It’s been a fantastic year for Nintendo thanks to the success of the Switch. The gaming company was surely hoping to carry the momentum into 2018, but that excitement may wane thanks to a crucial delay.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is delaying the release of 64GB cartridges for the Switch until 2019 due to technical issues. The higher capacity cartridges were previously expected to arrive in the second half of 2018, but the plan has now changed. This is a “slight disappointment” to some developers, say the sources.
The cartridges currently available for the Switch max out at 32GB. That’s well below the 50GB capacity Blu-ray discs offer for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For Nintendo’s games like The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, that is more than enough, but for third-party titles like Doom or L.A. Noire, the 32GB cartridge is just not enough.
Thus they require an extra update that takes up even more memory on board the Switch, which is limited with just 32GB of internal storage. That can be expanded with microSD cards, but the wonky procedure of having a cartridge but still needing onboard storage to complete the experience is hardly the most intuitive gaming experience.
The 64GB cartridges were supposed to offset the capacity limits, and they still will, just in 2019. Until then, developers will have to make due with the available options.