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Nintendo Delays GameCube By Two Weeks, Giving U.S. Launch Lead To Xbox

Nintendo said today it will delay the U.S. launch of the GameCube by two weeks, to November 18, to ensure a smooth rollout.
In the tight launch race between Microsoft's Xbox and the GameCube, the 13-day delay means the Xbox will be the first to hit store shelves by a scant ten days. Nintendo said that the delay will not affect the number of units it thinks it can sell, standing by its projection of 4 million consoles by March 31. George Harrison, NOA's senior VP of marketing and corporate communications, explained to Reuters the reason behind the rescheduling: "We looked at the available quantity that we had, and we felt that it's more important to have sufficient quantity for Thanksgiving weekend and we thought that was a better day to go on sale." Nintendo will debut the GameCube in Japan on September 14, with three launch titles available.

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