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Nintendo remembers its inferiority

  It has been reported that Nintendo has sold between 280,00 and 300,000 units of its next-generation console, GameCube. This figure being about 60-70 percent of its original shipment of 450,000 units, Nintendo still plans to ship additional units to retailers in Japan shortly. With the GC launching on September 14, it included 3 games: Luigi’s Mansion, Super Monkey Ball, and Wave Race: Blue Storm. Although no figures have been given concerning software, only one can imagine the tremendous revenue amounted from the vast selection of titles.

   With the Game Boy Advance reaching 650,000 units in a single day, and the PS2 racking up 980,000 units within its first 24 hours in Japan, it would appear the GameCube has been ignored a bit. But how can this be, you ask. I mean, with Zelda’s incredible new appearance and children’s games being as prevalent as ever, I would think the GC would have sold like fried chicken at a Weight Watchers convention. Who wouldn’t buy this incredible system, with its innovation and appeal? Oh wait…hmmm….well, me for one, and hundreds of thousands of Japanese people as well. Lets just say Nintendo sunk itself before it was even on the shelves. With their controversial showings of non-gameplay footage at SpaceWorld 2000, and terrible decisions concerning some of their top selling games, Zelda and Super Metroid to name a couple at SpaceWorld 2001, Nintendo may have lost all hype they once possessed at E3. Take it from someone with gaming experience, the GameCube lacks innovative games and an ability to statistically separate itself when compared to Sony’s Playstation 2.

   SolidSnake: Testify young brotha’!


9/18/2001 Matt Stensrud

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