Nintendo NX Will Use Physical Media

Nintendo NX Will Use Physical Media

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.



 

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Comments Comments (8)

 
Posted by guido
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 8:58 AM
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Some sort of custom SD card?? Weird?? But if anyone would do it Nintendo would :-)
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 9:12 AM
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Hmm no optical... I wonder.. if we will see cartridges again!
 
 
 
Posted by ricky1981
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 9:57 AM
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21 June 2016, 09:12 AM Reply to Bunnny
Hmm no optical... I wonder.. if we will see cartridges again!
Cartridges would seem an odd choice but Nintendo seem to enjoy being quirky just for the sake of it at times and maybe there is a profit-angle too. Heck, no one else would get away with selling a handheld console without an AC adapter but the big N somehow manage it.

It does feel a bit like the NX will be the last throw of the dice for their home console efforts and from a business standpoint you do wonder if they'd make more money by just throwing their talent at games instead.

Imagine the sales if PS4/XB1/PC games could play Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Mario Kart, etc. I bought a Wii U but it is in a drawer at the moment as I played the half dozen games I wanted to pick up. The biggest issue is the lack of games as it means it is definitely a secondary console and most gamers just don't have the money/space/time to run two systems (obviously if you read/post on here you might well have all three like me!).

It's also viewed as a "kid's console" which isn't entirely fair (some of the Mario World challenge levels would test anyone's dexterity) but means it just can't compete in a market that wants to convince us all to buy COD, Assassins Creed, Fifa, etc every year.
 
 
 
Posted by Silvon
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 1:59 PM
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Well I'm just glad that the NX is going to use some form of physical media, now quite interested to see more about the console and where Nintendo is going with it.
 
 
 
Posted by ninja
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 4:05 PM
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More details more details!!!!
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 9:38 PM
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But how many teraflops is it? ;p
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 10:59 PM
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Physical 4 life! :D
 
 
 
Posted by dark_hadou1
On Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 6:22 PM
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21 June 2016, 08:58 AM Reply to guido
Some sort of custom SD card?? Weird?? But if anyone would do it Nintendo would :-)
Seems we're on the same wavelength, thought of that as soon as I read the article