Nintendo delays GameCube releaseTHE MACHINE, meant to rival Sony Corp.’s PlayStation2, was to go on sale in Japan in July. The company still plans to introduce it in the United States before Christmas.
Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi played down the move, even refusing to acknowledge it as a delay, and was vague when questioned by reporters about the reasons.
He would only say that it would be embarrassing if Nintendo could not keep up a constant flow of shipments. That remark seemed to hint at a possible worry about a parts shortage, which hurt the launch of the PlayStation2.