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Nintendo Switch won't see 64GB game cards till 2019, report says

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Stacy Houston | 28 December, 2017, 01:49

Nintendo is reportedly delaying the launch of 64GB game cartridges for the Switch until sometime in 2019 according to multiple sources as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

With its newest flagship console, Nintendo chose to bring back cartridges in place of disc-based games that ran on the previous three. According to the report, Nintendo ran into "technical issues" with the 64 GB cards. That's considerably smaller storage compared to a Blu-ray, which can hold up to 50 gigabytes of data for a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game.

The largest Nintendo Switch game card now is 32 gigabytes.

While there is no doubt that downloading games is becoming more and more popular, some still prefer physical media when buying their games. Currently, developers can only make use of game cards up to 32GB.

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The delay is notable due to how it might affect third party publishers wanting to bring games to the console, but may hesitate from memory constraints.

Some developers have come up with workarounds - when the demon-infested shoot-em-up "Doom" came to the Switch earlier this year, the single-player campaign was on the cartridge, while players had to download the multiplayer component onto the console from the internet. Nintendo's own large games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey clock in well below 16 gigs.

Don't go looking for 64-gigabyte game cards for your Nintendo Switch next year. While this isn't a problem for Nintendo developed titles or indies, it is a significant problem for large third-parties bringing data-heavy games to the platform. And if Nintendo is the only one supporting a console, you have a larger chance of getting a failure like the Wii U.