News Archives for: March 2003

Shortest Month of the Year Yields More Than Double the Sales of Nintendo GameCube
Posted on March 21, 2003 @ 4:58 PM EST by: Hairball
Sales of Nintendo GameCube™ more than doubled in February (vs. January), due in large part to the success of Nintendo’s special bundle offer. Nintendo GameCube sales skyrocketed 110 percent and the software tie-ratio reached 8.4-to-1 on a year-to-date basis. Game Boy® Advance sold more than one-quarter of a million systems last month and was responsible for one out of every four game system purchases overall. Combining Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo claimed 37 percent of all industry hardware sales and more than one-quarter of all game sales. Here are additional product updates:

  • In Japan, Pokemon® Ruby Edition and Pokemon® Sapphire Edition sold more than 4 million copies in the first six weeks of its launch. Both games launched in the United States on March 17.
  • Not only does Nintendo have a stellar software line-up, but the Game Boy® Advance SP will light up stores on March 23 with its innovative front-lit screen and sleek, compact design, for an estimated retail price of $99.
  • The pre-sell orders for The Legend of Zelda®: The Wind Waker™ game “blew away” expectations - 600,000 units have been pre-sold. The game launches on March 24.
  • The bundle program continues. Consumers who purchase a Nintendo GameCube at participating retailers receive a free copy of Metroid® Prime, Mario Party® 4, Star Fox® Adventures or Capcom’s Resident Evil® Zero.
  • Wario is back, searching for his transformed treasure in Wario World™ on June 23. Practice your swing and tee-up with Mario Golf™ launching on July 28. Both games will be available for Nintendo GameCube for $49.99.
  • Beginning August 25, consumers can test their racing limits as they speed around futuristic tracks in F-Zero® for Nintendo GameCube for a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Find your true love on Game Boy Advance - Hamtaro™: Ham-Ham Heartbreak launches April 7. Other titles coming for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP include: Golden Sun™: The Lost Age available April 14, Wario Ware™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ available May 26, Donkey Kong® Country launching June 9, and Advance Wars™ 2: Black Hole Rising launching June 23. All games will be available for a suggested retail price of $34.99.
  • Donkey Kong 3-e™, Golf-e and Clu Clu Land-e™ will launch on April 21 for a suggested retail price of $4.95, and Animal Crossing-e™ Series 4 will launch on May 12 for a suggested retail price of $3.29. All e-Reader™ cards are playable on the Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP via the e-Reader.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Game Boy Advance SP Hits Stores This Weekend
Posted on March 21, 2003 @ 4:56 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo’s Sleek New Portable Game Boy Shows Us the Light

REDMOND, Wash., March 20, 2003 – The star of portable video gaming just got brighter. On March 23, Nintendo of America releases Game Boy® Advance SP (GBA SP), the redesigned and distinctively stylish successor to the overwhelmingly popular Game Boy® Advance. Nintendo’s latest entry in the Game Boy® line will premiere in platinum and cobalt with an estimated retail price of $99.

Boasting a compact folding design and front-lit screen, the GBA SP plays virtually all existing Game Boy titles anywhere – in the darkest room or brightest sunlight. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, the GBA SP provides nearly 10 hours of lighted game play and takes only three hours to recharge.

“Game Boy Advance has sold more than 12 million units in the United States alone, and it’s clear people want more Game Boy,” says George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America Inc. “Gamers have been clamoring for two things – a built-in lighted screen and rechargeable battery – we gave them what they wanted with the new GBA SP.”

Since its introduction in 1989, Nintendo’s portable Game Boy line has sold more than 143 million Game Boy systems and more than one-half billion games worldwide. The Game Boy Advance was the second best selling video game system in 2002, with a hardware market share of 31 percent.

Nintendo's newest hand-held system dazzled celebrities at a backstage preview in February during the 45th annual Grammy Awards. GBA SP has also created strong consumer demand, selling out in Japan on its Feb. 14 launch day.

Despite its high profile, the GBA SP has not forgotten its roots. New installments of popular game franchises including Golden Sun™: The Lost Age, Advance Wars™ 2: Black Hole Rising and Wario Ware™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ will be released within the next few months. By this summer, the library of Game Boy Advance titles is expected to exceed 350.

Source: Nintendo Press Release