Nintendo announced their plans for 2003 during a press conference yesterday, which also saw the announcement of their premium GBA, the Game Boy Advance SP.

The company say that 2002 saw the Gamecube move to the number 2 spot for consoles across Europe, which was boosted by the sales on the run-up to Christmas.

Gamecube will see it's first online game launching on March 7th 2003, in the form of Sega's Phantasy Star Online - full details of the online play are still to be confirmed by Nintendo.

Over 80 new Gamecube titles are planned for release during the next 12 months, with the highlights being:

  • Super Monkey Ball 2 - February
  • Resident Evil 0 - 7th March
  • Phantasy Star Online - 7th March
  • Metroid Prime - 21st March
  • Skies of Arcadia - Q1
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - 3rd May
  • Wario World - June
  • F-Zero - Q3/Q4
  • Mario Golf - Q3/Q4
  • 1080 Avalanche - Q3/Q4
  • Mario Kart - Q3/Q4
  • Pikmin 2 - 2003

There's also some 60 Game Boy Advance titles are included in the 2003 release schedule, including:
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - 28th March
  • Super Monkey Ball - March
  • Sonic Advance 2 - March
  • Phantasy Star Chronicles - March
  • Kirby - April
  • Wario Ware - May
  • Golden Sun 2 - Q3
  • Advance Wars 2 - Q3
  • Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire - Q3
  • Final Fantasy Tactics - Q4
  • Super Mario Advance 4 - Q4

Game Boy Advance SP

Clearly the headline grabber of the press conference though was the Game Boy Advance SP, which will feature a lit screen which doubles as a flip-down lid, smaller pocket size, and rechargable battery which allows for up to 18 hours play from each charge, along with a stunning stylish design which is bound to appeal to all age groups.

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