NEWS - Monday, November 5, 2001
Now It’s Nintendo’s Turn
Last, but certainly not least, Nintendo’s Gamecube console arrives in stores on Nov. 18, three days after Microsoft’s Xbox and more than a year after Sony’s PlayStation 2. It hasn’t been an easy gestation and birth. The Gamecube’s release date slipped from 2000 to 2001, the Japanese launch was unimpressive and there will be only 700,000 units in stores instead of the 1 million units Nintendo promised by mid-November. That said, the Gamecube has a lot going for it, starting with a launch price that, at $199, is $100 cheaper than Xbox or PS2. Now that Nintendo’s using discs instead of cartridges, its games won’t cost $10 more than those for other consoles, and its tiny three-inch discs are extremely kid-friendly.
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