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Nintendo's US schedule

FFCC slips to February, but there's lots of other stuff on Cube and GBA.

Nintendo of America has issued forth a press release reminding everyone that various games are in fact due out on its flagship GameCube console this year and next. Who would've thought it? Topping the list of important titles are Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (July 28th), F-Zero GX (August 25th), Mario Kart: Double Dash (November 17th) and 1080 Avalanche (December 1st), with Mario Party 5 (November 11th) and Pokémon Channel (also December 1st) making up the ranks.

Sadly though, the most exciting title of the lot for many Cube owners, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, has been confirmed for February 9th, 2004, finally settling the question of whether anybody other than the Japanese gets to play it this year: they don't. As for the UK release, well, March 21st has worked in the past, hasn't it?

On the humble, diminutive and thoroughly small Game Boy Advance, handheld-ers can look forward to Top Gear Rally (October 6th), Super Mario Bros. 3 (October 21st) with matching e-Reader cards, the English language debut of the Fire Emblem RPG series (November 3rd), plumbing RPG Mario & Luigi (November 17th) and Sword of Mana (December 1st).

When do we get this lot? Good question actually. Oi, Nintendo...