2002 has been a fantastic year for Nintendo, with Nintendo GameCube coming out of the key Christmas period in the number 2 position for home consoles across Europe.
2003 sees Nintendo shift up a gear with the launch of the latest addition to the Game Boy Advance range, along with a huge raft of software launches - over 80 additional titles for the Nintendo GameCube and over 60 titles for the Game Boy Advance.
For the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo has given the console a completely new sleek design to appeal to the most style conscious consumers of handheld technology. The Game Boy Advance SP, the latest incarnation of the world famous Nintendo Game Boy, is a truly pocket-sized gadget. The console will be available in three premium metallic finishes, silver, black and blue and Nintendo has introduced further innovations to suit its new image, including a flip-top screen with an integrated front screen light, plus a rechargeable lithium battery similar to those found in mobile phones, offering gamers over 10 hours of continuous illuminated game-play. When the front light is turned off, the continual play increases to approximately 18 hours.
All current and future Game Boy Advance games are compatible with the new system, not to mention the swathes of forthcoming new titles. Games hitting the shelves in 2003 include Golden Sun 2, Advance Wars 2, Super Monkey Ball Jnr (Infogrames), Formula One, Need for Speed and Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc (Ubi Soft), all of which will find a perfect home on the Game Boy Advance SP. Game Boy Advance SP will go on sale in Europe on March 28.
2003 also sees a range of awesome software releases for Nintendo GameCube, the first of which is the eagerly awaited Metroid Prime, which arrives in March. Capcom's Resident Evil series continues exclusively on Nintendo GameCube in the all-new Resident Evil 0.
2003 will also see the much anticipated return of Link in the new The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and sports fans are looking forward to the latest in the 1080º Snowboarding series, 1080° Avalanche, the essential adrenalin game, plus two classic racing titles from Nintendo's stable make their debut on Nintendo GameCube - F-Zero and Mario Kart.
Sega continues its support for the console with a selection of top exclusive titles including the first ever online Nintendo GameCube game Phantasy Star Online which launches on March 7.
The cream of next year's releases doesn't end there as Nintendo GameCube blockbusters just keep coming. Already the list includes Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon from Ubi Soft, Def Jam Vendetta from EA and True Crime, Lost Kingdoms II and Shaun Murry's Pro Wakeboarder from Activision. Gamers are also looking forward to Blood Omen 2 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, guaranteed to be hot releases from Eidos along with Enter The Matrix from Infogrames and RTX Red Rock from Lucas Arts.
David Gosen, Managing Director of Nintendo of Europe comments: "Nintendo will continue to be the games industry leader to watch in 2003. The new Game Boy Advance SP brings even more style, not to mention new features, to gaming on the go plus there will be a host of fantastic new software releases supporting the worlds favourite portable games console … and Nintendo GameCube sees over 80 new titles join an already impressive range, with a weighty range of blockbuster and exclusive titles.
We're looking forward to offering gamers of all ages and all tastes the highest quality gaming experience that they've come to demand and expect from Nintendo."
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