The evolution of video game media

From jumper cards to hard disks, these are the cards, cartridges, and drives that have shaped the world of gaming.

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The earliest video game cartridges were read-only devices. They provided game data, but data generated while playing was lost when players shut off the console. Nintendo first attempted to solve this problem in 1986 by borrowing a page from PCs: It released a unique floppy disk system (2) for its Famicom console in Japan.

Key: [1] The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987), [2] Famicom Disk System (1986), [3] Nintendo 64DD (1999), [4] Nintendo GB Memory Cartridge (Game Boy, 1997), [5] Nintendo SF Memory Cassette (Super Famicom, 1997)

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