Retail briefs: Nintendo GameCube, Hitachi

Retail briefs: Nintendo GameCube, Hitachi

Nintendo launches Gamecube console

Nintendo has released its much-awaited Gamecube console in Japan, one of two upcoming products that threaten to put an end to the domination of Sony Computer Entertainment's (SCEI) PlayStation 2 console. Sales of the new console, which began at a handful of retailers in Tokyo's Akihabara district, were the first of what Nintendo hopes will be around 1.4 million in Japan by the end of the year. Although customers who lined up to buy the machine were pleased to get their hands on one, the excitement did not match that generated at the PlayStation 2 launch. Sony is also perceived to have had the jump on the DVD market with its console.

Retailers ignore global Web opps

Top retailers are failing to exploit the global reach of their Web sites, according to a survey by e-commerce payment provider WorldPay. A fraction of retail Web sites are capable of processing overseas orders because they do not offer multi-currency facilities, the survey of 200 leading retailers found. Sixty-two per cent of bricks-and-mortar retailers ran online stores, while only 19 per cent offered international delivery. A quarter of retailers offered sites in more than one language and 3 per cent offered multi-currency payment facilities. "Retailers are ignoring millions of potential overseas shoppers who buy from the Internet for its convenience," said WorldPay's Adam Kerr.

Hitachi launches 2 budget projectors

Hitachi Australia has announced the availability of two new data projectors designed for the budget-conscious user. Both the CP-S310W and CP-X320W are portable projectors which Hitachi claims boast features normally found on more expensive professional projectors, such as digital keystone correction, picture-in-picture and auto set-up. Hitachi CP-S310W retails for $7995, including GST, while the Hitachi CP-X320W is priced at $8995. Both models are available now in Australia.

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