Despite rumors suggesting that the Nintendo NX will be digital-only, GameStop CEO Paul Raines now confirms that the platform will have "physical media."
Although Nintendo has thus far kept information about the Nintendo NX under wraps ("NX" isn’t even the platform’s official name), this hasn’t stopped games companies with the inside scoop from voicing their excitement for it. Games publisher Ubisoft thinks that the Nintendo NX can bring back fans of the Wii, while Take-Two Interactive, the publisher behind Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead, is also interested in the NX. Those certainly aren’t the only companies hyped for the NX’s release, though, as video game retailer GameStop also has a good reason to smile.
During the company’s recent earnings call, GameStop CEO Paul Raines confirmed that the Nintendo's NX “will have physical media,” adding, “We will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role. So we’re excited about that.” The suggestion that the platform may be digital-only is just one of the many Nintendo NX rumors that have been circulated, with Raines stating, “I would say that the fact that there are rumors of that type just confirms for you that this is an important console for next year.”
Mike Mauler, the president and EVP of GameStop International also spoke about the possibility of the Nintendo NX using cartridges instead of optical discs. Mauler explained, “The only difference 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 on used.”
Unfortunately, it’s unclear when Nintendo itself will reveal exactly how players will be able to get NX games as the company made no announcements about the platform’s features at E3 2016. The Nintendo NX release date has been confirmed and Nintendo doesn’t have a great deal of time to reveal features and get fan excitement levels on par with that of game publishers and retailers.
What is at least positive is that despite the secretive nature of the Nintendo NX, games are still being announced for it. Earlier this year it was revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released on NX and Wii U next year. Not to mention, at E3 2016, Ubisoft also confirmed that the latest edition of its popular party franchise, Just Dance 2017, will be released on Nintendo NX as well as Wii, Wii U, PC and PlayStation, and Xbox platforms.
Nintendo's NX console is set to release sometime in March 2017.
Source: Yahoo! News