Gregory Alan Bolcer
Fri, 30 Nov 2001 09:01:40 -0800
Russell Turpin wrote:
> "A FISHING boat deckhand playing a computer game was
> electrocuted when a huge wave smashed through the window
> of the trawler's wheelhouse off the southern Queensland
> coast, according to police.
Blue Storm and Tony Hawk 3 and Super Smash
Brothers Melee are *definitely* on my Christmas list.
GameCube: Fastest Selling Console Ever?
We interview Nintendo of America's Beth Llewelyn for more
insight into the recent GameCube sales.
November 29, 2001
Yesterday Nintendo issued a press release stating that GameCube is
the fastest-selling videogame system ever. However without any
solid sales data and vague numbers we decided to go straight to
Nintendo to see if we could get a clearer picture of sales. Beth
Llewelyn, Director of PR for Nintendo of America, commented on
the situation providing a little more insight into the sales. The
interview is as follows:
IGNcube: Nintendo is reporting that GameCube is the fastest
selling system ever. Under what circumstances? Is that a week
or the launch day?
Beth Lewelyn: "We're looking at it just in that launch period."
IGNcube: Did it sell better than the Sony PlayStation 2 on
Beth Lewelyn: To compare against Sony we're looking at TRST
data and we pretty much looked at [Sony's] first week of sales. So,
compared against that -- 515,000 may have been their shipment
number -- but wasn't, from what we can tell with TRST, their
sell-through number and that's what we're comparing.
IGNcube: So during the first-week you're saying you sold more
GameCubes than PS2 did in that same launch period?
Beth Lewelyn: Yes.
IGNcube: You didn't give out any specific sales numbers,
though. What are we looking at?
Beth Lewelyn: Around 510,000, a little over that, [for the first
IGNcube: Luigi's Mansion, the fastest selling launch title ever.
Is that across all systems and not just Nintendo's?
Beth Lewelyn: We're looking at the numbers and certainly in
recent history it would be across all platforms.
IGNcube: That's also based on TRST data?
Beth Lewelyn: Yes, our numbers comparatively against TRST.
IGNcube: Do you have actual numbers for how many units
Luigi's Mansion sold?
Beth Lewelyn: I don't have the actual numbers, but I know it sold
several hundred thousand.
IGNcube: What about Wave Race: Blue Storm?
Beth Lewelyn: I don't have the numbers, but it ranked third.
[Editor's note: According to Nintendo's recent press release, Star
Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader was ranked second after
It seems that Nintendo is sticking with the declaration "Fastest
Selling Console Ever...in a week." It remains to be seen what kind of
sales the system saw on launch day. Indeed it must be close to Sony's
launch day PS2 sales, but does it eclipse it? Hopefully we'll soon
find out. Nintendo also notes that it doesn't have final sales data for
the launch software just yet, which is why it hasn't released final
What about the Xbox sales, you say? It seems Microsoft is keeping
clear of the public relations war for now. Early world suggests that
Microsoft simply may have not had enough consoles on the market
at launch to compete with Sony's and Nintendo's sales numbers.
However, the console has also seen sell-out sales since release.
Whatever the truth may be, all three next-generation consoles are
well on their way to making large footprints in the next-generation
markets, and the real indicator of success will only be seen in the
years to come.
More as it develops.