Big Memory Card: Bigger Problems

Nintendo's 1019 comes unstuck

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Big Memory Card: Bigger Problems
Nintendo of America has issued a statement detailing compatibility issues with its recently released GameCube Memory Card 1019, following public reaction to various data save issues with a selection of games.

"Because the Memory Card 1019 uses new technology that more than quadruples the previous storage capacity of our other Memory Cards, there may be issues when saving a small number of older games," said NOA, in an embarrassing post-launch climb-down...

Detailed below is Nintendo's official outline of know issues, so that you can continue to enjoy Mary-Kate and Ashley Sweet 16 in your very own special way.


Backyard Football:
When using an unformatted Memory Card 1019, the game will ask if you would like to format the Memory Card. Selecting "Yes" will cause the game to freeze. If you have an unformatted Memory Card 1019, and wish to save Backyard Football game data, you must first save game data from another game not listed as incompatible on this page. Doing so will automatically format the Memory Card.

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle:
If there are more than 999 free blocks on the Memory Card 1019, the game cannot display the amount of free blocks. With less than 999 free blocks, the amount of free blocks will display properly.
While mathematically the Memory Card 1019 should be able to hold hundreds of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle game files, the maximum it can hold is 99.

Darkened Skye:
If multiple save files are created, the game occasionally will not allow any new files to be created, even though there are enough free blocks on the Memory Card 1019. Removing and reinserting the Memory Card 1019 when this happens should solve the problem.

WTA Tour Tennis:
The game does not recognize the Memory Card 1019 properly, and should not be used. We suggest using a Memory Card 59 or 251 with this game.

Disney Sports: Skate Boarding:
The game does not recognize the Memory Card 1019 properly, and should not be used. We suggest using a Memory Card 59 or 251 with this game.

Disney Sports: Soccer:
The game does not recognize the Memory Card 1019 properly, and should not be used. We suggest using a Memory Card 59 or 251 with this game.


Games with known issues when used with a Memory Card 1019, 251, or 59:

NHL Hitz 20-03:
When using an unformatted Memory Card, the game will ask if you would like to format the Memory Card. Selecting "Yes" will cause the game to freeze. If you have an unformatted Memory Card, and wish to save NHL Hitz 20-03 game data, you must first save game data from another game not listed as incompatible on this page. Doing so will automatically format the Memory Card.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Sweet 16:
Graphics sometimes will not display properly if a file is loaded and restarted after quitting the game. It is recommended that the system be powered off and powered back on before loading the file to play again.

Comments

Zippy1979 14 Jun 2004 11:41
1/3
I wouldn't usually expect hardware problems from Nintendo.
Smelly 14 Jun 2004 11:54
2/3
Its not a hardware problem, its a software problem.

Older games werent expecting the card to get that big..
Matt Carr 14 Jun 2004 12:17
3/3
It definitely sounds like a software problem, not a hardware problem. It doesn't even seem to be Nintendo's fault at all.

It was known relatively early on that a bigger Memory Card was to become available and obviously the developers of the games in this list never made the software capable of supporting future hardware development.
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