Video Games Are Hot!

You might have to wait until 2005 to get your hands on a next-generation video game consoles, but users are still snapping up today's machines. The systems experienced stronger-than-expected sales during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nintendo's recently revived GameCube sold more than 500,000 units during the holiday weekend, which is twice the number the company sold in the entire month of October. In late September, the GameCube saw a price drop from $149 to $99, which helped spark new interest in the console. Sony's dominant PlayStation 2 console sold 1 million units in November, also double the number sold in October. Microsoft didn't release numbers, but the company said the Xbox continues to be in second place and its sales were up 7 percent from the same period last year during the Thanksgiving weekend. The company also saw a 435 percent rise in week-over-week sales of its popular game Halo, after reducing its price from $49.99 to $29.99. We wonder how many Xboxes Microsoft would sell if all games were just $29.99.

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