The new gaming system Nintendo Switch will not use optical discs. Therefore, the company has chosen to use the technology used by Nintendo DS. The Nintendo’s handheld hybrid system will introduce a new version of the Game Cards, meant to store software. The company used discs for games like Wii, Wii U, and GameCube. Now, they have decided to use the old resources of their technology, making use of cartridges. This was previously used for the manufacturing process of SNES, N64 and NES systems.
Probably many users remember the Nintendo 64 which used those carts back in the 1990s, being more restricted and pricey comparing them to the CDs use for PlayStation. The new Game Cards which will be reintroduced on the market will be more efficient. For many years now, Nintendo has operated with the help of Mask ROM chips using them for the handheld systems of Game Cards.
This type of circuit makes use of read-only memory, parts of the chip masked in the fabrication process. Macronix provided ROM chips for Nintendo, chips that are placed inside Game Cards, their storage capacity measuring 8GB. This memory space is more than enough for the 3DS handheld. For example, Mario Kart 8 was occupying the only 5GB.
The Mask ROM chips are a little bit pricey than the Blu-ray discs. A Blu-ray drive costs approximately $2. A Mask ROM cart is about $2.50, depending on the market. These cartridges also comprise rewritable space that can be used by players without the need of purchasing a separate memory card. The collaboration for Nintendo Switch between Nintendo and Macronix was already confirmed by Macronix.
This Taiwanese manufacturer has a lot of other devices that can be issued together with Switch. The company’s financial prospect suggests it is better to wait for the boost that should occur comparing the launching of the console with the production process. The company expects to earn more money before their games become available on the market.
The developers believe that 8GB represents a lot of storage capacity for a 3DS system, and most probably it will be present in about all Nintendo games. The trailer for the Nintendo Switch revealed third-party games like NBA 2K17 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These games occupy almost 30GB. If Nintendo wants to boost their sales, then they will not ask gaming companies to minimize their storage to allow using those games on Nintendo Switch.
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