Rumors are flying about the mysterious Nintendo NX right now, feeding the inferno of speculation surrounding the newest console from the Kyoto-based gaming giant, and a surprising bit of news has surfaced seemingly confirming the return to some sort of cartridge based games. Below is the text I retrieved from a scanned copy of the patent.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH OF WILD.
Word Mark Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable electronic game programs: downloadable electronic video game software; electronic game programs; electronic game software; Video game cartridges, video game discs, video game memory cards: video game programs, video game software.
Standard Characters claimed Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK.
Serial Number 87070553
Filing Date June 14, 2016.
This patent filed with US Patent Office on June 16th, 2016 for a number of things concerning The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but what is most interesting is that “Video Game Cartridges” is listed amongst them eluding to the fact that this game to some capacity is going to be produced in cartridge format.
Many of the problems facing cartridges in the past such as high production cost, and limited storage are just that, in the past. With microchip storage now able to exceed nearly 2TB for a relatively cheap cost it would seem as if the present is no better of a time to bring them back. Faster loading times are also an added benefit, and not to mention there is something kind of romantic about having a video game cartridge. The sleek box design and artwork, the physical cartridge with game manual, not to mention that most of my peers and I started off gaming that way.
Please say it is so Nintendo. I am already allocating a shelf in my TV stand for NX cartridges and their packaging to be proudly displayed. This could be the shot of adrenaline that Nintendo needs, this coupled with the immense success and revival of the Pokémon franchise. Are you excited for the possibility of new Nintendo cartridges?! Please share your thoughts and comments below.