Dixons group to drop GameCube?

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  1. Mark Spanner

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    News post at The Register

    Dixons ditches GameCube
    By Tim Richardson
    Posted: 11/03/2003 at 10:33 GMT


    Dixons is ditching the Nintendo GameCube from its stores, according to a leaked memo from PC World seen by the Mirror.

    Said the memo: "Due to the continued poor sales on GameCube we are beginning to take our first steps to clear out the format." The clearing of shelves is being undertaken at all of Dixons' stores, including its other brands PC World and Currys.

    And in a bid to ditch the GameCube pronto, Dixons is cutting the cost of the games console as well.

    However, in a statement just received from Nintendo, the Japanese games specialist insists that its relationship with the high street electrical retailer is still sound.

    Said Nintendo: "Nintendo is continuing to actively trade with Dixons."

    It continued: "Nintendo GameCube is currently available in 4,500 stockists across the UK including Comet, HMV, Toys R Us, GAME, Virgin Megastore, Argos, and Woolworths. The current Nintendo GameCube price promotions are retailer initiatives." ®
     
  2. Mark Spanner

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    Dropping GameCube: Argos' turn?
    By gamesindustry.biz
    Posted: 18/03/2003 at 16:07 GMT


    Nintendo may be facing a fight for its life at UK retail, as the decision by the Dixons group to liquidate GameCube stocks is replicated by another leading retailer - high street and catalogue sales outlet Argos.

    In an effort to clear existing stock of the GameCube, Argos will be cutting the price of the system to an all-time low of £78.99 - over £50 cheaper than Nintendo's SRP for the console, and significantly lower than the £99 price point set by Dixons in its stock clearance effort.

    Like Dixons, Argos claims that it will be reconsidering the future of GameCube after this stock clearance, and will make a decision based on the demand for the console at that time. "Sales have been slow so we wanted to speed these up by selling it at a good price," according to Argos marketing director Paul Geddes. "In terms of what happens after that, we haven't yet taken a decision on the format."

    However, the message here is clear - Nintendo needs to do something drastic to get mainstream retail support back on board, or it faces the collapse of the GameCube as a viable platform in Europe as non-specialist retailers, traditionally a stronghold for Nintendo products, pull the console off their shelves.

    The other concern is that Argos' move will undermine the success of the Metroid Prime console bundle, which launches this Friday at an SRP of £129.99. Given the massive price cut offered by Argos on the console hardware, it will in fact be cheaper to buy a GameCube and a copy of the critically acclaimed game at Argos than it would be to buy Nintendo's official bundle. Oops.
     
  3. paiger

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    Looks like it's game over for gamecube. Shame really as a 3 console battle was good for competition and meant we all got a better deal.

    This may be a tactic by the big stores though to force Nintendo into giving them a bigger mark-up.
     
  4. James45

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    sorry but i wouldn't trust a report that full of holes. these price deals have caused GC to rush past the X-Box in terms of hardware sales (increasing by 26% in the last two weeks), software sales must pick up as a result.
     
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    Argos to retain Cube following massive sales increase
    By gamesindustry.biz
    Posted: 24/03/2003 at 09:09 GMT

    After suggesting that it would follow Dixons Group in dropping the GameCube from its range, UK retailer Argos has seen a surge in interest in the cut-price console and has confirmed that it will continue carrying it.
    The retail chain slashed the price of the console to £78.99 (including a free game and memory card) last week, and the consumer reaction was instant. Sales of GameCube hardware jumped from an average of around 100 units a day to a stunning 5000 units last Saturday.
    "The demand has been unbelievable," according to Argos marketing director Paul Geddes. "We've struggled to keep up and cleared out most of our overstock. It's been an unbelievable increase in demand."
    The increased demand - unbelievable or not - points the way forward for Nintendo in Europe. Consumers are clearly interested in the GameCube, but not at the current price point, which they may consider too expensive for what is widely perceived as a "second console".
    For now, however, Nintendo has Argos back on side just in time for today's crucial Metroid Prime launch, and the retailer says that it has already placed an order for additional hardware and software. It is unknown if this will affect the decision of the Dixons Group to clear its stock of GameCube. ©
     
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    Looks like Argos knows how to sell the Gamecube, even if Nintendo doesn't. :)
     
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    I see that Argos has said it keep on stocking the GameCube as advised in a above reply ,
    But when I went down to my local store and asked about this there reply was
    Will are not getting any more Cubes in :confused: , but then the lady said , you can get any game now with this Offer ! !

    So can any one help in this matter ( What 's the Truth )

    :D
     

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