News Archives for: February 2003

Nintendo GameCube - The Player's Choice!
Posted on February 11, 2003 @ 4:32 PM EST by: Hairball
Beginning February 9, some of the best video games of the current Nintendo generation will be more affordable than ever. With the purchase of a Nintendo GameCube™ system, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.95, Nintendo of America Inc. is offering consumers their choice of one of the following hit games for free – Metroid® Prime (2002 Game of the Year*), Star Fox® Adventures, Mario Party® 4 or Capcom’s Resident Evil® 0 – at participating retailers.

In addition, the Super Mario™ Sunshine Bundle Pak, which includes a copy of the Super Mario™ Sunshine game, Nintendo GameCube system and Memory Card 59, which was previously $189.95 USD, will be priced at $159.95 USD.

Finally, continuing its prestigious “Player’s Choice” program, the MSRP for Luigi's Mansion™, Pikmin™, Super Smash Bros.® Melee, and other classic Nintendo GameCube titles, originally priced at $49.95 USD, will drop to $29.95 USD.

“These three offers are about giving players what they want – great entertainment at a great value,” says George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America Inc. “For less than $150, players will find a world of quality only available with Nintendo.”

Source: Nintendo Media Site

Shigsy's Had His Fun, Now It's down to Business..
Posted on February 11, 2003 @ 4:01 PM EST by: TW
Super Mario 128, the next Mario game, is coming out in 2003.

Super Mario 128 will not be 100 Marios nor will it be Super Mario Sunshine 2. Miyamoto has admitted Super Mario Sunshine did not present the originality and sense of "newness" most Mario sequels presented. Expect a true Mario game but a definite departure from the Super Mario 64 -- Super Mario Sunshine direct sequelitis.

Further games will be Pikmin 2, coming this year also, and the next Zelda, coming in 2004, which is thought to be not cel-shaded.

Game Boy Advance: 20 Million?
Posted on February 5, 2003 @ 5:42 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo expects to sell 20 million Game Boy Advance units by the end of this year. This number also includes an estimate of 2 million Game Boy Advance SP units, the new frontlit and redesigned version of the GBA, coming out in March.

Originally, Nintendo expected 15 million GBAs to be sold, but this has been increased to 20 million.

Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=3923

Nintendo Executive VP Retires
Posted on February 5, 2003 @ 5:39 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo of America Inc. today announced John Bauer will retire at the end of March from his longtime post as executive vice president.

In early March, James Cannataro will join Nintendo of America Inc. as its new executive vice president. Cannataro, like Bauer, will be responsible for Nintendo’s finance, credit, human resources, information services, and other administrative functions. With an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Cannataro currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Spiegel, Inc. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Eddie Bauer.

“John Bauer has been a tremendous asset to Nintendo, making a substantial impact during his long tenure with us,” says Tatsumi Kimishima, president, Nintendo of America Inc. “We’re very sad to see him leave, and, of course, wish him well in the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Bauer joined Nintendo in 1994 after serving as a managing partner with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), an international accounting firm. In addition to his role at Nintendo, Bauer also has been very active in a number of capacities, including the Seattle Mariners, Junior Achievement, the Boy Scouts of America, Overlake Hospital, and many other community organizations.