Nintendo GameCube claims second place in Europe

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (11/18/2003) - Nintendo Co. Ltd. has claimed that its GameCube console has 25 percent of the market share in Europe, putting the console ahead of the Xbox in the region.

With a new GameCube bundle that includes Zelda Collector's Edition and Mario Kart: Double Dash! launching this Friday for £99 (US$168), this puts the console in an even more solid position against the Xbox.

While Nintendo has been openly touting its edge over the Xbox, the latest figures from Chart-Track show that the GameCube is outsold by the Xbox 2.5 to one and the PS2 by 7.5 to one. These same figures also showed that GameCube sales dropped 15 percent while Xbox sales increased 3 percent, putting Nintendo's console behind PS2 sales by a three to one ratio.

In contrast to Nintendo's reports on GameCube sales, Microsoft has been largely silent about the European success of the Xbox console, perhaps because they want to portray the PS2 as the only real contender, or because they're saving their marketing blitz for a later time.

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