Modern gaming is becoming increasingly focused on digital distribution, with publishers making use of online stores such as the Wii U and 3DS eShops to deliver games directly to consumers without having to produce physical media.

With rumours that Nintendo's next console could abandon physical media altogether, we're clearly at a major turning point in the industry - and in the realm of smartphone gaming, digital is the only way to go.

However, a Japanese company is aiming to change that and give seasoned players a chance to return to cartridges, even when playing on their smartphone or tablet.

Beatrobo, Inc has produced the Pico Cassette, a storage device shaped like a tiny Famicom cartridge which plugs into your device's 3.5mm headphone socket. Pico Cassette beams NES games from the cart to an app on your device using the headphone socket's data connection. The company already uses this technology to share music playlists with its PlugAir product.

A Pico Cassette website has been established (it's in Japanese) as well as a Twitter account (also in Japanese). The firm has also released this small teaser video, which shows someone blowing on the Pico Cassette cart, just like everyone used to back in the day (even though it actually harms the games in the long run).

Beatrobo is hoping that Pico Cassette will be used as a unique delivery system not only for retro titles, but for new mobile releases as well.

[source pocketgamer.co.uk, via cyberagent.co.jp]