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Nintendo Shows Franchise Totals, Metroid-Themed GBA 40

Thanks to IGN GameCube for its article noting overall sales totals for Nintendo's most famous franchises, revealed as part of the company's recent financial results. The winner? "Across a total of nineteen titles, the Super Mario Brothers series has managed worldwide sales of 174 million units. This figure works out to 54 million units across nine portable titles and 120 million units across 10 home titles." Additionally, "Pokemon comes in second at 91 million units... [though] the company has chosen to not include sales from the series' console counterparts... Donkey Kong beats out Zelda for third place with 43 million units... Zelda comes in at 42 million units." Elsewhere, Game Science has news of a limited edition Metroid-themed Game Boy Advance SP, with the "two-tone GBA SP body shell, in the colors of Samus' bodysuit" available in Japan via Club Nintendo.
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Nintendo Shows Franchise Totals, Metroid-Themed GBA

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  • by EngineeringMarvel ( 783720 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @09:39AM (#9302593)
    It is no surprise to me that Pokemon came in 2nd since the Japanese really went crazy over just about everything the Pokemon company put out. Not that it did not happen here, just about all the 10 year olds I coach have some toy that is made by Pokemon or one of its spinoffs. I personally thought Zelda would have had higher numbers. The whole Zelda series is the best group of games on the planet. I can still remember the first time I played the original Zelda on NES. I couldn't put that game down. It was the first of its kind and for me, it was the first game I ever played that made me stay up all night. The first of many sleepless nights brought to me by Link & the master sword. If only more game titles now could capture the essence of fun that the Zelda games did. I still find the original NES Zelda title more fun than most games now and that's not even my favorite Zelda game (my favorite is "A Link To the Past" SNES).
  • by shadowcabbit ( 466253 ) <(cx) (at) (> on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:10AM (#9302808) Journal
    I'm going the other route... I'm keeping my GBA SP, and then will use it for trade-in credit when the DS comes out.

    Have fun trading it in for the $20 credit you'll get at that point. The best time to get rid of the GBA is now, while the trade-in prices are relatively high. Dump the store credit on a gift card or something and let it sit until November. I sold mine for cash (minor emergency) but didn't lose a whole lot as I still have the GBA Player for my Cube. Lucky thing, too-- I'd have kicked myself if I'd missed Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
  • by Hott of the World ( 537284 ) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @12:51PM (#9304706) Homepage Journal
    I know I shouldnt, but darnit.

    I just walked into my local Gamestop. Then hit up my local Electronic's Boutique. Both of them had many many Handheld games that are priced from 14.99 up. NEW. Good ones, platformers, sports games, some movie tie-ins (ok, those arent that great)

    Then I go over to the Used bin, and find 50 or so (per store) great titles for the GBA and GB that cost less than 10 bucks a pop. (tons less than 5)

    Heck, if it bothers ya too much, rent them.
  • Re:metroid GBASP (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @02:20PM (#9305923)
    Why does this matter to so many people on here? Who cares if they come out with different colors? You already have one, so unless you're in the habit of collecting one of each color, it doesn't affect you in the least.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @07:37PM (#9310065)
    What "scam?" I never heard anything about the GameBoy Advance line being future compatible with all Nintendo home systems until the end of time.

    All I've ever seen Nintendo advertise is GBA-GCN connectivity. Am I not reading the same excitable fanboy magazines you are or something?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @07:52PM (#9310157)
    I wouldn't say that.

    There were many different bundles of the NES. The earliest bundles didn't come with SMB at all (they came with Duck Hunt & Gyromite), nor did most later bundles.

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