Nintendo 3DS to Liberate Gamers from Evil Cartridges

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Nintendo 3DS to Liberate Gamers from Evil Cartridges

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Nintendo's next-generation handheld will let users install games from cartridges onto internal memory, so you won't need to carry them around with you when you're on the go.

Handheld systems have always been great for long journeys, whether you're plugging away at your original Game Boy in the back of your parents' station wagon in 1990 or playing on your DS on a plane flight in the present day. But when your packing space is limited, it's always been a hassle to take too many games with you - most of the time, you just ended up picking one game that'd hopefully last your whole trip and sticking with it.

Nintendo wants to change that with the 3DS. According to Japanese news source Nikkei, the handheld will feature an optional "software install," which lets you copy a 3DS cartridge to internal data storage. Multiple games can be stored in this manner, and you can then select and play the games from the system's menu screen - as long as they're stored internally, there's no need for a cartridge.

Essentially, this means that the days of needing to bring a cartridge-filled carrying-case with you are now in the past. Before a trip, just install your favorite games, and switch between them without ever having to swap cartridges.

So, let me get this straight: The 3DS has massive third-party support, remakes of some beloved classics, and damn good graphics for a handheld. The glasses-free 3D effect really does work, and the control slider is a better version of the PSP's analog nub. And now you're telling me I don't need to swap cartridges on the go anymore to play multiple games?

Good lord. Everything I've heard about the 3DS has been nothing short of fantastic. If this thing isn't too expensive and has a half-decent battery life, we could be looking at the goddamn Holy Grail of gaming. What's next? Will it come packaged with cake and a free kitten?

(Andriasang)

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I've never bought a DS, but from what I've heard about the 3DS, it seems to be getting even more magical by the day. Please, if this is a dream, no-one bloody pinch me!

So can I just borrow games from friends and install them on my DS I wonder.

Oh man I think my mum shoul've bought my little brother this one instaed. He has lost so many of the cartridges.

Why is the little slider on the same side as the d-pad? surely it would've made more sense to put it on the right beside the buttons so the could go for a dual analogue style.

Holy mother of God, this thing looks amazing.
If this is priced at around $200, Nintendo will have effectively turned me in to a fanboy.

Oh hell Yeah

Looks like Nintendo is firing the first shots against Apples gaming market Here to a sequel to Eternal darkness on the thing

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I can tell that Nintendo are going to live to regret this. I mean, seriously? You can just borrow a game from your friend and then play it whenever you want.

But wouldn't that hurt developer sales because people would just "Borrow" games from their friends and then install them on their system, effectively saying "F--- You" to every developer working on a 3DS game? I'm calling this fake until proven otherwise.

Well, there goes one excuse for R4 cards.

I don't want to buy a 3DS... but this looks too awesome. I can't afford all this stuff, but this is too good to pass up.

This will probably get me back into the the whole handheld shindig.

The only thing that could make this better is if the thing is made from a self regenerative muffin like material.

MrPop:
So can I just borrow games from friends and install them on my DS I wonder.

NO! Don't you ruin this for us! I do not want DRM on my 3DS games!

Besides, It copies save data too and most likely transfers it back to the cartridge when you want to remove it from the list to make room for other games. We don't know how much space these games take up or how big the 3DS's internal storage is so there's no way to tell if you can hold 3 games or 10, so you might be swapping out a lot.

Meaning unless you don't care about save data, you might have to download your friends game again and again if you have your own collection of games. In which case you can't keep your save data.

When I read the title of this article, my heart sank. I like having physical cartridges rather than internal data. But since it's optional, I can happily go back to being excited beyond belief.

I love you, Nintendo.

This keeps better and better.

Apple must have really put the willies up Nintendo for the 3DS to be such a comprehensive improvement.

Then again, maybe the boundless success of the R4 also had a hand in this decision. I sincerely hope this doesn't end up with a similar situation to the DS and flash carts, although it almost certainly will. Bah.

Although, a bunch of N64 ports and appropriate control layout to play them on. Yes please.

After so many years of WIN, was anyone really surprised?

I doubt it will be as simple as borrowing games from friends and installing them - after all, people could just install and sell/return them, and no one would make any money. Nintendo will no doubt come up with something to prevent this. Just off the top of my head, they could make it so installing a game to the DS renders the cartridge unplayable until the game is uninstalled with the cartridge in the DS. To avoid any accidental loss of software, they could make it so the DS won't allow installed games to be uninstalled without the presence of the original game.

That's probably not the /best/ way to go about it, but I don't believe for a second that Nintendo will allow people to get away with installing & trading.

V8 Ninja:
But wouldn't that hurt developer sales because people would just "Borrow" games from their friends and then install them on their system, effectively saying "F--- You" to every developer working on a 3DS game? I'm calling this fake until proven otherwise.

I'm with you. It honestly sounds too good to be true. ..or there's way more to it.

This does make me wonder what they will do for piracy prevention. I can't imagine they let that feature through without something. I'm cautiously hopeful that this will work as advertised and won't have some arbitrary restriction, like the game only stays in memory for 24 hours or something.

MurderousToaster:
I can tell that Nintendo are going to live to regret this. I mean, seriously? You can just borrow a game from your friend and then play it whenever you want.

V8 Ninja:
But wouldn't that hurt developer sales because people would just "Borrow" games from their friends and then install them on their system, effectively saying "F--- You" to every developer working on a 3DS game? I'm calling this fake until proven otherwise.

Considering the proliferation of the R4 cartridge and its kin? This is probably an infinitely preferable solution.

Wow, what an amazing development! It's not like we've been doing this since the GBC, with R4 cards, EZ-Flash 3in1 and their ilk.

"Hi welcome to gamestop, can I help you?"
"why yes, I would like to try a couple of your used 3DS games to see if I'd like them"
"sure, how about the ocarina of time remake?"
"why thank you"
*5 minutes later*
"that was pretty good, how much is it?"
"thirty five dollars"
"damn, I'm short about ten, tsk, oh well, maybe next time."

and now I have the ocarina of time remake, anyone else think this might happen? Either way I'mma fucking buy this thing, my biggest problem (and reason why a lot of people pirate) is carrying twenty DS games when you can have more than that on you flash cart, this might be a good step if implemented correctly.

DividedUnity:
Why is the little slider on the same side as the d-pad? surely it would've made more sense to put it on the right beside the buttons so the could go for a dual analogue style.

Perhaps the same could be said of all handheld consoles...

At first I thought the new 3DS was going to be a load of crap, well now its a load of golden crap. I don't know if I really trust the 3D aspect completely so ill waist a few mothers post release to consider buying it.

I'm really hoping Nintendo doesn't add in some strenuous DRM to the games, the only one I think would make sense and not be detrimental would be only downloading to one console at a time. Then when you reupload your data to the cartridge you can then install it on another 3DS. Though again this relates to the "What happens if you break your 3DS or if it get's stolen" thing where now your games are bricked until you can get them unlocked.

I am looking forward to this console though, it seems to have everything short of a kitchen sink.[1]

[1] Next week, they announce it's ability to keep you hydrated.

Thats something which is a long time coming! Glad to see they are updating with the times!

Maybe they do some light DRM where at the point of installation, the 3DS talks to a server and registers the specific cartridge as installed on the specific device? I wouldn't mind that. After all, the installation is likely done at home before you go on your trip, so network should be available. Man, I wish my XBox 360 had that feature. Getting up and changing disks really works against my goal of becoming a world class couch potato.

And I'd prefer the free kitten. It's tastier.

Yamikotai:
Wow, what an amazing development! It's not like we've been doing this since the GBC, with R4 cards, EZ-Flash 3in1 and their ilk.

You can't seriously be comparing third-party pirating tech to a legitimate, Nintendo-sanctioned built-in feature, can you?

Yes, the technology has existed for a while. But it's still an awesome feature to have.

John Funk:

So, let me get this straight: The 3DS has massive third-party support, remakes of some beloved classics, and damn good graphics for a handheld. The glasses-free 3D effect really does work, and the control slider is a better version of the PSP's analog nub. And now you're telling me I don't need to swap cartridges on the go anymore to play multiple games?

Wow...

I thought this would be another virtual boy, I thought Nintendo hadn't learned.

But... all of this?

70 games at launch? A lot of those games are remakes of some of the GREATEST GAMES OF ALL TIME? Agustable 3D WITHOUT THE $%@#ING GLASSES? Now, we don't even need to bring more then a couple of cartigages for a portable console?

This may be... the greatest gaming platform...

EVER!

I want this console. So very much.

Didn't the newest PSP do exactly the same thing?

I'm wondering what the limits on this are actually going to be, but hearing this it's like Nintendo has spies on my harddrive and read my "Here's how you can seriously cut down the number of PSP/DS piracy capable machines" article that I'm never going to publish.

Catalyst6:
Didn't the newest PSP do exactly the same thing?

No. This lets you copy your physical carts to the system memory, like the 360's install option, only you won't need the cart in with you in order to play it. PSPGO you needed to buy the games from the PSN store.

Wow, that's awesome.

And say what you will about Nintendo, but one thing they've always been consistently excellent at is making some of the most idiot-proof electronics in the world. I'm fairly confident that nobody will be getting bricked game cartridges because they dropped their 3DS in the toilet.

John Funk:

MurderousToaster:
I can tell that Nintendo are going to live to regret this. I mean, seriously? You can just borrow a game from your friend and then play it whenever you want.

V8 Ninja:
But wouldn't that hurt developer sales because people would just "Borrow" games from their friends and then install them on their system, effectively saying "F--- You" to every developer working on a 3DS game? I'm calling this fake until proven otherwise.

Considering the proliferation of the R4 cartridge and its kin? This is probably an infinitely preferable solution.

...and then someone figures out how to download a DS game and upload it into their 3DS through some kind of input, since you can now install games on the system.

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