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Nintendo Increases GAMECUBE Units, Delays Ship Date

By Denise Harrison
Nintendo of America announced it will increase U.S. shipments of its innovative NINTENDO GAMECUBE home video game console to 700,000 systems, but will deliver them November 18th, two weeks later than planned. This means Microsoft's Xbox will hit the shelves before GAMECUBE, with a ship date of November 8. Roughly 17 titles will be available for both Xbox and GAMECUBE by year end. Nintendo says by year end, they'll have shipped 1.1 units to North America.

In addition, Nintendo announced a link between NINTENDO GAMECUBE and Game Boy Advance. Players can transfer a character trained on NINTENDO GAMECUBE to Game Boy Advance to continue game play while away from home, or transport characters or items via Game Boy Advance for trading with other players.

"Our industry has learned the dangers of arriving at a launch party without enough gifts," explains Peter Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "By increasing our day one shipments to almost three-quarters of a million, we not only should come close to meeting total demand at launch, but also assure a virtually uninterrupted restocking through the holiday season."

Nintendo says the company is still on track to launch in Japan on September 14, 2001, and in Europe in early 2002.

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