XBOX OVERTAKES GAMECUBE IN UK!
Following a dramatic surge in sales, Xbox now claims a larger installed user base than Nintendo's hardware, racing into second place in the console race
18:17 After nearly seven months at retail, Microsoft's Xbox console has finally muscled its way into the number two spot in the UK, boasting a larger installed user base than GameCube.
Despite releasing almost two months ahead of GameCube, Xbox had a slow start in the UK and Europe, with brand loyalty allowing Nintendo's console to hit the ground running.
But with the vital Christmas period approaching, Xbox has confounded expectations by pulling well clear of GameCube in weekly sales, while edging past Nintendo's machine in the all-important yearly totals.
UK figures for the week ending November 2, compiled by ChartTrack, show Xbox shifting an impressive 10,371 units, marking a rise of 42 percent on the previous week's sales, with GameCube tailing on 6,657 units - an increase of 15 percent.
The cumulative totals for 2002 make even more interesting reading, with GameCube on 230,876 since launch, and Microsoft just ahead on 233,503. But on the back of a successful new Xbox bundle, this trend seems unlikely to change, with the gap expected to widen in the run up to Christmas.
Microsoft is understandably delighted by the results, a spokesperson telling us: "We are really pleased with the positive momentum we have going into the Christmas period and are delighted that more and more gamers are experiencing the superior gaming offered by Xbox."
But this will make sobering reading for Nintendo, now faced with a much bleaker Christmas than it surely would have anticipated.
Super Mario Sunshine, despite big early sales, has simply not shifted GC units in the numbers Nintendo anticipated. Furthermore, it's no secret in development circles that bringing a title exclusively onto GameCube is a less profitable exercise that it is for PS2 and Xbox.
How Nintendo will respond to the new figures is unclear. A spokesperson for the company was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.
The ChartTrack figures as a whole, however, represent a positive overall sales rise in the run up to Christmas, with PS2 in an unassailable position, shifting a massive 39,719 units last week, up 35 percent, and GBA clearing 13,693 units - a weekly increase of 26 percent.
The fight for second place is well and truly on and Xbox is winning. We'll keep you updated on all developments.
Hehe, no accounting for gaming taste.
Of course this pales into comparision with the Japanese markets
System Oct 7 - Oct 13 Total Sales in 2002
GameBoy Advance 38,252 1,946,902
PlayStation 233,271 2,974,179
GameCube 11,509 691,648
Xbox 2,973 283,936
Swan Crystal 1,705 96,654
PSone 1,468 211,480
GameBoy Color 663 95,404
WonderSwan Color 648 92,292
Looks like it should be an interesting christmas, Nintendo are shooting themselves in the foot with the constant delay in Europe over consoles and games. PS2 and X-Box do not face such huge delays, however all of Nintendos big games take years to come out over here.