Nintendo Reportedly Delays Release of 64GB Switch Cartridges
The Nintendo Switch has been a major success for the Japanese gaming company, but one key feature has been delayed. It’s been reported that Nintendo has delayed the release of 64GB cartridges citing technical difficulties.
Larger cartridges would mean that developers would be able to create larger games with bigger worlds, more content and, an all around richer experience. The higher capacity cartridges were originally going to be released in 2018, but Nintendo has delayed their launch until 2019.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which originally reported this story, some developers are considering delaying the release of their games until larger storage devices are available.
Currently many games, such as Zelda or Doom, are too large to fit on the standard cartridges they ship on. Gamers are forced to download large files upon purchasing these games. Given that the Switch has limited storage space, this can be a major problem.
Larger game cartridges would allow consumers to save room on their consoles and flash storage for downloaded games, DLC, and other forms of digital media. There have been some rumors that developers might charge more for games released on 64GB cartridges, but that has not yet been confirmed.
As of right now, all of our information regarding the delays surrounding these cartridges are speculative, but the Wall Street Journal has a track-record of accuracy.
Despite the issue surrounding the Switch’s storage capacity and the difficulty in finding the console, the Switch has been a major success for Nintendo. The console has been one of the best selling pieces of hardware launched this year. Prior to Christmas, it was reported that Nintendo had shipped 10 million of the consoles and its likely to have sold more in the lead-up to the Christmas holidays. Assuming they can address its supply issues, we expect next year will be another good one for Nintendo.
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