Retail Radar: GameCube price drop on the way?

Marketing materials have been sent to EB Games in preparation for a drop; GameStop details God Hand plot.

Gaming retailers have a long history of inadvertently tipping people off to publishers' plans, and while information from retailers isn't official confirmation of anything (and shouldn't be treated as such), it can give a good heads-up about what's going down in the gaming world.

An EB Games employee today told GameSpot that the company had sent out promotional materials that strongly suggest Nintendo is planning a GameCube price drop next month. The materials, which were sent for use in the company's next marketing period (May 3 to May 23), include GameCube posters with GameCube-branded stickers that read "New Low Price," according to the employee. A specific price was not listed for the machine, which currently retails for $99.99 new, but it featured a blank number template, which employees could fill in should a drop be announced.

Accompanying the materials was a note explaining that the signage was sent so stores would be prepared if a drop was announced. While the note didn't specifically say the company knew an announcement about the price was imminent, the employee told GameSpot that similar materials were sent out in advance of the recent PlayStation 2 price drop from $149 to $129.

Turning to retailer Web sites, there are a few changes worth mentioning. Original Guitar Hero groupies concerned about the prospect of having to shell out $90 for the sequel bundled with another guitar can breathe a little easier, as GameStop has added a listing that will let gamers preorder the sequel and extra guitars separately. The site is currently asking $49.99 for Guitar Hero II on its own and $39.99 for a future shipment of individual guitars.

Meanwhile, God Hand has been dated by GameStop. Previously, the only indication that Capcom's PS2 action game was headed to the US was its appearance on the publisher's lineup of games to be shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Now GameStop is soliciting preorders for the next game from Okami developer Clover Studios, with an October 10 shipping date and the following product description, which sheds new light on God Hand's plot:

The game follows a kind, aimless traveler named Jean who, after attempting to save a girl from some sort of danger, gets his right arm chopped off by a mercenary. Somehow, he comes into posession [sic] of the God Hand, the legendary gold-glowing hand of a great savior from olden times. Now, Jean has the power to save the world, but also has the scum of the land after him. The game is filled with wild combat as Jean uses his newly-earned skills in fighting and leaping, and the power of the glowing God Hand can charge up and give him new skills. The game also includes lots of comical gags for an over-the-top experience of violence and hilarity.

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276 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Ooooooh!! GameCube price drop! Damn, hope I'm not too late to get one!

-KoN-
-KoN-

bulldog7 is right about the gamecube.

rjlutch91
rjlutch91

wtf, why are they dropping the prices when the wii comes out.

skeetoids
skeetoids

This is good for console collectors like me. Now I'll be able to get a brand new minted GC for muchos cheapness. Yipeee!

markbridges
markbridges

Sweet. Maybe People'll pick up the GCN > PS2 and Xbox. But the Nintendo WIi is so close to launch that I don't think Ninty will drop it lower than $99.00.

bobreturns
bobreturns

i love price drops but in the uk you can buy a gamecube for 30 pounds (for some reason i don't have the pound sign on my keyboard)

zero2021
zero2021

ZimpanX instead of calling it the Wii, i call it the WiiD, and also the price drop seems pointless.

rhsu
rhsu

They should have released more games instead of reducing the price. I mean, all the delays with the GC games have caused them to be pushed to the Wii. I bet Mario Galaxy was originally a GC title! Hope the constant delays don't happen to the Wii.

pepechidoone
pepechidoone

i hope nintendo raise up the price when twilight princess comes out, so people who didn't buy a GC now, they will be sorry because they won't play and enjoy it muahahahaha but, i really don't think that happens

JJCNUT
JJCNUT

yo like I think you should like respect nintendo. oh my god. There are many greeat games out for it like um that one game with the character where that one thing happens and it lead s to another thing h come on you know what im talking about . yeah its that game.

mat016
mat016

wow... please nintendo get twilight princess out!!!

Ivix
Ivix

Quoting jstarzyk: I don't need another Gamecube though... Why wouldn't you just wait for the Revolution at this point? I'm pretty sure the price drop is to make people who do not have Gamecube's get one. You're already a customer

JJOR64
JJOR64

For those people who still haven't bought a Gamecube yet, here is your chance.

shoeman12
shoeman12

isn't 100 low enough? are they trying to make it as cheap as gba sp?

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

p.s. wen i said nintendo, i meant gamecube :P and oh yeh, nintendo need to make their console wii with more online capatibility!!

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

p.s. wen i said nintendo, i meant gamecube :P and oh yeh, nintendo need to make their console wii with more online capatibility!!

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

hmmmm it needs more popular games.... thats how ps2 and xbox do it and also they need to do well with wii. if they don't do this, am not sure what will happen....... The first time nintendo came it, out was amazin, it had super smash bro.s an other games, they need to do well!!

Bengameaholic
Bengameaholic

An even further price drop. For some reason I get the feeling that this might also be for a big boost on sales for The Legend Of Zelda : Twilight Princess. Considering I already own a Gamecube then I have been waiting for that game when it was announced last year but a price drop in the Gamecube can do know harm. Why is everybody complaining? It's good with the price of something drops. Usually...

Riot429
Riot429

Does it matter, the gamecube is already cheap.

sHiRoKu
sHiRoKu

I'm gonna have to be honest; the only reason I bought a GC in the first place was to play games like the Resident Evil Remake, the Metroid games, and ZELDA. Actually, if I think back far enough, the only reason I got a N64 was to play Zelda. I guess you could wait for the "Wii" -or whatever the crap it's called- to come out, but what about those who don't have much money, and want something to play RIGHT NOW? Patience is a virtue, but it's not a virtue everyone has, I'm afraid. A price drop, in my opinion, would be a good idea.

edgemtz
edgemtz

Just imagine, $100 will buy you the best console and the best game(RE4).

DeathWClass
DeathWClass

well,a price drop is a good idea.imageine having to pay 79$buck for it! youll have plenty of money to get those nintendo classic and such.

Yan1978
Yan1978

That price drop isn't for any of you guys, its in store eye candy for the regular uninformed crowed, parents who heard their kids bit$h for a gaming system for months but thought it was a waste of money. There are also the collectors who have been waiting for this moment to buy a couple of brand new in-box systems at lower prices and will never open then, so they can feel proud in 20-30 years showing off their MINT vintage video game system IN BOX! There are more of those than you think, and they usually buy 2-3+ systems when they hit 39-49$, but they will look for basic bundles with only a controller and no games, if they change the box or anything, its worthless to them.

Lost_Gemini2000
Lost_Gemini2000

just die gamecube when will u die..... give it another year it will be 25$$ and on clearance lol atleast for the ps2, the price drop actually works

Vexx88
Vexx88

isnt 99$ cheap enough

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Also, I'd like to add, who WOULDN'T want to play Final fantasy 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 on their GameBoy Player with a Hori Digital Controller?! That's like Super NES Nostalgia heaven!!!

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Besides!! Some of us grew up on Sprites... not that any of you younsters care...

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

MadonnaProject: "one look at the graphics and one begins to vomit" That's because the GBA was made to be similar to a portable SUPER NINTENDO!! Duh! I mean COME ON! Even some of the best games nowadays on consoles still use sprites, although with all of the graphic whores around nowadays people would hardly know that.

xlloydx
xlloydx

any way u tink the game cube is more fun than other games XD

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

MrPuzzlez: The REAL question is, in this day and age who would want to play gameboy games to begin with? Ok so given that there are a FEW good gameboy games, but first of all one look at the graphics and one begins to vomit....the same with the ps1, since its making it impossible for me to play ff7 and ff9 on it, because i cannot concieve how and why i could bear them so many years ago.... Plus the gameboy has a good game rate of 1 out of every 200....OK make that 300. 300 games come out for the gba and 1 is actually decent. The gamecube however has a similar stance. Although in this case 300 good games have to come out on OTHER consoles for them to make one decent game for the gc. Im not criticising you for buying a gameboy player....im probably just bitter at myself for having bought HEY YOU PIKACHU for the n64 all those years ago....

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

In my honest opinion, There should be a price drop with the GC AND the GameBoy Player. The GBP is still 50 bucks to this day and will make an excellent bundle with the console. Plus, who DOESN'T want to play all of the Game Boy library on a bigger screen. Also, the GameBoy Player is the only think keeping the Game Cube useful even after the Wii is released.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

"Violence an hilarity" is always a good mix.

D12X007
D12X007

GC needs more games before price is dropped

luis7989_7
luis7989_7

what the hell !! I owned a GC recently, i sold it to buy a PS2, and now i mis the GC`s good games instead of GTA san andrea, there are alot of excellent games such like metroid prime 1 & 2, zelda windwaker & twilight princess, MK : DD!! that is extemely funny, equal to the multiplayer melee, resident evil 4 being the best action game of 2005, and many more. But if you want better to buy a Wii for a couple of dlls. then better for you.

speculative
speculative

Gamecube is the last console that needs a price drop. What are they going to do, give them away for $5.99 with an order of fries at various fast food joints?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

At this point in time, there is really no reason to own a GameCube. The system has been pretty much dormant for a while. Wasn't Paper Mario like the last must-have game for the system? That was a year and a half ago just about.

Gohanmohan
Gohanmohan

Lol...wow price drop. As if anyone will buy the thing. I thought they gave the Gamecube away for free in cereal boxes anyways.

aztinay
aztinay

I think that the drop of the price is an sell strategy, so now the people have the opportunity to buy the game more cheap.

MSE369
MSE369

this is good but thee GC need more games

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

People are saying why drop the price??? Make it cheaper for holiday shoppers looking to buy stuff for the kids cheaper is better in their eyes.

troakun
troakun

"i bet gamecubes will be worth abit in the future though, so might be a good investment" Maybe not the cube but the games should be. The Gamecube's a bit like the Saturn in that it wasn't very popular in America, but has plenty of great games, many of which (Cubivore, Eternal Darkness, etc.) have become quite rare. Regardless of how much it sold, it's a cult-classic console and cult-classic consoles tend to have the most valuable games.

cube-gage
cube-gage

i bet gamecubes will be worth abit in the future though, so might be a good investment

patton101
patton101

they keep making the GC cheaper, but there isnt any games to play for it.

mug3nx
mug3nx

Pikmin 2, Zelda 4 Swords, Starfox Assualt, & Paper Mario 2 are now on the players choice lineup.