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Nintendo’s NX console said to ditch discs and go back to cartridges
Nintendo wants to harken back to its heydays with the new, unreleased Nintendo NX console in more ways than one: A new WSJ report says it’ll use cartridges in place of discs, which have been standard on the game company’s home consoles since the introduction of the GameCube in 2001. Cartridges are still in common use elsewhere in the Nintendo console lineup – it’s the physical medium of choice for the 3DS family of portable gaming devices. 3DS has also moved a lot towards making digital downloads a viable option for customers who don’t need or want a million cartridges lying around, but the physical media is still a key vector, especially for younger players who don’t have ready access to credit cards.