Here’s Why Nintendo Switch Flash Carts Have Used Game Collectors Panicking
The issue with flash carts lies with both versions of the game being online at the same time. Previously, this wasn’t possible, as pirates primarily focused on developing the tech for older consoles. And if they managed to create one for the current generation, it was either unusable online or companies like Nintendo would quickly patch them. However, the MIG-Switch has bypassed these hurdles, and the used games industry could suffer the most.
The MIG-Switch is the latest, state-of-the-art flash cart for the Nintendo Switch. Unlike its predecessors, it doesn’t rely on software to function, requiring users to physically eject and reinsert it to switch between the games stored on the cartridge. Since it isn’t using software, it’s essentially invulnerable to patches from Nintendo. MIG-Switch also claims its product is entirely usable online, setting a new precedent for flash carts, video game piracy, and used games.
Given that the MIG-Switch will be available to everyone once it launches, it isn’t difficult to see how this could go wrong quickly if it delivers on all its promises. Despite the company’s intentions, people will inevitably purchase the tech to copy and resell games. And once the two identical IDs appear online simultaneously, Nintendo will ban both users. The pirate, who likely has numerous Switches or accounts, won’t bat an eye, while the innocent person did nothing but try to save some money on a video game.