Is there a point to adding that little side-tab to the 3DS cartridge?

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4 years ago#1
I'm 99.99% certain that if you cut the tab off and tried to play the cartridge on a regular/Lite/DSi, you'd either get an error message or "There is no DS card insterted." Is there a risk of damage to the game or console?
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4 years ago#2
It is the way the company that made the cards show consumers that this is a 3ds card, not a ds card. They look pretty identical in size.
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4 years ago#3
You're asking two different questions, and you pretty much answered one of them.

As for the second... we'll know when some idiot tries it.
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4 years ago#4
actually seveal people on here and around the net has tried that.
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4 years ago#5
The point is, first, to visually differentiate them from DS cards, and second, to make sure they can't fit into a DS. There might be other reasons also; for all we know, that little tab is packed with important components the 3DS card needs to work.
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4 years ago#6
People have filed down the tab so 3DS cartridges can fit in the old DS and the DS doesn't detect it at all saying there's nothing inserted. The 3DS cartridge still worked perfectly on a 3DS.
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4 years ago#7
^^ Well, there you are, then. No reason other than different look and stopping you from putting it into a DS.
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4 years ago#8
Plus, 3DS carts have more connections, so also more little plastic ridges in between them. Maybe those ridges could squeese the connectors inside the DS if the cart could be pushed in.
4 years ago#9
It helps, a little bit, with people thinking the 3DS is just a DS with 3D added, and that if they buy 3DS games, they can play them in a DSi, just in 2D.

Which is apparently a common misconception.
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4 years ago#10

From: shlaguedweir | #008
Plus, 3DS carts have more connections, so also more little plastic ridges in between them. Maybe those ridges could squeese the connectors inside the DS if the cart could be pushed in.


No they don't. I've got a DS and 3DS game right here, and the connections line up perfectly.
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