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Nintendo: "GameCube is Fastest-Selling Video Game Console Ever"

"Ignoring strong economic headwinds, Nintendo GameCube has soared to record retail heights, becoming the fastest-selling home video game console of this generation," reports Nintendo's press release. During the first week of GameCube's availability in North America, over 500,000 systems were sold to consumers - at a rate nearly twice that of Microsoft's Xbox and at least 25% faster than Sony's PS2 launch.

$100 million worth of GameCubes and related Nintendo merchandise was sold on the first day of sales alone. The company boasted that weekend revenues surpassed that of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone which grossed $93.5 million.

Further breaking records, Luigi's Mansion has "quickly become the most popular console launch game ever, with sales rates even eclipsing those of the unanimously acclaimed Super Mario 64, which launched with the Nintendo 64 console in 1996."

"To have outpaced any other video game console launch ever would be notable in its own right," says Peter Main, executive vice president for sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. "But to accomplish this under the current economic conditions is truly remarkable. There is a seemingly endless appetite for high quality, stay-at-home entertainment at an affordable price."

Of initial North American shipments of some 740,000 hardware units, approximately 100,000 systems went to Canada and Latin America and another 75,000 to U.S. rental and other distribution channels. Of the approximately 80 percent destined for U.S. retail locations, virtually all are now sold out. However, the first of weekly replenishments of approximately 125,000 units are already arriving at stores.

With Luigi's Mansion and Lucas Arts' Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader leading the way, consumers are buying about two games for every GameCube purchased. In addition, two of the industry's most anticipated titles for the holidays, Nintendo exclusives Pikmin and Super Smash Bros. Melee, will be introduced next week. In all, a total of 22 GameCube titles will be available by year-end, growing to some 35 by the end of March. is an independent site and is in no way associated with Nintendo Co. Ltd. or NOA
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