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Friday - November 30, 2001
- GameCube Outselling Xbox and Playstation 2
- Monsters, Inc. to Cross $200 Million Mark this Weekend
- Digital Media FX Countdown Ends Monday
- News Link of the Day - Disney Institute Latest Victim of Tourism Slide

GameCube Outselling Xbox and Playstation 2
GameCube Top Holiday Seller
(by Video game consumers are gobbling up the cheaper priced Nintendo GameCube system over both the Xbox and Playstation 2 this holiday season. Sony's decision not to lower the price of the Playstation 2 could be costing it thousands of consumers as GameCube now holds the record for the highest selling first week ever, selling over 500,000 consoles. That's 200,000 more sales than Xbox in its first week, which was limited by Microsoft's production schedule.

Sony easily remains the leader in the console wars, but has taken an unusual strategy of keeping its year old system priced higher than the GameCube and the same price as the brand new Xbox. Sony claims that when GameCube and Xbox run out of consoles, people will snatch up the Playstation 2. The move is a bit odd and shows a lot of confidence on the part of Sony.

"At a suggested retail price of $199.95, consumers can purchase Nintendo GameCube and two games for the same cost as rival, current generation game consoles alone," says Peter Main, executive vice president for sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. "It's like getting two games for free."

Nintendo claims it will have 22 games out for the GameCube by the end of the year.

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Monsters, Inc. to Cross $200 Million Mark This Weekend
(by Monsters, Inc. will pass the $200 million mark this weekend, breaking Shrek's record for an animated movie reaching the $200 million mark the quickest. Only four other animated movies have ever crossed the $200 million mark. Those include Shrek, Toy Story 2, The Lion King, and Aladdin. The Lion King is the only animated film to make more than $300 million at the domestic box office.

As of Wednesday, Monsters, Inc. had made $194.3 million at the box office (track daily box office results for Monsters, Inc. here). In day to day comparisons with Shrek, Monsters, Inc. currently holds a greater than $10 million edge. Shrek has been gaining a lot of ground, however, during the weekday time slots (track the day by day comparison between the two movies here).

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Digital Media FX Countdown Ends Monday
(by The Digital Media FX (dFX) front page countdown will conclude Monday and the secret behind why Monday will be a big day for dFX will be revealed. However, subscribers to the free dFX Animation and Visual Effects Newsletter will be given advanced notice on Sunday night as to the countdown's secret.

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News Link of the Day - Disney Institute Latest Victim of Tourism Slide

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

"...Most of Disney Institute's roughly 800 employees will be transferred to other jobs at various parts of Disney World's hotels and theme parks. Warren said there will be just one layoff, an employee he said has 'special talents.' A former Disney Institute employee said that person was an animation instructor..."

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