cartridges for the Switch Delayed until 2019

28 December, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Boyd Miller
  • Nintendo Switch won't see 64GB game cards till 2019, report says

The Nintendo Switch opted to ditch larger 50GB Blu-ray discs that their competitors Microsoft and Sony live by and went the 32GB cartridge route.

With 10 million units sold, it's on track to outsell the Wii U's entire lifetime just in its first year. That's the way the Nintendo Switch is supposed to work. What that means for Switch owners is reduced load times and they also don't have to suffer from installing loads of data.That does come with a setback though, game developers, especially the ones located in the United States need much more capacity for their data heavy games. According to the report, Nintendo ran into "technical issues" with the 64 GB cards.

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As Kotaku previously reported, Nintendo's Switch games keep their size slim, with downloads for Super Mario Odyssey, Arms and Splatoon 2 ranging from 2-6GB. But developers who are looking to put out cross-platform releases are used to having up to 50 GB of breathing room - and a lot of players expect them to fill it. That disincentivizes stores from keeping it on the shelf, which also leads to fewer mums picking up those impulse buys.

According to the Journal, Nintendo "said the notice disappointed some software makers, especially US-based publishers that often produce data-heavy games". Currently, gamers are getting around this problem with a mix of microSD cards to dump game updates on and developers are using internet updates to get their full game on the console. While this isn't a problem for Nintendo developed titles or indies, it is a significant problem for large third-parties bringing data-heavy games to the platform.

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