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N64: Why such big cartridges?

Started by FamicomRetroGamer, April 19, 2012, 05:09:58 pm

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N64 cartridges' are indeed smaller than NES but why?

I've just downloaded a couple of N64 roms (I plan on buying them later) and their sizes were relatively small, 8 MB's, 10 MB's, 12 MB's, 32 MB's.

Why didn't they just use small cards/cartridges?

Maybe because at that time they didn't have the technology of larger sizes for mini cards/cartridges?


Cards are for pussies. I can snap that shit with my dick, blindfolded.  N64 carts are for real men. You can throw it down a flight of stairs and that shit will be in one piece.  You can back an 18 wheeler over it and it will say fuck you (metaphorically speaking) and still play. Don't fuck with N64 carts.


N64 carts are indeed very sturdy.

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wasn't the whole idea of the NES for it to look more like a VCR because it was released just after a huge video game market crash?  Nintendo was trying to make something that didn't look like the consoles that people had grown to despise.  Larger cartridges probably look more like a vhs tape than teeny famicom sized carts.  That's the whole reason why the nes has the terrible and pointless front loading zif cart system.

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