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More Resi4 ships to retail as Nintendo celebrates Euro success

New stock of Capcom's critically acclaimed GameCube horror title Resident Evil 4 is being shipped to European retailers this week, as Nintendo celebrates first month sales of over 200,000 units across the territory.

New stock of Capcom's critically acclaimed GameCube horror title Resident Evil 4 is being shipped to European retailers this week, as Nintendo celebrates first month sales of over 200,000 units across the territory.

The figure - which includes a UK launch that racked up the best first week sales for a Cube title since Mario Kart Double Dash - compares fairly well with the US launch in January, which saw 300,000 units selling through in the first month.

However, the European shipment of the game fell seriously short of demand, with many retailers selling out of the game in the first week - while fans desperate to get hold of the game resorted to internet forums to discuss which stores still had the title available.

The Capcom-published game, which was distributed in Europe by Nintendo, is exclusive to the GameCube for now - although a PlayStation 2 version is in development, it's still several months away from launch in Japan, and it's been reported that the team responsible is having serious difficulty shoehorning the title's impressive graphics onto Sony's console.

Unsurprisingly, sales of the Cube itself were also lifted by the launch of Resi4 - in fact, Nintendo reports that the system's market share across Europe was doubled last month thanks to the arrival of the title.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.