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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 14:47 GMT
GameCube for Europe in May
GameCube: Pure gaming console
The much-anticipated games console GameCube will arrive in Europe on 3 May, Nintendo has announced.

Initially more than 500,000 units will be shipped in. The console will cost 150, but will undercut its rivals, Sony's PlayStation 2 (200) and Microsoft's Xbox (300).

Some 20 software titles, including those of third-party suppliers, will go on sale immediately and will rise to almost 50 titles later in the year.

It will be the last of the three games consoles to hit the shops in Europe - PlayStation 2 has been available since November 2000, while the Xbox arrives on 14 March.

Yoshihiro Mori, managing director of Nintendo, said the cheaper price of the GameCube was intentional.

He said: "It is our basic policy to offer our game machines at a reasonable price for our customers even though it will result in a relatively low profit margin."

David Wilson from Sony said the launch was good for the industry as a whole.

He told BBC News Online: "We have had no competition since Dreamcast's demise, so this is healthy for the games industry."

He added that the launch of the Xbox and GameCube would cut out "complacency" in the industry, which would mean better products for customers.

Positive reaction to new gamepad
Nintendo has adopted a different approach to the development of its console to Sony or Microsoft, with the emphasis on gameplay, rather than megabytes and megahertz.

It has developed a new gamepad, which has received a positive reaction from gamers.

It features seven buttons, two analog sticks, a D-pad and a built-in rumble device.

Gamers have the option to use a wireless control pad which means they can play from up to 10 metres away.

Gamers will also be able to connect to Nintendo's hand-held console GameBoy Advance, allowing them to transfer a character from one machine to the other and to continue to play the same game.

Prices for GameBoy Advance are being cut
Prices for GameBoy Advance are being cut
David Gosen, marketing managing director at Nintendo, told the company's website he was confident the GameCube would be a big success.

"The GameCube delivers great gameplay for all players, all ages and all genres - all at a winning price. Without a doubt, 2002 will be the year of the Cube."

Nintendo are also slashing the price of the GameBoy Advance from this Friday, with the average price of the hand-held console cut by 23% to 60.

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