Nintendo, recognizing the situation Sony found itself in during the holiday season last year, announced today that the Japanese release of its much-anticipated next-generation GameCube system will be delayed about two months, finding a new release date of September 14, 2001. Though specific information about the delay was not announced, Nintendo's official statement revealed that "the Japanese launch date has been rescheduled to September to ensure that the GameCube will launch with sufficient quantities of both hardware and great software." The North American release date was moved to November to compensate for the adjusted Japanese date, a delay of less than a month.
Nintendo assured consumers that over six hundred development kits have been given to outside developers, many of which will have software to show at this year's E3 in May. The pricing of the system will be formally announced at about that time, on May 24. Though a strong RPG presence has not yet been announced on the system, Retro Studios is currently working on an RPG for the system and footage of a new Zelda game has been announced as well.