Today the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 all allow you to purchase and download games via their online stores, now we can confirm that despite the success of WiiWare Nintendo will continue using physical media with their future products.
The next major Nintendo console we expect to see unveiled is the Nintendo Wii successor, which may be called the Wii 2, this recent announcement from Nintendo pretty much confirms that the Wii 2 will feature some sort of optical drive to play its games.
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Nintendo’s European MD of marketing told Edge “the packaged software or retail market is the one that’s going to drive the mass market” and also added “We have never seen any link between growth in the mobile gaming market and decrease in the normal software market”.
Throughout the last couple of years we have seen digital downloads take off in many different ways, the App Store has seen millions of game downloads and a lot of people now stream movies rather than buy the physical media, therefore many thought that future game consoles may do away with physical media, however it seems as if Nintendo are worried that this could cause a drop in sales.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft and Sony do the same with their next consoles, personally I think that physical media will be around for a long-while yet, if not it will have a huge effect on a lot of online retailers and highstreet stores, what do you think?