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New report says Nintendo NX may use 3DS-style cards instead of discs

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According to new reports, the Nintendo NX may very well forgo a disc drive entirely in favor of a 3DS style game card. This rumour comes in from Money-Link, a Japanese financial analysis site. Money-Link revealed its findings after delving into the financial reports of Macronix, a Taiwanese memory card manufacturer.

Macronix is the primary manufacturer of the 3DS game card, and they are reportedly expecting a big boost in sales around the time of the NX in March 2017. Macronix specifically cited the launch of the NX as a cause for significant order increases through their business year.

And just to add to the evidence, they are also working on a new type of chip that will increase the current memory limit from 8GB to 32GB. Using a 32GB card the NX could easily handle games on the same level as the Xbox One and PS4.

The new game card system rumors lines up with a patent that surfaced earlier this year for a new Nintendo console. The patent states that the console would have no optical drive and would instead feature a memory card slot.

Using a game-card system is more expensive to manufacture when compared to a disc drive, but it would allow the new console to be more durable, weigh less, and be more energy efficient. This matches up with a separate rumor stating that the NX will be a hybrid portable/home console.

What do you think about these new rumors? Does it make you want an NX more or less? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to follow OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter.

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