The Wall Street Journal: 64-GB game cards for Nintendo Switch delayed until 2019

TOKYO — Nintendo Co. told outside game developers it is delaying delivery of 64-gigabyte game cards for its Switch console until 2019, people familiar with the matter said, meaning gamers may have to wait longer for some data-rich software titles.

The delay comes after a successful first year on the market for the Switch, a hybrid between a living-room game console and a portable player that has sold more than 10 million units. The large and growing base of Switch users is an attractive market for game makers.

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While users can download games for the Switch off the internet, many choose the more-old-fashioned option of buying packaged software sold on Switch-specialized cards, which are about the size of memory cards used in digital cameras. Outside game developers rely on Nintendo for the cards.

Currently, the Switch cards can hold up to 32 gigabytes of data. That is less than the Blu-ray discs used by rival consoles, including Sony Corp.’s SNE, +0.11% 6758, -0.08%   PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT, +0.36%   Xbox One, which can store up to 50 gigabytes of data. Nintendo 7974, -0.88%   used the cards for the Switch because they take up less space and make the device more portable. Nintendo had planned to make 64-gigabyte cards available to partner developers in the second half of 2018, but recently told them that it would push the date back to 2019 owing to technical issues, according to people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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