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Microsoft: No Nintendo, Xbox is More Popular

Seemingly in disagreement with Nintendo's claims of one week ago, Microsoft issued a release late Tuesday citing data from The NPD Group that Xbox, not GameCube, had the best-selling console launch ever. Moreover, Microsoft states that "Halo" for Xbox is outselling "Luigi's Mansion," which Nintendo had crowned the most popular launch title to date. According to NPD, gamers are purchasing 2.4 games per Xbox sold, as opposed to 1.9 with each GameCube.

"Xbox sold out as soon as we launched, and we're selling systems as fast as we can produce them. More than 100,000 units a week are being delivered to retailers," said Microsoft's Chief Xbox Officer Robbie Bach. Similarly, Nintendo has planned for weekly shipments of 125,000 additional GameCubes through the holidays. Both companies expect to ship close to 1.5 million units by the end of the year.

But at this point it may be impossible to deem a clear victor. The reports rely heavily on market data polled from select retailers, not hard numbers. Whatever the final tally may be however, it is clear both Microsoft and Nintendo pulled off record-breaking sales despite a dismal economic forecast. And perhaps most importantly, gamers cannot get enough of either console.



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Weren't these two systems about the same in terms of sales? I just remember not really being excited for either. Coming from a guy who still plays GC games on the Wii and had two GC's. Still I was not that excited about it.



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But in the end, Nintendo managed to make profit; unlike Microsoft, they lost 4 billion with the xbox. Xbox production was ceased after just four years on the market.



Lololol, fun times.



Red4ADevil said:
But in the end, Nintendo managed to make profit; unlike Microsoft, they lost 4 billion with the xbox. Xbox production was ceased after just four years on the market.



Would you have really expected Microsoft to turn a profit with its first-ever console? Knowing the financial challenge of breaking into the console market, taking a loss was required in order to gaina foothold for the successive generation. And look how that turned out. Also, your point about Microsoft ceasing production after four years is also irrelevent; if anything, it's even more impressive that Xbox outsold Gamecube when it had even less time on the market.

That said, I own both consoles and love them both.



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Smack talk: 90's style

Anyways, both consoles deserved more sales!



The truth is that neither of them were that popular.



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Millenium said:
Smack talk: 90's style

Anyways, both consoles deserved more sales!


haha, that's what I was thinking. It seems so quaint looking back.



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I loved the gamecube, remember buying it back in Dec 2001, man was I lucky too, since it was the last one in the stores, and it was a week before christmas XD.



    

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