Spring ’07 launch for PAL Revolution

May 27th by Johnny Minkley

Nintendo’s GameCube successor looks certain to be the final major next-generation platform to launch in all territories – with sources close to the Japanese giant suggesting the system will not hit PAL territories until Spring 2007.

And with Nintendo’s new Game Boy Micro set for a global roll-out later this year, retail is anticipating a price cut for SP, as the new handheld comes to market.

With Xbox 360 out later this year and PS3 slated by Sony for a spring ’06 launch, Nintendo refused to be drawn on its own timings during last week’s pre-E3 conference call.

But speaking to MCV after the event, a senior Nintendo source outlined the company’s current thinking. “Revolution will launch towards the end of next year,” the source said. “We’re currently looking at mirroring the DS strategy, so Revolution would release in the US first in November, closely followed by Japan – then we’re looking at March 2007 for PAL territories.”

Meanwhile, while Nintendo also refused to be drawn on pricing for its Game Boy Micro system, retail sources at the show said they had been briefed on what to expect.

“We’ve been told Micro will be priced between SP and DS,” said one leading specialist boss. “We also expect SP to reduce in price to accommodate it.”

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