Nintendo game card
|Media type||ROM Cartridge|
|Capacity||DS/DSi: 8-512 MB
3DS: 1-8 GB
|Dimensions||35.0 mm × 33.0 mm × 3.8 mm|
|Weight||3.5 g (1/8 oz)|
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Nintendo game cards are the media format used to distribute video games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS systems. The game cards resemble smaller, thinner versions of cartridges for previous portable gaming consoles released by Nintendo, such as the Game Boy or Game Boy Advance. The mask ROM chips are manufactured by Macronix and have an access speed of 150 ns. Cards for the Nintendo DS (NTR-005) currently range from 64 megabits to 4 gigabits (8–512 MB) in size (although the maximum capacity is unknown) The cards usually have a small amount of flash memory or an EEPROM to save user data such as game progress or high scores. However, there are a small number of games that have no save memory such as Electroplankton. The game cards are 35.0 mm × 33.0 mm × 3.8 mm (about half the breadth and depth as Game Boy Advance cartridges) and weigh around 3.5 grams (1/8 oz.).
Based on an IGN blog by the developer of MechAssault: Phantom War, larger (such as 128 MB) cards have a 25% slower data transfer rate than the more common smaller (such as 64 MB) cards; however, the specific base rate was not mentioned.
Game cards for the Nintendo 3DS (CTR-005) are 1 to 8 gigabytes in size, with 2 GiB of game data at launch, and look almost exactly the same as those of the current DS. However, there is a small tab jutting out on the one side, which prevents 3DS cards from being inserted into a Nintendo DS.
Game Boy cartridge 
Game Boy Advance cartridge 
Nintendo DS game card 
Nintendo 3DS game card 
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