Nintendo unveils Gamecube launch

Nintendo unveils Gamecube launch

With less than a month to go before its new game console hits shelves in Japan, Nintendo has unveiled more details about the Gamecube console, its launch plans and the software that will be available to consumers buying the new system. The company holds out big hopes for the success of the console, said Atsushi Asada, executive vice president.

"The console gaming market is still far from healthy," he said. The increasing sales of the last few years have been led by jumps in hardware sales rather than software sales. We hope the Gamecube can break this cycle," he said, before describing his company's new console as a "masterpiece of video game console design".

Nintendo has increased the initial shipment for the US to 700,000. By the end of the year, Nintendo hopes to have shipped 1.4 million consoles in Japan and 1.1 million consoles in the US.

On the software side, three games will be available for the launch in Japan: Luigi's Mansion and Wave Race Blue Storm from Nintendo, and Super Monkey Ball from Sega. Asada also spoke of the need to change game software to give it a wider appeal.

Nintendo has yet to announce a release date for Australia.

Gamecube titles due by the end of the yearPikmin.

Super Smash Brothers DX.

Animal Forest Plus.

Eternal Darkness.

FIFA 2002 Road to World Cup.

SSX Tricky Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II.

Source: Universal Studios Japan

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