News Archives for: April 2003

New Mario Kart: Double Dash News and Screenshots!
Posted on April 23, 2003 @ 7:03 PM EDT by: Hairball
Nintendo has released new screenshots of the new Mario Kart: Double Dash (tentative title) for GameCube. Along with the screenshots, there is also a new E3 2003 site online, with the following info on this game:

The Mushroom Kingdom just got a whole lot more hectic as Mario & Co. double up for furious kart racing!

The latest in the acclaimed Mario Kart series is here, and this time, you won't be racing alone! Each kart holds two racers, so choose from Mario, Luigi, Peach, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Yoshi, Birdo, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Koopa, and Paratroopa and pair them up any way you see fit. The character in front handles the driving duties, while the character in the rear doles out damage with six normal items and eight special items that only specific characters can use. Racers can swap places at any time, so switch it up on the fly to make the best use of your items as you tear around curves and over huge elevation changes.

Links:
http://www.nintendo.com/e32k3/mariokart_feat.html
http://www.planetgamecube.com/media.cfm?action=screens&id=308

Nintendo To Establish New R & D Facility In Tokyo
Posted on April 17, 2003 @ 6:22 PM EDT by: Hairball
Bolstering its commitment to create diverse and innovative video game content for its hardware systems, Nintendo today announced it is expanding internal development resources by establishing a new research and development facility in Tokyo. The new Tokyo facility will develop unique games for Nintendo’s hardware platforms, adding to the depth and breath of Nintendo’s first-party game library. Additional details about the facility, including when it will open, will be announced in the coming months.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Strong Sales Surge for Nintendo
Posted on April 4, 2003 @ 3:51 PM EST by: Hairball
Overwhelming Demand for Zelda, Pokémon and Game Boy Advance SP Driving U.S. Video Games Market

REDMOND, Wash., April 4, 2003 – Riding the crest of three hit product launches, Nintendo of America Inc. currently claims the best selling console game, the best selling portable games, and the best selling hardware system in America. Since coming to market within a week of each other in late March, The Legend of Zelda®: The Wind WakerTM for Nintendo GameCubeTM, Pokémon® Ruby Version and Pokémon® Sapphire Version for Game Boy® Advance, and the new flip-top, front-lit Game Boy® Advance SP portable system have leaped to the top of their respective sales charts.

The new Zelda game set a Nintendo record with more than 600,000 copies pre-sold to consumers before its March 24 launch date, and retailers now are quickly burning through the entire initial North American shipment of 1.1 million games. In the same period, sales rates for Nintendo GameCube hardware have jumped 20 percent.

With more than 4.4 million copies of Pokémon already shipped in Japan, more than 2.2 million games have now moved through to North American retailers, showing conclusively Pokémon is back with an exclamation point. The companion Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire titles have dominated portable software since their launch on March 17.

Finally, 800,000 Game Boy Advance SP units have blown through to North American retail, matching equally raucous receptions in Japan and Europe.

“While no one will know the champion of this season’s college basketball tournament until next week, the winner of this spring’s video game tournament is Nintendo,” says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. “Game Boy Advance SP, Zelda and Pokémon represent a three point play that players and retailers dream about.”

“At what is traditionally a slow time of the year for video games, Nintendo has seized the sales initiative,” says Richard Simone, video game buyer, Toys “R” Us. “With their blockbuster products Game Boy Advance SP, The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon, they're a big part of why video games are one of the truly bright spots at retail.”

As the worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems. The systems include Game Boy®, Nintendo® 64, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.6 billion video games worldwide, creating enduring industry icons such as MarioTM and Donkey Kong® and launching such franchises as ZeldaTM and Pokémon®. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo visit the company’s Web site, www.nintendo.com.