Nintendo NX release date: Rumors suggest an EGX 2016 debut; Industry experts weigh in on possible content format


The highly secretive next-generation console from Nintendo dubbed as the “NX” was a no-show during the Japanese company’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) presentation, as was previously revealed. Despite this, new hope arises from fans that the device will see the light of day sooner rather than later via the Eurogamer Expo (EGX) which takes place in London this September.

The speculation comes from a survey which was conducted by the organizers of the event themselves. It reveals that the NX is one of the most anticipated from the list of upcoming consoles. Nintendo has continued to build the console’s hype over the last few months since it was confirmed. The survey, however, is not an indication whatsoever of whether the aforementioned device will make an appearance or not. And if going by the official statement, the NX still retains its 2017 roll out date.

Aside from its release timeline, other rumors surrounding the electronic device includes the kind of format it will use for its content. Previous buzz suggested that Nintendo was looking to revive the classic cartridges as their format.

GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines weighed on the speculation during the retailer’s recent earnings call saying “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.”

“It 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,” he continued.

GameStop President Mike Mauler also seemed to be open to the idea; explaining that while cartridges are technically already out of date, it will not be that difficult to bring them back.

“The only difference would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side,” he explained. “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.”

This rumor roots from another rumor that suggested that the overall design of the NX will no longer have disc drives. As of now, CDs and downloadable content have been the only means of delivering electronic entertainment.