News Archives for: December 2002

Free SSB Melee CD with Nintendo Power
Posted on December 25, 2002 @ 1:54 AM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo Power's special January 2003 issue for subscribers has some nice free goodies. A Super Smash Bros. Melee Live Orchestra soundtrack is included absolutely free. Nintendo must sure be in the Christmas spirit. It seems as though this is an exact version from Japan, even the CD-Text is in Japanese.

Unfortunately, this free CD cannot be found on newsstands. (or so they say?) So the best thing to do is to "borrow" it off a friend who gets Nintendo Power...

Source: Nintendo Power

GameCube outselling Xbox...According to Nintendo
Posted on December 20, 2002 @ 8:55 PM EST by: Hairball
The first returns are in on holiday video game shopping...and the little elf called momentum has curled up right next to Nintendo. So, while our competitors pass along their side of the story, we thought you would appreciate hearing how the month of November really shook out…

  • The November NPD report of sales data from American retailers shows that Nintendo GameCube jumped more than three full percentage points in next generation console share...while Playstation 2 increased two percentage points...all at the expense of Microsoft’s Xbox...which lost five points of the market.
  • Unit sales of Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox were dead even in November (468,000 units each) – despite Microsoft giving away two free games with their hardware.
  • Nintendo GameCube also showed the biggest jump in software sales, climbing more than 150% over October totals...compared to 97% for the Xbox and 48% for PS2.
  • With the smash entry of Metroid Prime, Nintendo GameCube is on track to have four new titles this year eclipse one half-million unit sales, while no new Xbox title has yet to reach that mark Both Metroid Prime for GCN (#2) and Metroid Fusion for GBA (#10) appeared among the top ten sellers for all game sales in November.
  • With sell through of 1.3 million units, Game Boy Advance was as popular in November as Playstation 2. Game Boy represents 33% of the total hardware market.
  • Nintendo held 46% of the total hardware share for the month of November, an increase of 11% over October. Sony held 42% (-6%) while Microsoft held only 12% (-5%).

GameCube Game Boy Player Pictures
Posted on December 13, 2002 @ 11:29 PM EST by: Hairball
Announced last month, the GameCube Game Boy Player will allow you to play Game Boy games on your GameCube, with a one-inch add-on to the bottom of your GameCube. The games can be controlled using the GameCube controller, or a connected Game Boy Advance.

The Player supports all released Game Boy games, not just Game Boy Advance games. It is scheduled to be released in North America in May 2003. Expected release date in Japan is March 2003.

PlanetGameCube has posted hardware closeups of the new add-on, they can be accessed here: