Wouldn't these relics be A) too limited to handle massive data (wait, it's Nintendo games!!) And B) too big in a day where digital is the cool thing..
Wait, this is Nintendo..
No cartridges, because I don't have fond memories of blowing into my NES cartridges to get the games to work.
Nintendo is banking way too much on nostalgia, and doing things that no one is asking for. The Wii's success was a fluke. They keep just tossing out weird innovations without seeing if there is a market desire for them. The NX so far feels like another 'let's throw it at a wall and see if it sticks' idea, that will see the same reception as the Wii U.
Cartridges could technically mean SD cards, and in that regard, probably a much better idea for a portable console. But it still reeks of limitations and weird ideas that don't really fit nicely anywhere in the current gaming market.
I'm a bit skeptical about all of this. What exactly will these cartridges entail? Nintendo has done well in the handheld business so I can see this potentially taking off for them. However, I feel like the company has been swimming in safe waters for far too long and its inability to go beyond that is letting it down. Here's hoping NX proves me wrong and is actually a standout console.
Cartridges. In 2017.
It's not as crazy as it sounds. Minimising size obviously takes priority in engineering a console/handheld hybrid. That's something I can get behind if Nintendo gets it right. But just how big are we talking here -- will the NX be similar in size to the iPad, detachable controllers and all?
Also, there's mention of some form of docking station to hook it up to the TV. I'd be interested to see if that boosts performance. Wii U was shunned early on by third-parties and I can't imagine Nintendo wants to replicate that going into a new generation.
Nintendo has pulled it off before (fluke or no) and these rumors remain just that, so I'll reserve judgement until it's finally unveiled.
Unlike most of my cohorts, I'm OK with cartridges. I mean, I'm not sure how far we've progressed so far with that technology, but the thing that entices me the most is NO LOAD TIMES! As someone who grew up playing cartridge-based consoles, adapting to CDs and load times was, I think the hardest part of it all.
That said, cartridges are expensive to make, and unless Nintendo has a magical mushroom plant that can manufacture them super cheap, we might see games go over that $60 sweet spot (?) that gamers have been used to all these years.
That said though, if someone can make cartridges relevant again, it's Nintendo. And I admit, I'm intrigued to see what they can do with the format and the Nintendo NX.
I'm not a massive fan of the cartridge making a comeback. Most of my games are stored digitally now, so yeah, not too excited about the trip backwards.
The Nintendo NX does sound cool, however. I like the idea of a device that doubles as both a portable and home console. I'd love for Sony to do something similar, with a PS Vita 2, but I think Nintendo is probably the best company for this job right now.