Nintendo 3DS Rumor: The Ability to Copy or Install Games

According to a report in Andriasang – citing Japanese business newspaper Nikkei – the Nintendo 3DS will allow users to install games on its internal storage media. While it wasn’t stated in the report that some type of digital rights management would be a part of that equation, it is probably safe to draw such an conclusion assuming it’s all true. Is this Nintendo’s way of dealing with whatever R4 device is made to copy games on the 3DS?

According to Nikkei, 3DS users will be able to copy or install 3DS software to internal memory. This allows for multiple games to be stored in the system and gives users the ability to switch between them by selecting from the system’s main menu. The paper goes on to say that this feature makes it so that users won’t have to swap cartridges to play games.

Naturally all of this is unconfirmed by Nintendo. We’ll follow this story as it develops..

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Reports I’ve read commenting on the rumored feature suggest it isn’t to increase load speed, but to make it so you don’t have to carry the games around when you travel.

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    MechaCrash says:

    Yeah, but that would then completely defeat the purpose of installing it on a 3DS. Installing it to the 360 or PS3 carries the advantage of reading it from the hard drive instead of the much slower DVD or Blu-Ray, whereas if you install it on a 3DS, you’d be reading it off a flash cart instead of…a flash cart.

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    locopuyo says:

    I’m calling BS on this feature.  I won’t believe it until it’s official.  


    It is somewhat believable if they set a limit to 2 games or something, but with Nintendo’s track record on this sort of thing it doesn’t seem likely.  

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    Alex says:

    Apparently game cards are going to have a 2GB storage capacity at launch. Assuming that most games end up using most of that capacity, it seems to me like they’d have to have some crazy internal storage space for a handheld if they’re going to support installing games (or at least more than a handful of games at once).

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