Will the New Nintendo NX Ditch Digital Files and Discs for Cartridges?

Written by  on May 18, 2016

In the early days of Nintendo gaming, all of the games come in some form of a cartridge. To the people who do not know, a cartridge is a bulky piece of equipment that stores all of the game’s files in it.

Cartridges, although bulky, are still good because they provide collectors a sense of accomplishment. In years’ time, cartridges will become extinct and the ones who have collected their game cartridges will be happy that they did save it.

We now live in a world where most games can be downloaded directly from their internet. This saves us space in our homes and this also helps us play the game after we have downloaded it.

Although this is quite a good thing, most people still love to have discs as it can be a part of their gaming collection.

Now, there are rumors circulating over the internet that the new Nintendo “NX” console will use cartridges instead of digital media and or discs.

According to the rumors, Nintendo partnered with “Macronix”, a company that has been known to release game cartridges over the years.

There is a Japanese website that leaked these reports and has said that the ROM cartridges (game cartridges) will be released at the same time in all regions.

Furthermore, Macronix was testing their new 32nm ROM architecture. The ones that you see on the Nintendo 3DS (their previous ROM cartridges) sport a 75nm architecture that is only capable of holding 8GB of data.

Now, what does this mean for the layperson. This means that Macronix is working on a new product line that is potentially the new Nintendo NX’s game cartridges.

Macronix is making all of the big moves and that is why people are speculating that what the company did is actually their way of hinting to the general public that the upcoming Nintendo NX console will have the game cartridges back.

Although all of these are just rumors, fans, and haters of game cartridges are already making their stands.

For the people who want the Nintendo NX console to have game cartridges, this means that they will have the option to collect all of their games for the respective console.

On the other hand, haters of game cartridges do not want any of it because of the fact that, well, game cartridges will just add another layer of bulk in their homes.

As for me, I actually embrace the possibility of the game cartridges for the Nintendo NX. I mean, aside from having a collection, there is a sense of fulfilment about owning one.

To add to that, game cartridges are more reliable because the information is already there and there is nothing that can corrupt the data inside of it.

Do remember that everything I’ve said are still just rumors and speculations and does not really reflect what Nintendo has envisioned.

Whether the Nintendo NX console will have game cartridges or not, are you excited about the upcoming game console?