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Aar5144

I just brought a switch (animal crossing edition)

I am thinking about going digital because I don’t have space.

I brought 2 of the 512gb so cards that’s officially lisensed by Nintendo

I was wondering when Nintendo stops the e shop on the switch will I still be able to play digital games?

I heard online that the switch game cards last for 20 years (only one website says 20 years)

If the article I read is true about the game cards last only for 20 years and I decide to go all digital would I still be able to play digital games?

I know once the e shop is closed I won’t have access to re download the games

I am planning on using the 2nd 512 gb so card that I brought to download all the digital games and keep the 2nd 512gb sd card in a case and store it in my filing cabinet.

If I had all digital games on 2 sd cards that is lisensed by Nintendo will I still be able to play the digital games once they close the e shop? Or should I go all physical?

If I go all physical does. Anyone here believe that the game cards only last for 20 years?

I know my friends have a NES and all of the games are still working (when batteries are replaced)

When I look online about how long the DS and 3Ds game cards last they are rated for 20-50 years but for switch only 20 years? That’s redicilous

Should I go all physical or digital?

Aar5144

tyranny_life

Switch carts don't take up much space, so I wouldn't be concerned about that.
Also, memory cards (your 512 micro sd card for example) will have the same long term potential loss as a cartridge. So I wouldn't base my decision on that. The carts will likely last longer, it's just that they need to put a number on it.
I think as long as the game (digital or physical) is already on your system, it will continue to work even after eshop closes. Just be careful not to reset/format or lose/damage the system.
If you ever plan to sell a game obviously buy a cart. Some people will purchase a game digital if they know they will never sell it (mario or zelda or minecraft or whatever)
I just like to the have the physical object, so I buy carts when I can, and digital only when it's a small indie game or something that doesn't have physical available.

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SmashBall35

Digital is nice because you don’t have to swap out cartridges, but physical is fun to have and you can play them without internet. You should be able to play digital and physical games when the store closes as long as you have downloaded them.

Game cards should last for a while, and could probably last longer than 20 years if taken care of well.

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WoomyNNYes

@Aar5144 Those nintendo branded micro sd cards cost about 2-3x more than non-nintendo cards, and don't offer any technical advantage. Although, they do look cool. It's your call if you want to keep them, but if you buy a Sandisk of the same specs, they're work the same. You can see the specs required for micro sd cards on Nintendo support's website. Note: if you buy higher speed cards, like UHS-3, the switch hardware can't utilize those higher speeds. Anyway, the Switch only needs the basic current micro sd cards, like class 10 or UHS-1, like I said though, you can see the specs on Nintendo Support.

Micro SD FAQ page for the Switch
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

This card has basically the same specs as the Nintendo branded card, if not the same exact specs as the nintendo branded card. (obviously, if you're buying from amazon, only buy name brands you know from pages with thousands positive reviews. You'll notice this page has 140,000 positive reviews.)
https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-512GB-microSDXC-Memory-Adapter...

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Snatcher

@Aar5144 If the eshop closing is the biggest concern. Just get physical, it’s better all around.

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Rambler

20 years is a long time - the joycons will be a pile of dust by then

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Dogorilla

SmashBall35 wrote:

Digital is nice because you don’t have to swap out cartridges, but physical is fun to have and you can play them without internet.

I'm assuming you mean you need internet to download digital games in the first place, but just in case @Aar5144 is confused by your wording I thought I'd clarify that once a game is downloaded you don't need an internet connection to play it. So they'll still be fine after the eShop shuts down.

While there's no guarantee of how long the cartridges will last, I think there's a good chance it will be more than 20 years if they're taken good care of. And you don't necessarily need to go all digital or all physical, you can just buy whichever one's cheaper for a particular game if you prefer.

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Aar5144

@Dogorilla I hope so. Heard 40-50 years possible for the DS carts and 20-50 years for the 3DS carts and for NES or SNES 50+ years and the NES and SNES carts are still working today (if you replace the batteries)

It’s crazy how one article suggests 20 years when DS are rated for 40-50 years and 3Ds rated for 20-50 years and NES is 39 years old and still working fine.

I just hope that the switch carts can last as long as the NES carts last. I know switch carts don’t have battery in them but they should last longer than 20 years

Aar5144

Aar5144

@WoomyNNYes ya I know there experience however I brought a micro so card non Nintendo brand from Best Buy and they said it will work for switch but it kept crashing and causing problems for me. I brought official ones and had them working 3 years so far

Aar5144

Aar5144

@SmashBall35 ya I keep them in a soft carrying case that can hold up to 100 carts. I really hope I can keep them working for a very long time.

NES and snes games still work even though they are 39 years old (when batteries are replaced in game carts).

A article says an DS cart can last for 40 to 50 years or longer and another article says that the 3ds carts can last for 20 to 50 years or longer

It’s crazy how someone says only 20 years.

I am ok if my switch carts stops working 30-40 years from now as my switch console may not last over 20 years but if I take care of the switch and replace the fan, thermal paste, battery, etc every few years (when it overheats or battery issues) the console could last for 30-50 years (if I can find battery replacement and fan replacement or any other parts)

I don’t think the console can last over 30 years but who knows if a NES and SNES still work over 39 years why can’t a switch do the same you know.

I just hope my games will be safe.

What I may do is go all physical but when I have a favorite game that’s physical I may buy it digital so if something does happen to physical copy I still have it digitally.

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Aar5144

SmashBall35

@Aar5144

I’m sure they’ll last a long time. And, like you say your switch might not work that long. Even if it did, there will most likely be many other systems to play on. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about your games especially since you’re taking care of them. Same with the switch.

In the time estimates, half of the reason why it can be so low is because they have to include ones that aren’t taken care of or properly maintained- making the average a lot lower than it could be.

I personally prefer physical because I can see my game cards and the box/case artwork it comes in.

Edited on by SmashBall35

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Budda

Dogorilla wrote:

SmashBall35 wrote:

Digital is nice because you don’t have to swap out cartridges, but physical is fun to have and you can play them without internet.

I'm assuming you mean you need internet to download digital games in the first place, but just in case @Aar5144 is confused by your wording I thought I'd clarify that once a game is downloaded you don't need an internet connection to play it. So they'll still be fine after the eShop shuts down.

I heard you have to verify your account or something every 30 days to play digital games even on your primary. That requires an online connection.
But I can't confirm that myself. That's new to me as well. I heard people saying it in conjunction with that supposed Advance Wars leak for the first time.

Budda

Dogorilla

@Budda Hmm, I've never heard of that either, apart from for Switch Online apps. I don't think it's true because I would probably be aware of it if it was, but I've never had 30 days without internet since getting the Switch so I can't say for sure.

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Aar5144

@Budda I have a friend who has digital games and he never has to “verify” his account every 30 days. He keeps playing them without Wi-Fi

Aar5144

Rambler

@Dogorilla
There was something about the switch checking online every so often, but I think that was for the NSO games, which makes sense as you could subscribe monthly (it should know though, shouldn't it?), but I can't find anything about it.

@Budda
I've just googled to see if there was anything about a 30 day check for digital games, and can't find anything. Thinking about it, it doesn't make any sense, as you've bought the game, so why would you need to verify that you have bought it every month?

Rambler

Aar5144

@SmashBall35 I hope they last a long time. My older brother has physical games for his switch and I went through his games and looked online.

I calculated the total value he spent on his games. He spent over $2,000 just the games not the switch or accessories.

Aar5144

Aar5144

I agree never heard of having to verify every month. Don’t know how Budda heard that @Rambler

Aar5144

SmashBall35

@Aar5144

I’m sure they’ll be able to last a long time.

That’s a lot. Though, games are pretty expensive now without a discount.

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Budda

Spawn Wave said it for example. Maybe I'm totally stupid and I just misunderstand what they're saying. Maybe some context that I'm missing.
Though my primary Switch is doing a check on my physical games with DLC every now and then when starting the game. (I have no digital games besides DLC)
And just a reminder. I said I never heard of that before either.

Budda

SmashBall35

@Budda

Would you maybe have been talking about the Nintendo Switch Online subscription? I totally get misunderstanding something. I just did that the other day on the forums 😆

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