When it comes to storing data, bigger is better!

It is very possible that the game cartridges for Nintendo’s upcoming portable gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS, could hold a whopping 8GB worth of data. That’s about the equivalence of 16 DS games. Talk about packin’ it all in!

Macronix, the cartridge’s Taiwanese manufacturer, has released some precise details on the 3DS’s choice of media containment.

Rumors have it that Nintendo is controlling major game developers in terms of how much of the cartridge’s actual capacity can be used. 1GB is the bare minimum requirement to create a 3DS game, with 2GB as the maximum amount of space that they can use.

2GB is four times the size of the DS’s current cartridge, which is 512MB, and eight times the size of the biggest games for the Game Boy Advance. If the rumors of the 8GB capacity are unveiled, games for the platform could be up to 16 times bigger than games for the DS; bigger, in fact, than games stored on a standard compact disc as used with the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.

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  • MajinBangFlash

    Actually, the Wii fact is false. The wii can support dual-layered discs, which offers around 9GB of space.

  • Awesome! I have a 32GB iPod, so imagine all the games I could put on there. But plaing them would be a problem…

  • Mikau

    Wow this is awesome, my dad once worked for Macronix years before, this is really cool to see

  • Bigger also means more expensive. We already have to pay 30+ dollars for a tiny piece of plastic that you cram into your DS. :/

    • doug

      this is nothing compared to Brazil. We tree times more the you guys. i would definitely pay that. no prob.

  • a;kldsjaf

    If there's potentially 8 GB of space available, why are they limiting the game size to 2? :S

    • HeavyWeaponsFan

      Cost of development. At this time, it might be expensive to produce a 8GB 3DS game. It's already confirmed that game development for the 3DS costs about the 2/3 of an average Wii game development. Times that by four, and we have $60 3DS games.

      • cukeman

        Since when is an average Wii game $30?

        • cukeman

          oops, it would be less than $30 in your example

  • Adam

    The more space that is used, there will be little room for speed, and that can lead to lagging video games. Like on your hard drive: The more files there are, the slower your computer will run. I've had this problem with a past computer.

    • Anomynous

      Well Wouldn't it be different since its a portable gaming system not a computer. I dont know maybe your right.

    • nintend06

      This problem is hugely reduced with solid state storage. The problem is in waiting for the hard drive to move its arm across the disk, but when it's purely electronic, that's almost instant. Also, I doubt the game cartridges would use anything similar to filesystems that computers use, which could speed things up.

  • ibLeo

    They could be limiting the space available to stagger the the experience; each year they could raise the limit so that the games progressively get better.

  • Mojo

    And they say cartrodges are outdated….

  • STUFF2o

    Maybe their leaving extra space so you can store user-made data in the cartridges. You know, custom levels, save data, etc. But then again, there's no way that would take up 6GB. Hm, maybe they'll use the extra space for something some day. Oh! 3D movies! That's it! 3D movie (both left-right videos) and special features; that sounds like it'd need more than 2GB to me.

    • ThatOneGuy

      I did hear that they were planning to allow 3D movies to play on the 3DS, so you may be on to something, but that still doesn't answer why they wouldn't allow the extra memory to be used for games.

  • Shaelyn

    pbbbt, bout time Nintendo catches up. my lil SD card has 8GB, too.

    • MajinBangFlash

      I have a 32GB SD Card 😀

      I wish, anyway :3

  • bobbby

    apparently the system itself has 2GB of memory for stuff like movies and pics. Lol… the wii only has 500 and something MB.

  • Ben K.

    kinda sounds like 3DS games are going to be at least 40$ if not $50. 🙁

    • ThatOneGuy

      I read in an interview that the games will still cost the same as a regular DS game. Hopefully Nintendo will be able to keep that promise.

  • Keith

    wow…I so can't wait to see what that means for the games. O_O

  • Anomynous

    Its just like nintendo said will have to pay more to get more

  • GenoKID

    Hey, it makes sense. Bigger games take more work and cost more to make. I think they need to make a profit somewhere.

    Although, what I really want to know is, does it play GBA, or more importantly, GB games? It's pointless to remove that from development if it means a sleeker design. They may have said something, but I forgot. If someone knows anything, please inform me.

    • Subrosian

      It does not support backwards compatibility with GB/GBA games, although it does with DS games. There will be a virtual console that has GB games and may have GBA games, however.

  • DekuLink

    @GenoKID

    Just like the DSi the 3DS will not have a GB/GBA slot.
    However it will be able to play all DS games and will have a virtual console like the one on wii, where you can buy GB and GBA games (with 3D if the developer choose to). Link’s Awakening DX is is suposed to be one of the first games to be released as I understand, with 3D depth if you use the 3D-slider.

  • DekuLink

    @GenoKID

    Just like the DSi the 3DS will not have a GB/GBA slot.
    However it will be able to play all DS games and will have a virtual console like the one on wii, where you can buy GB and GBA games (with 3D if the developer choose to). Link’s Awakening DX is suposed to be one of the first games to be released as I understand, with 3D depth if you use the 3D-slider.