Nintendo's decision to utilize MASK ROM cartridges remains controversial today. Hiroshi Yamauchi argued in favor of the cartridge format as cartridges are far more resistant to physical damage than CDs, and load-times which are frequent on CD based games were virtually non-existent with the Nintendo 64. Cartridges were also less prone to piracy. However, some insiders argue that the cartridge format was chosen in order for Nintendo to charge higher licensing fees. Cartridges also took longer to manufacture and were an estimated $25 US dollars each while CDs were a mere 10 cents a piece. This forced game developers to anticipate the success of a game in order to meet demand appropriately and not be stuck with expensive unused cartridges.
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