You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Nintendo delays GameCube bow

Cyberbiz Brief

Nintendo said Thursday that it plans to delay the launch of its next-generation vidgame console GameCube in order to meet consumer demand and avoid errors made by Sony when it launched PlayStation 2 last year.

But the move to bow GameCube on Nov. 18, now means that Nintendo loses the chance to beat Microsoft’s new Xbox console to store shelves by two weeks. Xbox bows Nov. 8, although rumors have recently hit the industry speculating that Microsoft may have to delay the launch.

“The change really was to make sure we avoided somebody else’s misstep,” said Peter Main, vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America. “We’re noting the misfire that occurred one year ago when somebody came to market with 400,000 units. The launch date was entirely a discretionary call. It just makes sense to make sure this is the most successful launch we’ve ever had.”

Nintendo now plans to have 700,000 GameCubes ready to sell in North America, 200,000 more than it had originally planned. Plans for a Sept. 14 Japanese launch with 500,000 units remain unchanged, as does Nintendo’s schedule to have 4 million units in America by the end of March 2002.

At $199, the GameCube will be $100 less than its two competitors. It will also connect to Nintendo’s market-leading GameBoy portable game player.

Separately, Nintendo also said Thursday that computing giant IBM will power GameCube with its PowerPC processor, meaning that each device will sport the IBM logo and help boost its image as a supplier of technology components. Its PowerPC chips run devices ranging from television set-top boxes to mobile phones.

And while Microsoft and Sony are touting the online capabilities of their consoles, Nintendo said GameCube titles will support online play when consumer demand warrants it.

More Digital

  • Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese

    Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese Video Platform Bilibili

    Alibaba has purchased an 8% stake in the Chinese online video platform Bilibili, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Bilibili is one of China’s top video streaming and entertainment platforms, with about 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page-views per day. Founded in 2009, it was listed on the NASDAQ last March. Alibaba’s [...]

  • Clevver-Logo

    Hearst Magazines Buys Clevver's Pop-Culture YouTube Channels After Defy's Demise

    Hearst Magazines has snapped up Clevver, a network of female-skewing lifestyle and pop-culture news YouTube channels that had been owned by now-defunct Defy Media. Clevver was left homeless after Defy’s sudden shutdown in November; its principals said at the time they were looking for a new home. Hearst Magazines sees a digital fit with Clevver’s [...]

  • "Brother" -- Episode 201-- Pictured (l-r):

    CBS Interactive's Marc DeBevoise on Streaming Boom, Content Strategy, and Apple

    Not everyone wants or needs to be Netflix to succeed in the streaming space. And not everyone sees Apple’s enigmatic new service as a threat. Even as rival streaming services offer gobs of content, CBS Interactive’s president and COO Marc DeBevoise sees the company’s targeted original programming strategy continuing to attract viewers to its All [...]

  • Rhett-Link-Good-Mythical-Morning

    Rhett & Link's Mythical Entertainment in Talks to Acquire Smosh (EXCLUSIVE)

    Smosh, the YouTube comedy brand left stranded after parent company Defy Media went belly-up, may be about to get a new business partner. Mythical Entertainment, the entertainment company founded by top YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, has been in talks about acquiring the Smosh brand, sources told Variety. Multiple potential buyers came forward to [...]

  • Pokemon Go

    Proposed 'Pokémon Go' Lawsuit Settlement May Remove Poké Stops, Gyms

    A proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic could remove or change a number of Poké Stops and Gyms in the popular augmented reality game. The proposed settlement was filed in a California court on Thursday and applies to anyone in the U.S. who owns or leases property within 100 meters [...]

  • Skyline of Doha at night with

    Qatar's beIN Rallies Support From U.S. Companies Against Pirate Broadcaster beoutQ

    Qatari powerhouse beIN Media Group has rallied support from American sports and entertainment entities, including Discovery and Fox, behind its request that the U.S. government place Saudi Arabia on its watch list of top intellectual property offenders. The Doha-based broadcaster, a state-owned spinoff of Al Jazeera news network, accuses the Saudi government of harboring pirate broadcaster [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content