Nintendo 3DS Game Cards Look Like This

By Spencer . June 18, 2010 . 3:01am

A standard Nintendo DS card looks like this.




As seen in Nintendo’s E3 booth, a sample Nintendo 3DS cart looks like this. The design is pretty much like the Nintendo DS card, with the exception of a tab on the top right.




Nintendo 3DS appear to have modified packing too. The case seems to be slimmer than what Nintendo is using for DS games now.



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  • So it’s the Game Boy Color all over again with the new carts, is it?

    • You mean with the bulge at the top of GameBoy Color carts?

      • No, I mean being physically similar to the previous generation save for the key on one of the corners.

        • Well it’s meant so that you can’t stick it in older models.

  • TTTT

    this reminds me of how they used to region lock their N64 games by making the shape of the cartridge different.

  • epy

    I guess they also went with this design to prevent flashcarts? Not like they won’t find away around it sooner or later. Then again there’s the PS3…

    • BrotherCavil

      PS3’s been hacked. It’s just far too much of a hassle for anyone but the pros among the pros to try anything with it.

    • Chow

      I’d say it’s designed as to not allow 3DS cards to be placed in NDS systems, but to also allow NDS cards to fit in 3DS systems.

  • BrotherCavil

    The case appears to be roughly as thick as a current-gen Blu-Ray case. Slimmer than DVD, but thicker than a slim-DVD case.

  • RAVENKam

    I hope the European case isn’t some bloated mutation of what’s seen here, as is the case with current DS packaging. Perhaps Nintendo feels we Europeans have larger shelf spaces?

  • Any comment on the cards capacity?

    • Ren

      Up to 2GB at launch, since it’s nintendo, expected to go up as needed as games start needing more space. Info from **.

  • Chow

    *Somebody* needs to say it:
    …what’s with that strip of plastic in two of the screens? I thought it was the game card at first glance, before I realized that the actual game card wasn’t an NDS card.
    Is it just a label prop, like you’d find in an office?

  • Chow

    Thinner cases? Does that mean they’re trying to go more green, with in-game manuals a la Ubisoft (was it Ubisoft?), and a very slight dip in case materials?

  • Great first look!

    It makes sense the new cartridge would be mostly the same and different enough to not confuse it with the original DS cartridge.

    I referenced this post on my blog post about the 3DS’s possible eReader capabilities: Hope that’s cool.

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