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Old 06-07-2002, 19:58   #1 (permalink)
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The second casualty of the console war

Nintendo chief shows new direction for Mario giant as console war starts to bite.

With aging legend Hiroshi Yamauchi finally out of the frame, Nintendo appeared to make a drastic change of tack yesterday, hinting that, like Sega, the future for the company was in games, as opposed to hardware.
Satoru Iwata, the newly instated president of indisputably the most successful company in games, made a not wholly unexpected move last night from a Tokyo meeting by saying that Nintendo "can't be optimistic about the game market," referring to hardware. "No matter what great product you come up with, people get bored. I feel like a chef cooking for a king who's full," he said.

Many senior sources from all territories have been predicting such a move for months. "The way things are shaping up, this is Nintendo's last hardware," said one, referring to GameCube. "Nintendo's all about the games. You have to ask whether or not they actually need an under-the-TV console for the next hardware generation."

While Nintendo's money continues to roll in the corporation currently has 4.96 billion ($7.25 billion) in the bank Iwata made the first indication that the world of the games-only console is finally over, pointing towards entertainment systems for the future in the line of Xbox and PlayStation 2. "We're reaching the limits of how far we can appeal to consumers by boosting the machine's performance or providing more compelling graphics and sound," he said.

The new Nintendo stance will send shockwaves through the company's faithful fans. Mario on Xbox? Zelda on PS2? Or possibly a new Nintendo hardware with multimedia capabilities? You already know the answer...
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Microsoft's console finally stamps some authority on the Far East and Nintendo struggles to convince gamers to part with cash for GameCube

16:33 Looks like a tasty price cut must have appealed to Japanese gamers in a way Microsoft didn't anticipate. New hardware figures from Japan show that for the week ending May 26, Xbox actually outsold GameCube by 2,945 units.
Microsoft managed to push 6,447 consoles into the hands of the Japanese game-playing public, up from a pitiable 834 the week before, while Nintendo sold a piffling 3,502 GameCubes in the same week, down from 5,862 in the previous week.

Although the lead is unlikely to last, Microsoft Japan will obviously be buoyed by the news after a woefully slow start in the region.

While Nintendo and Microsoft duke it out for third place, PS2 looks to be on the slide in Japan, dropping more than 11,400 machines to 55,764.

While PlayStation 2's lead in Japan looks unassailable, the situation in Britain is looking decidedly tenuous for the machine. Sony's console is now selling 11,500 a week with GameCube knocking up its rear with 9,500. Xbox is holding steady with around 6,700 sold per week.
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