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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At left, we see the world's smallest proprietary video game cartridge format (1) -- that of the Nintendo DS -- in comparison with the world's largest (2). The largest belongs to the SNK Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES), an expensive home game console in its day that specialized in bringing home exact versions of SNK games one could play in the arcade. Its cartridges were large because its games were large, datawise, and needed plenty of physical space for the numerous ROM chips inside.

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