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October 11, 2005
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Nintendo of America has announced a special new North American GameCube hardware bundle, featuring microphone-compatible party title Mario Party 7, which also launches as a standalone game for Nintendo's current-gen console in early November. The new hardware package includes a GameCube, two controllers and Mario Party 7 (which includes a packed-in GameCube Mic), all for $99.99. This compares positively to the more than $170 needed to buy the items separately, and shows Nintendo's continued willingness to find new ways to sell the GameCube, despite a distinct slowing of hardware sales and software support. Another recent family-friendly hardware bundle from Nintendo in North America was the basic system in the previously available Platinum color along with a copy of Super Smash Brothers Melee for $99. In addition, the company announced recently a European bundle of a pearl white GameCube and copy of new GameCube title Mario Smash Football (Super Mario Strikers), also to debut in early November. Mario Party 7 itself sports 80 new mini-games, and up to eight players can compete for the first time, including two new playable characters, Dry Bones and the infamously gender-confused Birdo. Nintendo also took the opportunity to reveal that the Mario Party series, which started out on the Nintendo 64, has now sold more than 5 million copies.
About the Author(s)
Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.
He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.
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