News Archives for: January 2002

Australian GCN Launch Details
Posted on January 29, 2002 @ 11:55 AM EST by: Hairball
The Nintendo GameCube will be launching in Australia on May 17, 2 weeks after the European launch. There will also be 20 launch games, and a choice between Indigo and Black GameCubes. The system should go around $399 Australian (about $205 US), and there will be a supply of 50,000 systems.

Link: http://nintendo.cloudchaser.com/news/index.php?view=446

The Advanced Mario Linkage
Posted on January 28, 2002 @ 8:15 PM EST by: Hairball
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and the original Super Mario Advance will be able to link up in multiplayer, since both of these games contain the original Mario Bros. arcade game.

This seems like just another "extra", as the new Super Mario World supports a single-pak game link anyway, but multi-pak link has a few more modes compared to the single-pak mode.

Link: http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=2562

Game Boy Advance Global Price Drop
Posted on January 28, 2002 @ 5:33 PM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo has officially announced a global price drop for the Game Boy Advance. Starting on February 1, 2002 in the U.S., the new suggested retail price for the GBA is US$79.95, representing a 20-percent decrease. This simultaneous global price drop is the result of production efficiencies and decreased component costs.

In Canada, the new suggested retail price is C$109.95 (also starting February 1), also a 20 per cent decrease in price.

This is good news for those who haven't purchased a Game Boy Advance yet, it might be a good time to pick one up, with games like Super Mario World and Sonic Advance coming out.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

European GameCube Launch Date LEAKED!
Posted on January 27, 2002 @ 11:09 AM EST by: Hairball
Nintendo of Europe originally scheduled the annoucement to be on Monday, but last Friday, the webcast was leaked on their GameCube website.

This confirmed that the GameCube will be launching in Europe on May 3, 2002, with at least 20 games. The price for the GameCube will be 150 British Pounds/249 euros ($215 US).

Link: http://www.cube-europe.com/fullnews.cgi?newsid1012042129,42065,

Mario Sunshine will arrive in 2002
Posted on January 12, 2002 @ 1:28 PM EST by: Hairball
In a recent press release, Nintendo has stated the following:

NINTENDO GAMECUBE titles coming this year include Star Fox(R) Adventures, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem(TM), Zelda(TM), Metroid Prime(TM), Mario(TM) Sunshine, and many more. Nintendo's list of third-party titles is rapidly growing and should bring the total library to more than 70 titles by year end.

Basically what this means is, that the long-awaited Mario Sunshine game for the GameCube will be coming out in 2002, and this press release confirms the game. No release date or game details were announced.

Source: Nintendo

Mario and Zelda Playable at E3?
Posted on January 5, 2002 @ 5:05 PM EST by: Hairball
There are reports from Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of game series such as Mario and Zelda will have the new Mario and Zelda GameCube games in playable form in this year's E3 show.

Mr. Miyamoto also said that he expects the GameCube to be around for 7-8 years, most consoles last around 5 years.

Link: http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=2480