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

#1BlueFlameBatPosted 8/17/2011 10:46:58 AM
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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#2NinjaGamer_23Posted 8/17/2011 10:48:15 AM
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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#3keyblader1985Posted 8/17/2011 10:49:09 AM
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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#4NinjaGamer_23Posted 8/17/2011 10:50:31 AM
actually seveal people on here and around the net has tried that.
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#51shadetail1Posted 8/17/2011 10:52:08 AM
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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#6curryandricePosted 8/17/2011 10:53:21 AM
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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#71shadetail1Posted 8/17/2011 10:54:38 AM
^^ Well, there you are, then. No reason other than different look and stopping you from putting it into a DS.
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#8shlaguedweirPosted 8/17/2011 11:04:11 AM
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.
#9KilaybayPosted 8/17/2011 11:07:11 AM
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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#10NinjaKitsunePosted 8/17/2011 11:08:22 AM

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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