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GBA storms America

Long awaited console impacts heavily on market

Western punters were able to go out and buy the GameBoy Advance for the first time yesterday, as it launched on American soil with 17 impressive launch titles, including Super Mario Advance and F-Zero: Maximum Velocity. More than 60 games are due to be released this year, with the GBA itself retailing for $99.95. New game software will retail for between $29.95 and $39.95. "We expect [the GameBoy Advance] to expand on our dominance in this category with sales of up to one million units in the first three weeks", said Peter Main, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America. No sales data is available from America yet, but punters are said to have been forming orderly queues several blocks long. Related Feature - GBA Emulation, the backlash