Why does the 3DS use cartridges instead of disks?

#1KrisIsLyraPosted 12/4/2012 8:43:31 PM
The N64 constantly gets hated on for this to this day, so why do the DS and 3DS get a free pass?
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#2CHOVI3Posted 12/4/2012 8:44:37 PM
What's wrong with cartridges?
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#3King_JanaffPosted 12/4/2012 8:45:08 PM
CHOVI3 posted...
What's wrong with cartridges?

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#4Jakerific44Posted 12/4/2012 8:45:49 PM
King_Janaff posted...
CHOVI3 posted...
What's wrong with cartridges?

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#5QuantumWolfPosted 12/4/2012 8:45:50 PM
King_Janaff posted...
CHOVI3 posted...
What's wrong with cartridges?

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#6KrisIsLyra(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 8:47:07 PM
The Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox all used disks instead of cartridges. The 3DS is supposed to be stronger than them but it uses cartridges instead.
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#7DarkLink346Posted 12/4/2012 8:47:43 PM
Handhelds are different than consoles. The PSP had fairly long load times until they implemented installing from the disc to memory stick. There are other limitations to discs in a portable as well, such as overheating. You'll also notice the Vita went back to cartridges. Most of these limitations can be overcome by home consoles, which can be larger, get warmer since you're not touching them, and have stronger hardware in them.
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#8DarkLink346Posted 12/4/2012 8:48:39 PM
KrisIsLyra posted...
The Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox all used disks instead of cartridges. The 3DS is supposed to be stronger than them but it uses cartridges instead.


"Supposed to be." I don't know that it is. If it is, it's because tech has gotten better in the last few years.
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#9McMarblesPosted 12/4/2012 8:49:23 PM
KrisIsLyra posted...
The Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox all used disks instead of cartridges. The 3DS is supposed to be stronger than them but it uses cartridges instead.


Because they're lighter, faster, quiter, more durable... and, quite frankly, flash memory technology has improved a lot faster than disc technology.
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#10Starwars4JPosted 12/4/2012 8:56:11 PM
Carts are simply superior tech, it's what took Sony awhile to realize with how they ditched disks on the PSP to catch up to carts on the Vita.
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