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Monday, 20 December 2010 08:54

Large storage for 3DS carts

Written by David Stellmack
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Able to hold as much as 8GB
As more information starts to trickle in about the abilities of the Nintendo 3DS as we get closer to launch, one of the things that is most interesting is that Nintendo will be embracing the fact that developers can store as much as 8GB in the cartridges that will be used by the 3DS. In addition, we are told that with a firmware update and some price drops the cartridge sizes for the 3DS could double within a year or two.

The 8GB number is significant for Nintendo, as that is almost as much as a dual-layered DVD that is used to store most DVD movies. More significant, however, is that the Xbox 360 uses a similar dual-layered DVD format that is able to store as much as 8.5GB to 8.7GB per disc; this means developers will be able to offer titles that are similar in size to that of the Xbox 360.

From the whispers we hear, initially it is expected that most titles will be released on 2GB cartridges, which is still about four times that of the standard DS cartridge (which is capped at 512MB). The 2GB mark does equal the same storage that Sony has on the PSP’s UMD disc format.

The only thing that might be going up is the price for 3DS gaming titles. It is confirmed that the development costs are going to be much higher to produce a 3DS title at 2GB than what the DS title of today requires in developmental costs. Depending on the title and the size of the title, developer sources we spoke with suggest that the price of at least some of the 3DS titles down the road are going to be more expensive than the DS titles that we see today. More content equals more development time and additional cost.

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+1 #1 Nerdmaster 2010-12-20 21:15
The average ds game is 32MB. A small but considerable percentage is at 64MB. Very few are 128MB (eg final fantasy). I expect average 3ds game to be 256MB. That is 8 times more than an average ds game which is a serious improvement. I expect very few games at 512MB and 1GB.
 
 
0 #2 Rand 2010-12-21 20:49
Your numbers are a little low, I'd say the average is pretty much evenly split between 32MB and 64MB games. 128MB games came along several years into the DS's life cycle and while not the norm by any means their not terribly rare.
At a rough estimate I'd say there are around 50 or so unique 128MB games, though I could be underestimating .
256MB games are quite rare however, likely close to a dozen of them in total.
(Golden Sun, The World Ends With You, Yu Gi Oh 2010, Kingdom hearts 358-2, Suikoden Tierkries,
Infinite Space, Style Boutique etc.)

Quality isn't closely correlated with size in any case, quite a few of the games often regarded as the DS's best were around 32MB in size and there are a few that aren't particularly notable that were 128-256MB games.
 

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