The Nintendo NX Is Bringing Cartridges Back: Report

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Image: Dmitri Malyshev /

The glory days of Nintendo consoles will forever be tied to endlessly blowing in plastic game cartridges. With its upcoming convertible system, Nintendo will try to recapture that magic, a source told The Wall Street Journal.


Nintendo is no stranger to mining nostalgia. But a move to flash-based carts makes an awful lot of sense. Video games are one of few things still distributed on the aging CD format, which is prone to scratches. Flash memory would be more durable, enable faster loading, and be harder for pirates to copy, according to WSJ.

Because the NX is rumored to be portable, size will be a huge factor in its success or failure. Cartridges might solve the problem of needing to stuff a bulky hard drive inside the NX—and carrying them around will already be familiar to owners of the 3DS.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for further details and will update if we hear back.

[Wall Street Journal]

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Ravenous Sophovore

I could have sworn this was reported a month ago or more.

The carts will probably be similar in size to DS/3DS or Vita carts. More SD card sized, less giant plastic things you used to blow in under the mistaken idea that it would make them work again. Which makes them ideal to carry around, since you can buy a pocket sized case that holds a dozen or so of them. Also ideal for the kids to lose in the couch cushions.