News Archives for: February 2004

Nintendo's Game Boy Advance Hits 20 Million Milestone
Posted on February 14, 2004 @ 12:29 PM EST by: Hairball
Selling an average of one Game Boy® Advance every second around the clock since its launch on June 11, 2001, Nintendo has hit a new record, selling 20 million Game Boy Advance systems in the United States. But just what does 20 million Game Boy Advance units mean?

  • It's enough to give one to every U.S. airline passenger during an average two-week travel period.
  • Stacked on top of each other, they would reach the orbit of the International Space Station – with enough left over to completely cover every football field in the Big Ten.
  • It's enough for every man, woman and child in this week's primary states of Tennessee and Virginia, as well as the entire population of Massachusetts.
  • Made into a pile, they would build a stack more than 55 times taller than Mount Everest.
  • It's enough to give one to every person watching an episode of Friends or CSI.

    With the introduction of a new, limited-edition Game Boy® Advance SP silver-and-black casing, which is available now, and exciting new games like Metroid®: Zero Mission, Mario vs. Donkey Kong™, Mario Golf: Advance Tour™ and Final Fantasy®: Crystal Chronicles, designed for Nintendo GameCube™ but playable using Game Boy Advance, the momentum will continue unabated.

    In 2003, Game Boy Advance was the No. 1 video game system, outselling the nearest console by 2 million units. The Game Boy Advance line got a boost after the March 23, 2003, debut of the stylish, flip-top Game Boy Advance SP. Sales in 2003 were the best in the 14-year history of the Game Boy® series. In the same year, U.S. consumers bought more than twice as many Game Boy Advance units as MP3 players, 8.1 million compared with 3.5 million. Game Boy Advance has now sold more than 50 million units worldwide.

    Source: Nintendo Press Release

    Nintendo Will Stay in Console Business
    Posted on February 10, 2004 @ 10:28 PM EST by: Hairball
    Contrary to what has been reported in one Japanese publication, Nintendo is staying in the console hardware business and still plans to launch our next home console in the same timeframe as our competitors. In addition, we are working on a number of complementary technical advances that we believe may significantly enhance the gaming experience. We also continue to look for exciting ways to extend the value of the Nintendo GameCube, and will share those ideas with you in the coming months.

    Specific details about other accessories or systems and their functionalities haven't yet been made public. However, we will make further information about our next console available in the near future, and we look forward to further demonstrating our record of breakthrough innovation in video game play.

    Source: Nintendo