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Nintendo Revolution at $367 in mid-June, says retailer
by Marcus Lai

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Amazon.fr, or Amazon.com France, is accepting pre-orders for Nintendo's next-generation console, code-named Revolution. According to the retailer, the Revolution will drop in Europe on June 15, 2006 for EUR 299.99 or $367 U.S.

Nintendo has not yet announced a price or release date for Revolution.

The Amazon.fr listing is the second confirmation of a mid-2006 release date. Previously, memory supplier MoSys revealed in a conference call that the successor to the GameCube would roll out in mid-2006.

The price of 299.99 Euros, however, could be a placeholder. The Revolution is expected to retail for less than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3 in accordance with Nintendo's strategy to create an affordable console using less expensive components.

The Xbox 360 will retail for 299.99 Euros when it drops this holiday in Europe.

The Revolution will include an IBM Power-PC processor, code-named Broadway and an ATI graphics chip, code-named Hollywood. The console will include Wi-Fi out-of-the-box and be able to download classic Nintendo games.

Nintendo sales plummeted 78.5% in the first quarter due to slow sales of the GameCube. The company's handheld division remains strong, with the Nintendo DS reigning as the top console seller for four months straight in Japan.

Nintendo is expected to reveal more information about the Revolution by the end of 2005.

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