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Rumor: Nintendo Switch game cartridges to start at 16GB capacity


Jason Clement

One of the biggest questions people had about the Nintendo Switch after its unveiling was in regards to the switch (no pun intended, I swear) from discs to cartridges. Specifically, how much would the game cartridges hold? Would it be enough to hold the likes of larger games, some that are as much as 50GB or more nowadays?

 

The answer is a little dubious. According to new information from Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki, it appears that the standard, minimum size for game cartridges will be 16GB. For reference, that's about the same storage size as a one-layer Blu-ray disc.

 

Given that many Wii U games were not that large in size (many Nintendo games averaging 5GB or less even), this may not present too much of a problem for first-party titles. However, keep in mind that games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are calling for up to 100GB or more when factoring in patches and DLC.

 

Will this doom third-party games that require more than 16GB then? Not exactly. As mentioned earlier, 16GB is the standard size, meaning there likely will be larger cartridges produced, although they may be more costly. It's worth pointing out this was the case for DS and 3DS, as larger cartridges with more capacity were produced to accommodate larger games that were released later on.

 

Source: Nintendo Wire

 

What are your thoughts on the Switch's game cartridge capacity?

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