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Rumors about the Nintendo NX have been running wild all over the place since it was first introduced to the gaming media a while back. One of the rumors was that the Nintendo NX would be a digital-only game console, opposite of the Wii and Wii U, but GameStop has put an end to that rumor by stating that the console will have physical media capabilities.
IGN is reporting that GameStop revealed to them that the NX will have some form of physical media playback. Previously, rumors swirled that the Nintendo NX would be a digital-only system and would have ties to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, exchanging digital apps through portable handheld systems. Some rumors even hinted at the NX having ties to the Nintendo 3DS as a sort of crossbreed hybrid between a portable gaming device and a home console device.
Well, part of that rumor has been squashed now that GameStop's GameStop CEO Paul Raines explained the situation, saying...
[The Nintendo NX] 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, however, does not know what sort of role the physical media will play on the market, in terms of being a disc-based console or a cartridge-based console. Some people have speculated that moving back to cartridges would be a step back for the tech, but with advancements in USB storage devices, SSDs and micro-storage cards being on the rise, it might make sense that Nintendo would go the cost effective route of using mini-storage devices for games instead of standard discs. The benefit would be faster load times, quicker read times and faster write speeds. That's not to mention that saved games being stored on the game disc itself would become a possibility again.
Some leaked patents of the Nintendo NX supposedly showcased the console being bereft of an optical drive, but GameStop wasn't able to comment on that. All they know is that the system will have some form of physical media attached to it.
Executive vice president Mike Mauler also chimed in to make it known that GameStop is game for whatever Nintendo decides to go with, whether it be discs or cartridges, they'll have the pre-owned section set aside for the Nintendo NX and its games, saying...
The only difference [between discs and cartridges] would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side. 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.
Gamers are a little apprehensive about Nintendo's new console because of how secretive the company has been with the details and the specs, but it's expected to launch in March, 2017 so expect more details to come out of this year's Tokyo Game Show.
When the console does launch at least gamers will know that they'll be able to trade in their physical media for the NX and get some cash back to go towards new game purchases or used game purchases.