This holiday season, Nintendo will lower the price of all GameCube titles to $29.99.
Source: The console-war partisans over at N-Philes.
The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."--the same Nintendo of America spokesperson.
What we heard: After speculating how the GameCube will compete with 800-pound gorillas Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Halo 2 this holiday season, the article comes up with a novel approach. It suggests that Nintendo will again undercut its competition, just as it did when it lowered the GameCube to $99 last fall. This time around, it will be the game price point that will go down, dropping to a standard $29.99, versus $49.99 for Xbox and PlayStation 2 titles. As evidence, the author offers up an audit of several unnamed Canadian retailers' databases that list Metroid Prime 2, Star Fox, and Paper Mario 2 for $39.99 Canadian--approximately $29.99 US. While an intriguing theory, it overlooks two things: Firstly, now that Nintendo has discounted the GameCube so heavily, its main source of console income is software--cutting games' prices by $10 or $20 would pinch off much-needed cash flow. Secondly, all major US retailers are offering the aforementioned games for preorder for the full $49.99.
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