On May 26 of this year, Gamestop Corporation had a earnings conference call, in which CEO Paul Raines and Executive VP Mike Mauler spoke briefly about the NX. We know that the NX is slated to debut in March of 2017, but otherwise, legit news about the console in full or part has been kept well hidden by Nintendo.
Raines first started to talk about the physical media (meaning discs or cartridges) when saying, “We saw those rumors, and so obviously we can’t comment on them. I don’t think we know anything about it anyway. But certainly for us, physical media is a good thing, right?”
Now, that’s clearly not much to go on, and Raines doesn’t want to talk much about it, but just a few lines down Mauler inputs his thoughts, from a pre-owned viewpoint. “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.” While Gamestop relies on pre-owned games and accessories to keep their business afloat, this doesn’t really matter or apply to the every-day gamer like you or me that much.
However, seemingly in contradiction to his previous statement, Raines comes out and says this, just after Mauler finishes, “Certainly 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. [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.”
I think it’s safe to say that the NX will be definitely made to play physical media, but whether or not it will play on discs or cartridges has yet to be seen.
Are you excited for the NX to release? Maybe nervous or skeptical? Let us know in the comments!