One of many rumors circulating the web for the upcoming Nintendo NX console suggests that it will ditch support for physical discs for an all-digital approach. According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, that rumor holds no legitimacy.
While addressing investors in the company’s recent earnings call, Raines stated that Nintendo NX will continue to use physical media. He further added that it “is an important console for next year,” suggesting that Nintendo would never scrap support for physical media because doing so would only annoy and disappoint the player-base.
“It will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role,” said Raines. “So we’re excited about that.”
The retailer’s earnings call also addressed the rumor of Nintendo ditching optical discs for cartridges. If the company does decide to opt for such a move, it will have no affect on the retailer’s pre-owned business. GameStop’s Mike Mauler stated that “the only difference would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side”. He added that cartridges would actually make it simpler for the retailer to refurbish and repackage.
Nintendo NX continues to be shrouded in darkness. The company is still not ready to unveil its upcoming console and reveal what new promises there are for its loyal player-base. Nintendo is expected to host an exclusive event sometime later this year to showcase its new console. It has already confirmed a launch for March 2017.