Nintendo GameCube US Sales Update

by Thomas on Nov. 19, 2003 @ 1:35 a.m. PST

The official numbers are in, and they confirm that Nintendo GameCube is upending the console video game market. The Sept. 25 price drop of Nintendo GameCube to an MSRP of $99.99 continues to have a massive ripple effect throughout the video game industry, according to October's Toy Retail Sales Tracking Service (TRSTS).. More about it below!

The final October hardware market share among consoles was 35 percent for Nintendo GameCube. It grabbed 10 market share points in October, including nine from PlayStation 2 and one from Xbox.

Nintendo sold more than a quarter of a million Nintendo GameCube systems in October, 50 percent higher than any other month in 2003, including September. This one-month number also is considerably more than any month of Microsoft Xbox sales so far this year.

The projected units sold for October are 300,000 for PlayStation 2, 254,000 for Nintendo GameCube and 176,000 for Microsoft Xbox. And momentum is growing: Reports from Nintendo's largest retail clients show that unit sales are actually up so far in November.

When coupled with sales of the Game Boy® Advance line, Nintendo was responsible for more than half of all hardware system sales (51 percent) in the month of October.

Nintendo GameCube software sales are also soaring – games sold were up 62 percent in October from the previous month...and so far in 2003, are exactly double what they were at the same point in 2002.

Nothing compares with the Game Boy Advance.

In October, Nintendo sold more than 400,000 Game Boy Advance systems – more than 100,000 more units than any of the consoles. Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance are the only two systems to show unit sales growth so far in 2003.

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