Nintendo has revealed its widely anticipated plans to bring online gaming to its GameCube console. The company is to begin selling network adaptors for broadband Internet, as well as dial up connection modems by the fall. It is predicted that these online accessories will retail at around $35. Nintendo’s online accessories are expected to be compatible with most ISP connections.
The first title to be made available for online GameCube play is Sega’s Phantasy Star Online. Two new versions of the game are to be released in the fall to coincide with the release of Nintendo’s online gaming accessories. Nintendo is currently working with a number of games publishers to provide other titles for online gaming.
Nintendo is the last of the major console manufacturers to announce plans to enter the online gaming market. Microsoft will disclose its plans for a paid online service for the Xbox console at next week’s E3 trade show. Sony has already said that it plans to release online accessories for the PlayStation 2 console in the near future.
In other news, Nintendo has revealed that it has sold 400,000 GameCube consoles in Europe since its launch on May 3. Estimates suggest that up to 80% of GameCube stocks in European shops have now been sold. Nintendo plans to restock supplies by shipping a further 500,000 consoles to Europe in the coming seven weeks.