Nintendo Presses The Pause Button On 64GB Cartridges Till 2019 Reportedly

Touching Satoru Iwata Tribute Reportedly Removed From Nintendo Switch

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo won't start supplying 64GB game cards until 2019, around six months later than the original mid-2018 target. Being able to have larger cartridges helps you alleviate the need for extra microSD cards and the internet downloads required by more demanding games.

Nintendo has already informed the developers about the delay in the 64GB Nintendo Switch cartridges. The reason? Those pesky "technical issues" cropped up again, according to WSJ's sources, and Nintendo wants to ensure that product quality is up to snuff. Nintendo chose cartridges because they're smaller, and less prone to errors if you shake them up when using the console in the portable mode.

The Nintendo Switch opted to ditch larger 50GB Blu-ray discs that their competitors Microsoft and Sony live by and went the 32GB cartridge route.

Then again, Nintendo really hit the ground running with the Switch: It sold 10 million units in its first year on the market, grounded by a strong lineup of critical and commercial hits like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Super Mario Odyssey".

There are some problems with the Nintendo Switch cartridges themselves. The physical cards used for games on the Nintendo Switch have been maxed at a 32-gig size, but the use of 64-gigabyte cards was planned further down the line. Currently, users can play games on the Switch by purchasing physical cartridges, or downloading the games on the Switch.

Third-party developers hoping to get their hands on 64GB game cards for Nintendo Switch soon may be out of luck.

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