Nintendo Gamecube : A Successful Lifespan

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Even though the Nintendo Gamecube was not selling like the extremely popular Play Station 2, and the questionable design, the console was still popular. Many companies praised Nintendo for what they were trying to do saying that Nintendo was trying something abstract and unique (Kennley, D). The Nintendo Gamecube had a successful lifespan that were building blocks Nintendo still uses today. There were multiple game series that made first time appearances on the console like Pikmin, Luigi’s Mansion, Metroid, and Star Fox Fighter. The Gamecube also built on many titles that were well established titles. These included Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, the Mario Party series, and many others. Sega stopped production of their home video game…show more content…
Microsoft modified their DirectX and made it into the Xbox. Since Microsoft built the Xbox from a computer it was extremely powerful compared to Sony’s Play Station 2, Nintendo’s Gamecube, and Sega 's Dreamcast (Goss, P). Microsoft was concerned if they would get support from 3rd developers because it was the first video game console they produced. It would also be the last console made in North America. The head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, first introduced the console at the Game Developers Conference in 2000 and it was a huge success. Bill went on to tell everyone that the Xbox was not just another console, it was going to be the most powerful console to date (Marshall, R). After Bill announced the new system Microsoft spent $50 million to advertise the new system. Microsoft’s main goal with their expensive marketing campaign was to get consumers exposed to the new system and to new features it would bring to the gaming industry. The Xbox was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Australia and Europe. The console sold decent in North America because it was American maid. When it was released in in Japan and the other countries, the console did not sell as well ( ). The release of the console was not as successful as Microsoft intended and this lead the company to drop the price. On

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