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Games console manufacturers avoid the slowdown

The heavily-hyped new video game consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo have seen an extremely enthusiastic response from consumers in the United States over the last week.

The heavily-hyped new video game consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo has seen an extremely enthusiastic response from consumers in the United States over the last week.

The huge demand, which bucks the current economic slowdown, is being attributed to the fact that nervous Americans are opting to spend more time at home after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

The Xbox and Gamecube consoles have significantly lifted the gloom that has surrounded electronics retailers in the States, which augurs well for similar outlets in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Currently, Nintendo seems to be winning the initial sales battle, where huge initial orders and purchases have forced the company to announce that an extra 200, 000 consoles will be built in time for the end of the year. The announcement boosts total North American shipments for 2001 to 1.3 million from the previously announced 1.1 million.

The move comes in response to overwhelming launch day demand for the Gamecube on Nov. 18, where it instantly became America's fastest-selling new video game hardware system. The system features software not available on any other home system, and a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $200, $100 less than similar consoles.

A dedicated game play system, it delivers new forms of interactive fun for players and offers an easy development environment for game creators. The system's embedded memory, proprietary optical disc and innovative controller were designed to optimize the game play experience.

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