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Junqmail

It’s probably to prevent theft. If it was closer to the cart size it could easily be stolen


calcal1992

And it's so I don't lose the cartridge like a moron.


Oraxy51

That and people like putting games on shelves and being able to just pick one out. Some people prefer putting them in small portable cases, it just depends and nintendo knows their fans.


zxcoblex

Also, it’s much harder to advertise the game on a tiny box.


Oraxy51

Absolutely true, and from what I hear especially when it comes to retail marketing and advertising it gets pretty fierce, like even down to in the aisle what spot you your product comes at a cost like at eye level may cost more than say on the ground shelf or up top because eye level even someone passing by is more likely to spot it.


Redmangc1

Also to subtly advertise how the switch is both handheld and TVable?, the case is smaller than the Wii/WiiU cases, but larger than DS


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PkmnMstrBillj88

EB games in AU still does this.


CalaveraFeliz

Also book size is more suitable on a shelf. You don't lose it, you don't need tweezers or spectacles to identify it.


Kirk_Stargazed

Tweezers lol


CalaveraFeliz

I have sausage fingers.


IdealIdeas

but dont store typically put the games behind a glass cabinet? Gamestop keeps all their used games and new games locked up too. The only games I ever see out in the open for grabs are the games nobody wants and the store is just trying to get rid of them.


Hypertension123456

Yeah. The bigger box isn't to prevent theft. Go to a jewelry store to see how small boxes can ge displayed and kept safe. It's 99% inertia, this is just the size box that people expect video games to be in.


Defenseman61913

Truth. Also storage on your shelf. If DVDs and other software are still generally in this format, then when in Rome...


Anxious_Direction_20

My ganeshop always has a couple empty ones on display and keeps the actual ones behind the counter. The only things you can steal there are some merch items but those are big and/or inexpensive items.


FlatMathematician845

What about the DS boxes tho? Those are smaller than Seitch cases


Birds_Are_Fake0

As person that used to steal things from pocket sized to a t.v from stores I can tell you this is still easy to steal. No way its about theft prevention lol Yes I paid the price for my actions with a year of jail and 10 years probation. Plus hefty fines and becoming a felon. Not worth it but I had a drug habbit that needed to be funded even with a job. Glad to be away from that life.


Nikkibraga

AFAIK at the store they display empty boxes, and when you buy it they retrieve the cartridge from the store and put into the box


Junqmail

Only GameStop does that in my area but I live in a town that’s mostly old people so it’s probably just my town


noiceman77

He's got a point tho


zynzynzynzyn

No it’s to make you feel like you’re actually spending $60 on something


snickerdoodle79

I'm always disappointed there's no booklet inside anymore even though I know there won't be.


Dallenforth

Luckily quite a few JRPGs have some type of insert usually.


benx101

same. and I'm pretty sure there are the little tabs for booklets and stuff too so like...WHY DON'T THEY!


snickerdoodle79

Right?? We demand answers.


dbx99

It’s just easier to keep organized on a shelf.


Dallenforth

I like large cases. What I'm really sad is how many switch games don't have manual inserts. Physical gaming is being neglected.


JamesMattDillon

Yes, I also am sad about the no manuals with the game.


LilGhostSoru

If Nintendo sells the game through the eshop they get the full profit, but selling it through retailers requires sharing of profits. No surprise they neglect physical games


SirJamesGhost

Anti-theft. It’s been like this since the days of DS, although those had booklets and were a decent enough size.


Mobilelurkingaccount

This is true as far back as the original Gameboy. Nintendo’s handhelds have always had big boxes for little carts. The GBA had smaller boxes than GB but the GBA size is roughly what they’ve stuck with since then. I appreciate having the ability to place my physical cases on a bookshelf but at the same time it does feel quite wasteful… so much plastic.


SirJamesGhost

Oh yes, forgot about the gameboy cartridges! At least you can keep the plastic on a shelf. Better than discarding it until we can get chemical recycling everywhere.


Jensdawn

Don't make a big case out of this.


YourMomThinksImFunny

They might Switch systems.


shigogaboo

Wii have had to deal with this for a while.


MeIsNotUnderstand

64 problems and the Switch ain’t one.


PCDub

GameCube


Fox_Tango_

You’re playing a dangerous Gameboy!


Nox_Echo

its just an Advance tactic. quite SPecial too.


Surfs-Turf

SP already stands for special. You have to up your Game & Watch your puns.


Nox_Echo

well all the good shit got taken already. i could at least use a Console-ation prize.


PadBunGuy

Wow these comments are really "GAMEBOYING" out of control lolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol!


CaffieneFree

The size of your nutsack compared to your peen


dinowitissues

See now I got a massive nutsack with small balls and an average peen


xxcoder

It's pretty good size. Small, but not tiny. I just use case to carry my carts and leave those home if needed.


Strudleboy

Anti-theft/don’t lose the game. What’s infuriating if you don’t like the waste you should be buying digital.


sweaty19

agree with you


brickmessiah

Little late to be complaining about this one, fam.


YayaGabush

Yea. Switch came out in 2017.


Ok-Ihatetiktoc

That’s a good thing in my opinion


GreyWindxii

why does this make you mad?


Copper_Kat

It's to make it more difficult to steal! Why won't reddit get that though it's thick skull?


Junior-Contract6953

What’s the problem it’s a thing for collectors like myself as well as for some games with inserts back off


Dallenforth

Also you never truly own anything digital. Physical is the only way to guarantee you can always play that game.


Junior-Contract6953

These are facts


G1ntok1_Sakata

No, lack of DRM is really what you're looking for. Many physical games cannot be played without internet as the games are either: out of date, require access to an online DRM service, or are just keys to be used with a platform to download games. There are only two positives with physical copies: Resell and the happiness some people get with physical stuff. It's way cheaper and more convenient to buy a cheap 6tb+ HDD and download DRMless games that are already compressed (usually the install files that are downloaded are well compressed). Tho afaik that can basically only happen for PC or emulators.


Dallenforth

I can play all of my physical switch games on a offline switch.


G1ntok1_Sakata

I'm not talking specifically about the switch, but as a whole. Overall, physical games don't guarantee the ability to truly own said game. As of today, it increases the likelyhood, but does not guarantee (basically depends on platform iirc). Even worse, that likelyhood could decrease as companies keep on being dumb and forcing DRMs into everything. These things should not be confused. If people get confused about them, companies will take advantage of that confusion and screw us all over.


Dallenforth

Well ya pc as a platform has gotten drm-helled. You can still play almost all console games patch less and offline unless it states on the box it requires internet.


Cautious-Damage7575

Mystery solved.


DapperCarpenter_

How else are you gonna fit the booklet that tells you how to play the game and gives you reading material on the way home from GameStop to your device?


snickerdoodle79

If only they still made them.


DapperCarpenter_

wait they don't? How are you supposed to know how to play the game then?


dinowitissues

In game tutorials and the like are much more common place to the point where manuals aren’t really needed. It’s a shame though since they’re fun to read through ngl


Mobilelurkingaccount

Switch games often have digital manuals which you can access from the Home menu. They just don’t print them out anymore.


GigaBowserNS

It's so you don't LOSE them


flamsiesx

1. Cover art 2. Harder to lose 3. Harder to steal 4. Easy to sort like books on bookshelves


SmallofStature

I don't think OP cares.


FinnMartialTheDog

Well they arent going to make a tiny case.


TBoneHolmes

Was the DS just a fever dream then?


NecessaryUnusual2059

It’s to make the games look comparable to Xbox or PS games. DS games were 40 dollars on average, and the cases were smaller. It’s stupid as hell, but consumers seem to care about that stupid thing.


TBoneHolmes

That makes sense. I definitely associate small more square cases with lower quality handheld systems in my head.


FinnMartialTheDog

Oh yeah true


Tinypoke42

Buddy of mine prefers hard copies *just* for that tiny case. For my part, I'm with you, it's dumb.


Cautious-Damage7575

They haven't embraced shrinkflation yet.


Ded_Splixs

Oversized useless plastic , the wheels that make the world go around


TBoneHolmes

I never understood why they didn’t go with a size similar to the DS cases.


niqql

I think it's so they look better next to ps and Xbox games


TBoneHolmes

I can see that being the case……….. no pun intended


zdada

Better than the NES chips being 1/5 the vertical size of the cartridge, all because Nintendo wanted it to feel like a VHS player, hence the “push in push down” load style. Totally dumb but it sure worked.


Mobilelurkingaccount

That’s what happens when you have to save the video games industry by pretending your gaming console isn’t a gaming console, I suppose. Blame the shovelware!


Mad19Pumpkin

It's mildly infuriating that this makes me think this person bought a switch and only the game animal crossing. Not a bad game, but honestly... why make it your first? (Personal opinion, im prepared for whats next.)


ZeyPlay

Its funny how easily we create a scenario in our head. It’s not my switch game.


Mad19Pumpkin

Ah... well the cases are easier to handle and use for collectors displays, just fyi.


KoreanGamer9414

Its for decoration reasons, like I like to put them on a book case and I cant do that with a finger sized case


MthrTheresa

It’s all about the Golden Ratio. We buy with our eyes first and foremost.


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The DS & 3DS carts are smaller then there case


MoxieGaming

OP the game case is the same size as the switch without the controllers attached making it pretty satisfying in a shelf.


Oaty_3

Would you prefer a 2" by 2" case that easily gets lost, stupid


imastupididioy

A NES cart fits into it's similarly sized case, the 3DS cart case got thinner but is about the same size as an NES cart, probably to hold the booklets and case art.


Terrascout1149

You should have posted the inside, it's hilarious.


Proud-Dig3139

Yeah weird they're not in ds cases or on display like magic solo magic cards in Nintendo switch food carts actually can we just put them in those tiny sandwich baggies


michael1757

Did you ever buy needles in indavidually wrapped?


[deleted]

What's your issue with that? It could fit into something like a DS case, but the switch is a hybrid so having a bigger case makes it feel more substantial, fitting for a more substantial console. It's also smaller than PS4/XB1/XBX/PS5 so I really don't see the problem.


Ozty

Woo excessive plastic waste


ZeyPlay

Finally. Everyone’s responding with “its for theft protection” and “its so you dont lose the game” I know that. It doesn’t mean it can’t irk me for being so much extra plastic.


25dtyhjyew11456

ok?


BlackIsntAColor

This really upsets people? Jesus.... lol


ZeyPlay

Ya’ll take this too serious. The sub is called “MILDLY infuriating.”


IntertelRed

This is kind of necessary if your going to sell games also available on console. Nintendo wants people buying Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch not for the xbox. If it was a DS game case size it would make the customer think the games were lesser in power and that's not really the case.


extention_cable

better than losing the card quit complaining it's also esthtetic


SamuraiJosh26

I think you are few years late to be angry


WalrusSquare247

Wait what? I didn't know they were that small, I thought they were a disk like xbox, blu-ray, that kind of thing


FelixChloe

In addition to anti-theft, there is a bunch of info publishers are obligated/want to display on the packaging, and lots of them have minimum sizes - rating icons and descriptors, technical specifications, copyright notices, legal disclaimers, any partner logos, etc. etc. A cartridge-sized package wouldn't provide enough real estate.


NopeNeg

Better than it being 2/3 the size of every other brand of game case like the DS was


HoodedDeathLeamon

I was always confused why it was so big for what was inside