According to game retailer GameStop (as reported by IGN), the NX – Nintendo’s upcoming new system – will use some form of physical media. This runs contrary to the rumours that circulated since its original patent from almost a year ago, which showed hardware without an optical drive.
This news comes from an investor call (transcribed by Yahoo and reported on by GamingBolt), where GameStop CEO Paul Raines responded to questions that the new system would use cartridges instead of discs: “It will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role. So we’re excited about that.”
Raines was less forward about whether or not the system would actually use cartridges – which arose again from the original patent having a read/write slot for a card. “We saw those rumours, and so obviously we can’t comment on them,” he said. “I don’t think we know anything about it anyway.”
GameStop made it clear that it would prefer cartridges, as it would line up nicely with their trade-in business. "The only difference [between discs and cartridges] would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side,” said executive vice president Mike Mauler. “And actually, cartridges are much simpler to refurbish and repackage. So there is somewhat a little bit of an advantage if it went in that direction."
The NX is slated for a 2017 release.