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curl-6 said:

I feel like the game being all on the cart or not is more down to the publisher, not the porting studio.

A dev like Panic Button or Saber can shrink down the file size as much as they can, but ultimately it's the publisher who chooses whether they want to shell out for a bigger cart or cheap out and go with a smaller one and a mandatory download.

Fair point, but don't undersell how much work it would still take to shrink assets down enough to fit on whatever size carts they've been given to work with. I'd imagine that the balancing act of trying to hit a certain resolution and graphical target while keeping a file size under a certain limit isn't easy. It might not be their original games, but they still take pride in their work and want it to look as good and be as close to the original vision as they can get it.