Nintendo NX Could Use Cartridges, Launch Expected Before Sept. 15: WSJ
According to WSJ, Nintendo NX may actually use cartridges even though industry prefers optical discs thanks to their ability to store large amounts of data and low cost per unit.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been hearing rumors that Nintendo could go back to the old-school format and adopt cartridges for its next-generation videogame console, codenamed NX. Now this recent report from Wall Street Journal solidifies these rumors.
The report suggests that the trend to use optical discs could change with the semiconductor makers including Samsung and Toshiba developing flash memory. The technology is designed to pack more data onto small chips at a lower cost.
Industry watchers believe Nintendo’s decision to go retro with cartridges is a “reasonable” one considering the company targets a wide range of consumers than Sony or Microsoft. They said:
Nintendo’s core fans include small children, who might scratch discs but find cartridges tougher to damage. Cartridges also allow games to load faster, are harder to copy and can be mass-produced faster than discs.
They are “no doubt today’s best format to physically distribute games,” said Atsushi Osanai, a former Sony employee who is now a visiting fellow at Harvard University.
As for the unveiling of the Nintendo NX, we never have had the chance to see it at E3 2016 and it was never shown at the Gamescom either. We do understand why Nintendo didn’t show it off, because no one could copy their idea before the console is even released. This has already happened with Wii because Sony made their own motion control product which failed pretty quickly and Microsoft making the Connect, as well.
Analysts said that Nintendo could announce NX ahead of Tokyo Game Show, which begins Sept. 15. The NX is supposed to be released on March 2017 so that gives Nintendo six months to market before the console hits shelves.