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GameStop Says Nintendo NX Will Support Physical Games

Nintendo NX will support more than just digital downloads - physical games will be compatible with the console

We haven’t received much information about Nintendo’s next gaming console, the NX, but today we received a small tidbit of information regarding its physical and digital media capabilities.

Physical or Digital Games?

GameStop CEO, Paul Raines, responded to last month’s investor earning call by stating that “[The NX] will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role.” This statement has busted rumors of the NX only supporting digital downloads because of a hardware patent with no signs of a disc drive.

Discs or Cartridges?

GameStop execs aren’t so sure about the cartridge rumors, which started by the patent’s inclusion of a “read/write card slot”. Raines says “we saw [the] rumors and so obviously can’t comment on them.” While GameStop seems to have no comments regarding cartridges, executive vice president Mike Mauler believes that “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.”

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Published Jun. 20th 2016

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