Rumor: 3DS cartridges could store 8 GB

In addition to adding a new layer of depth to its predecessor, the 3DS may be able to play games which are 16x larger. That's more storage space than on dual-layer Xbox 360 discs.

Above: Image from Kotaku

Storage capacity is the latest buzz around the 3DS and Nintendo manufacturing partner Macronix. Macronix makes solid-state memory products which can pack in a whole lot of data into a storage device without requiring a hard drive or optical media. The 8 GB limit is much higher than a previously rumored 2 GB cap on 3DS games.

Don't start popping the champagne yet, though. According to Taiwanese site Gamrade, Nintendo is still limiting 3DS games to a 2 GB file size, even though there's room for much more. There are no details as to why, and the 8 GB total storage space has not been verified by Nintendo.

Even so, a 2 GB file size limit is still four times more than what the current DS cartridges allow, and it's on par with the PSP's UMD media.

[Source: Kotaku]

Dec 20, 2010




  • sid440 - January 3, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    The sad part is it doesn't matter which is better the psp2 or 3ds, the 3ds will outsell the psp2 by alot, well in America at least.
  • AWBrawler - December 26, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    Oh Sweet God in Heaven!!! I hope this is true. Imagine an 8 gig pokemon game... heck even a 4 gig pokemon world would be awesome. maybe now they can finally say their names, and Oh my God the Zelda and Castlevania's will be pure 3D heaven
  • BlindMarksman - December 21, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    If it could actually fit 8gb of stuff inside those things, then my mind has been blown to microscopic bits. Just imagine the possibilities!
  • bamit11 - December 21, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    if this is true i hope nintendo will let developers make 8gb games. if they made a fallout 3ds game and took adavntage of 8gb, i think i would cry in joy
  • Metroidhunter32 - December 21, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Only reason I can think of for giving it allot of storage but not being alowed to use it is DLC.
  • Camoxide - December 21, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    I imagine it'd cost too much to have games using an 8GB cartridge.
  • striker911 - December 21, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    Doesn't dual-layered disc hold like 8 gigs?
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - December 21, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    Wow...has been years since I've wanted a handheld so badly.
  • RebornKusabi - December 21, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    Jesus Christ, every SINGLE factoid on the 3DS just more and more makes me want it in my hands now! Can't wait.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 21, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    I've got a reason - DLC and patches. That extra 6GB of space will allow for plenty of them.
  • inb4everything - December 21, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    Maybe it has something to do with battery length or publishing reasons?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 21, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    Here's hoping for a DQ8 remake on DS!
  • chrisat928 - December 21, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    360 discs only hold 7.2GB of game information. The rest is taken up by Microsoft's copy protection.
  • michaelkaramas - December 21, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Actually i believe the 360 disc hold 8.4 gb max....also the psp2 isnt supporting umd's its going to have games on memory sticks and judging by the power house that is the psp2 specs its games will prob have a 2gb minimum. (it has more vram than the xbox 360: 1gb VS 512mb)
  • goldengunguy - December 21, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    @ventanger well if they did take advatage of it probobly the games on 3ds might not well suck as much no affence to ds i have 2 of them
  • Jacenian - December 21, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    3DS: U mad? PSP: >:(
  • goldengunguy - December 21, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    WOO HOO!!!!!
  • ventanger - December 21, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    Well the DS games would vary in size, it just depended on how big the game was. If there's 8gb size games, I'm sure only a view developers would take advantage of it. Then again, those that do could make some epicly huge portable games.

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