Nintendo Drops GameCube Price

In its continuing efforts to lure gamers away from Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo is shaving a hundred bucks off the price of its own home game console. Effective tomorrow, Sept. 25, the company lowers the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of its GameCube from $199 to $99.99. While the price of the hardware is falling GameCube’s library is expanding to more than 320 games by the end of the year.

Also in time for the holidays are new titles including Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a GameCube exclusive available Nov. 17. Customers who reserve a copy of will receive a free bonus disc of game footage and gameplay previews. In addition, Nintendo recently expanded its Player’s Choice library, offering discounted prices for a half dozen award-winning games, including Super Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing and Metroid Prime.

Other holiday releases from Nintendo will include Kirby Air Ride (Oct. 13), Mario Party 5 (Nov. 11), 1080 Avalanche (Dec. 1) and Pokémon Channel (Dec.1). The highly anticipated Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and Pokémon Colosseum will follow during the first quarter of 2004.