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l Maximus l
04-22-2002, 05:47 PM
Nintendo cuts price for European GameCube launch



Following Microsoft's price cut for the Xbox, Nintendo announces a price cut for the GameCube launch.

Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo GameCube will launch across Europe on May 3 at a recommended retail price of 199 euros ($175) instead of the original price of 249 euros ($220). "Europe is a very important market for Nintendo and we are committed to making it a success," said David Gosen, managing director of Nintendo Europe. "On May 3 we will launch the only dedicated games console, the Nintendo GameCube, with an excellent software lineup, both for launch and throughout 2002, at a very competitive price. This is a very strong offer for consumers and one that we believe will ensure Nintendo's success across Europe."
In related news, the German edition of industry paper MCV recently reported that Sony will wait for the most current sales numbers at the end of May before reevaluating the pricing of the PlayStation 2.

http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories/news/0,10870,2862208,00.html

Kraft
04-22-2002, 05:53 PM
But that still put the box at a more expensive price than the cube didn't it? Wait a minute, that means Nintendo is unsure of the cubes ability to compete with the box at an equal price range... Hrmmm...

LynxFX
04-22-2002, 06:07 PM
This is why I like competition and we NEED 3 very competitive console makers in the market.

Way to put on the pressure Microsoft. :D

Spaztic
04-22-2002, 06:10 PM
lets be honest, if the gamecube and the xbox are the same price....which one is going to sell more???....ummm can we say xbox!

l Maximus l
04-22-2002, 06:15 PM
Originally posted by bryanhls
lets be honest, if the gamecube and the xbox are the same price....which one is going to sell more???....ummm can we say xbox!

:D I'll say it!!! XBOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Spaztic
04-22-2002, 06:49 PM
the only problem is that fanboys that work at these stores will die for there system and tell people why the gamecube and ps2 are better.....Usually when I catch people doing this I will butt in with a comment like. "But you forgot to tell the xbox has online, hardrive, better graphics, support by a multimillion doller company, and honestly do you want to by the ps2 now when in a couple of months you will see your error and buy a xbox anyways." I have talked quite a few people into making the biggest mistake of there life! I don't believe someone can sleep at night after selling a console to a person who dosn't know what they are buying!

Crazy Joe
04-23-2002, 01:52 AM
Originally posted by bryanhls
I have talked quite a few people <big>into</big> making the biggest mistake of there life! I don't believe someone can sleep at night after selling a console to a person who dosn't know what they are buying!

You mean talked people OUT right? unless you were telling them to buy a PS2?

Halo of Flies
04-23-2002, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by bryanhls
I have talked quite a few people into making the biggest mistake of there life!
Is that when you're chatting them up? - j/k :D

UnitedKingdom
04-23-2002, 08:21 AM
The xboxs selling point is the latest technolgy and multiple functions (dvd, cd audio, internet). The gamecubes selling point is simple and cheap. Nintendo know people will be tempted to get an xbox at a cheaper price because its such good value and they've had to react in an area which is one of their key selling points, cheap!;)

p.s. Halo of flies, what free games you planning on getting. I'm waiting until friday when they update the list, hope its not just the release titles.

Afro Aura
04-23-2002, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by bryanhls
the only problem is that fanboys that work at these stores will die for there system and tell people why the gamecube and ps2 are better.....Usually when I catch people doing this I will butt in with a comment like. "But you forgot to tell the xbox has online, hardrive, better graphics, support by a multimillion doller company, and honestly do you want to by the ps2 now when in a couple of months you will see your error and buy a xbox anyways." I have talked quite a few people into making the biggest mistake of there life! I don't believe someone can sleep at night after selling a console to a person who dosn't know what they are buying!
Yeah mate I've seen this happen to many times now, with the GC and PS2 fanboys rant and rave about there inferior machine saying the XBOX has no games and twice as many people pre-booked the GC than the XBOX and other crap like that, anyway like you I've corrected sale staff and customer of the errors and told them the truth with most of the stuff you put up there.

I mean thinking about it, if they want a bigger bonus in their salary they shouldn't blast any machine as the more they sell the more money they earn, bloody idiots

Kraft
04-23-2002, 11:18 AM
Yeah, the nice people at my local best buy were <i>more</i> than happy to sell me an xbox and hype it up more than microsoft ever did. I heard this guy say things like "future of gaming", "most advanced technology available", etc. etc. Of course, then he tried to sell me 500 dollars worth of crap along with it. Goofy best buy people don't realize some people are on a budget and can only afford a game and an extra controller to start off with...

l Maximus l
04-23-2002, 11:27 AM
I predict that after Europeans actually see what Nintendo has in store for them with the GameCube, they will be disappointed and the hype will be in the past and the XBox will be scooped up instead.

For a few extra bucks, Europeans, like everyone else, will be able to have:

1. A processor that is twice as fast
2. A far more superior graphics card
3. On-line capability
4. System Link capability
5. DVD player
6. The ability to play 4 + people
7. The ability to buy something other than Mario, Luigi, Pokemon and the gang :D

FlyBoy
04-23-2002, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by Maximus
I predict that after Europeans actually see what Nintendo has in store for them with the GameCube, they will be disappointed and the hype will be in the past and the XBox will be scooped up instead.

For a few extra bucks, Europeans, like everyone else, will be able to have:

1. A processor that is twice as fast
2. A far more superior graphics card
3. On-line capability
4. System Link capability
5. DVD player
6. The ability to play 4 + people
7. The ability to buy something other than Mario, Luigi, Pokemon and the gang :D

There's no contest... XBOX will soon be ruler of the free world!:eek:

Gaseoussnake
04-23-2002, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by FlyBoy


There's no contest... XBOX will soon be ruler of the free world!:eek:



No it wount.

The added features that Xbox has over the consoles is to its own demerit rather than merit.The cost of making a HD,a DVD player,etc makes the Xbox very expencive to make.If microsoft were to reduce the price of the Xbox,they will keep on loosing and this is bad for them.

Also,due to the fact that the Xbox doesnt sell through out the world,many developers are having second thoughts about developing for the console.

Even if the GC and the Xbox were to be on the price,many Europeans would rather buy the GC because the GCs line up for this year is absolutely wonderfull and you guys shouldnt forget that people buy games(software) not hardware(consoles) that why the PSX lashed the N64.

Kraft
04-23-2002, 12:09 PM
Hmm... so the xbox doesn't have a wonderful line up? <i>*looks at a short list*</i>

Project Ego
Morrowind
Spinter Cell
Malice
Medal of Honor
Soul Cailber 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Tekki

Man, and those are just the games I'm looking forward to. Obviously we have different concepts of the word wonderful...

Gaseoussnake
04-23-2002, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by KraftSLU
Hmm... so the xbox doesn't have a wonderful line up? <i>*looks at a short list*</i>

Project Ego
Morrowind
Spinter Cell
Malice
Medal of Honor
Soul Cailber 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Tekki

Man, and those are just the games I'm looking forward to. Obviously we have different concepts of the word wonderful...

I think we both have the same concept of wonderful games.

Splinter cell is coming out on the GC.So also Soul Calibur 2.Medal of honour is out on ps2 and i think theres a Star Wars game for the GC.Basically,what M$ needs to do is to get exclusives not ports.If a game title is out on all the 3 consoles,it will sell best on the ps2 cuz of its fan base.But exclusives due help consoles alot.Look at Mario,Zelda,Killer Instincts,Donkey Kong,Pokemon,Too Human,Eternal Darkness,Sonic,Perfect Dark,Golden Eye etc are the titles that will win it for the GC.

The Xbox has a very short list of Exclusives.

Hugh_Jass
04-23-2002, 01:19 PM
Drop the GC price to $99 and I would buy one. There are some GC exclusives that I wouldn't mind playing.

l Maximus l
04-23-2002, 01:29 PM
Originally posted by Gaseoussnake


I think we both have the same concept of wonderful games.

Splinter cell is coming out on the GC.So also Soul Calibur 2.Medal of honour is out on ps2 and i think theres a Star Wars game for the GC.Basically,what M$ needs to do is to get exclusives not ports.If a game title is out on all the 3 consoles,it will sell best on the ps2 cuz of its fan base.But exclusives due help consoles alot.Look at Mario,Zelda,Killer Instincts,Donkey Kong,Pokemon,Too Human,Eternal Darkness,Sonic,Perfect Dark,Golden Eye etc are the titles that will win it for the GC.

The Xbox has a very short list of Exclusives.

Well, sure, dude...the GameCube is great if you like characters that have been overly milked for all their worth. I mean, how ridiculous does this look? See below:

Halo
Halo 2
Super Halo Brothers
Super Halo World
Super Halo 64
Super Smash Halo Melee
Halokart
Halo Golf
Halo Tennis
Paper Halo
Halo's Mansion

:rolleyes:

I mean, let's be reasonable here. The Gamecube's primary market share is for 10-12 year olds. This is not my opinion, but, a statement made by the Chief Executive Officer of Nintendo. The Gamecube will certainly do well for the younger gamers, however, for the older and more experienced gamers, people will seek after the XBox instead. I'm 26, and, I have some good memories in regards to Nintendo, but, that's just it: they are memories.

On-line gaming is the future...and Microsoft has broadband built in, standard, for the XBox. When the on-line forum launches this summer, both Nintendo and Playstation will be a thing of the past. Just wait and see. Too bad Nintendo has absolutely no plans to taking their system on-line...atleast not this time around.

Anthony4sho
04-23-2002, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by Gaseoussnake




No it wount.

The added features that Xbox has over the consoles is to its own demerit rather than merit.The cost of making a HD,a DVD player,etc makes the Xbox very expencive to make.If microsoft were to reduce the price of the Xbox,they will keep on loosing and this is bad for them.

Also,due to the fact that the Xbox doesnt sell through out the world,many developers are having second thoughts about developing for the console.

Even if the GC and the Xbox were to be on the price,many Europeans would rather buy the GC because the GCs line up for this year is absolutely wonderfull and you guys shouldnt forget that people buy games(software) not hardware(consoles) that why the PSX lashed the N64.

what r u talkin about? the Best games that are gonna come out fro GC is the Resident Evil series, and from there itz all downhill. The XBOX might not have a lot of blockbuster hits, but it does have tha best game made 4 any console EVER not to mentionit has about 3-4 hits out and about another 10 more comin. And it is also alot easier to make gamez for so developers are actually turning towards xbox.

Kraft
04-23-2002, 01:34 PM
LOL!!! God, that was good max. What kills me is that is not even close to the total list. You forgot such classics as

Super Halo Land
Super Halo Land 2
Dr. Halo
Super Smash Halo
Super HaloKart 64
Halo Sunshine (coming soon!)
Halo Paint (for use with upcoming mouse)

and then there are all the games spawned by Halo's evil twin, Walo.

Walo Land
Walo Land 2

l Maximus l
04-23-2002, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by KraftSLU
LOL!!! God, that was good max. What kills me is that is not even close to the total list. You forgot such classics as

Super Halo Land
Super Halo Land 2
Dr. Halo
Super Smash Halo
Super HaloKart 64
Halo Sunshine (coming soon!)
Halo Paint (for use with upcoming mouse)

and then there are all the games spawned by Halo's evil twin, Walo.

Walo Land
Walo Land 2

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!! Halo's evil twin WALO!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!!

Dude, that was great! :D

Afro Aura
04-23-2002, 04:20 PM
With the price-drop for the GC, many of my friends are thinking of getting one
one of them came to my flat and was saying that HMV (I have to put in there the sales staff are GC fanboys) had 100 of these GC in stock and theres only 5 left, my friend didn't mention that he and the rest them, who put in a pre-order were getting a free game "Luigi's Mansion" which he said was shyt the first time he saw it on my friends import GC hmmmm hang on he said all the games where shyt except Rouge Squadron and I have to say it's pretty good too (credit were credit is needed)

So with the GC + Luigi's Mansion for £129.99 it's a bit of an impulse to buy one as you've got something to play when you get in home

Anyway I think over here (UK) the GC may do well as the price is just right I was thinking of getting one (don't cuss me) but then I realised what game will I be playing on there err Zelda err I think I'm lost here, oh-yeah just remembered that one Resident Evil and thats it

So nar it's not for me, I'm sure when he finds out what games are coming out I think he'll think twice about wasting money again

By the way hows the XBOX sales doing over your side?

Kraft
04-23-2002, 04:24 PM
This one is for you, maximus ;)

<img src=http://www.yoursighost.com/members/KraftSLU/sig2.gif>
I see years of sequels coming out of this one...

l Maximus l
04-23-2002, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by KraftSLU
This one is for you, maximus ;)

<img src=http://www.yoursighost.com/members/KraftSLU/sig2.gif>
I see years of sequels coming out of this one...

BWAHAHAHAHAH! It's WALO!!! BWAHAHAHHAAHHAA!! :D Nice, dude!! BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!

Xboxfan123
04-23-2002, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Hugh_Jass
Drop the GC price to $99 and I would buy one. There are some GC exclusives that I wouldn't mind playing.

$99 is a lot of money for the GC. Are you sure about that? Just dig out your old Super Nintendo and play Mario, Luigi, Pokeman, Pacman, Zelda and imagime a few more levels on each. There you just saved $99.

"The only console dedicated to gaming" sounds like a load of "recycled human waste product" to me.

LynxFX
04-23-2002, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by Gaseoussnake

No it wount.

The added features that Xbox has over the consoles is to its own demerit rather than merit.The cost of making a HD,a DVD player,etc makes the Xbox very expencive to make.If microsoft were to reduce the price of the Xbox,they will keep on loosing and this is bad for them.


First of all, MS is probably only losing ~$20 per Xbox now being produced.

If they were to drop the price $100 then that would put that at ~$120 per Xbox now being produced. That is around the same at launch which MS is totally prepared for.

Second, the sale of the Xbox units isn't about profit but about getting a fanbase and a unit into someone's hands so they can shell out $50 for a game. That is where their profits come from. Not the hardware. Same is for every other console out there.

Third, Microsoft can afford it.

GRAVEDIGGER
04-23-2002, 07:08 PM
Originally posted by Maximus


Well, sure, dude...the GameCube is great if you like characters that have been overly milked for all their worth. I mean, how ridiculous does this look? See below:

Halo
Halo 2
Super Halo Brothers
Super Halo World
Super Halo 64
Super Smash Halo Melee
Halokart
Halo Golf
Halo Tennis
Paper Halo
Halo's Mansion

:rolleyes:



LOL...nice one Maximus.
And i bet Nintendo would make games like that if they had a title like HALO..lol...they would'nt friggin stop, like they did with Mario.


Untill next time...:mad:

Plewis
04-23-2002, 07:20 PM
id get a gamecube if i had the money... and didnt have to save up for a car:( call me crazy buy i like all the old greats... sure zelda looks kinda:eek: right now... but it will probably still have great gameplay. Id like to get PSO, SSB:M, RL, and FFXI. Maybe a few others i cant think of right now. Conker was cool, and hopefully the new one is good. I just dont see y u guys can admit that the gamecube is a good system. and that is funny max... as it was 3 months ago when you first used it;) But I still love ya man!:D

UnitedKingdom
04-24-2002, 06:54 AM
Originally posted by Gaseoussnake


many Europeans would rather buy the GC

Ha, what country are you from? The only place in europe this would happen is france, and that's because they're all wierd anyway.:eek:

Halo of Flies
04-24-2002, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by UnitedKingdom

Ha, what country are you from? The only place in europe this would happen is france, and that's because they're all wierd anyway.:eek:
I agree. I don't know anyone who is planning on buying a gamecube..