[25 April 2005] Following hot on the heels of phenomenal reviews and critical acclaim, Resident Evil 4 for the Nintendo GameCube continues to crush all in its wake. The game has sold over 200,000 across Europe within a month of launch and stores across the UK will also be receiving additional stock this week following the phenomenal demand at launch.
Adding to the remarkable Resident Evil successes over the years, which have seen 25 million games sold since its original launch in 1996, the launch of Resident Evil 4 also saw increased Nintendo GameCube sales across Europe, doubling its market share. The UK launch was the best seen on Nintendo GameCube since the release of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
The limited edition Resident Evil 4 bundle also launched on the same day as the game and consists of a Platinum and Black Resident Evil 4 branded Nintendo GameCube, a platinum and black controller featuring the Resident Evil 4 logo, a copy of the game and a special bonus disc featuring making of footage of Resident Evil 4, plus game movies of Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis; Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 4 and a playable demo of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Heralded as the creator of the survival horror genre, Resident Evil 4 takes things a step further by not only revolutionising the series, but by re-inventing the action game genre. Taking place years after the T-virus outbreak, the storyline and gameplay structure have dramatically changed to allow more emphasis on action. Players move through the game as Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy who is on a top secret mission. His investigation into the abduction of the President's daughter has led him to a mysterious location in Europe. As Leon encounters all new unimaginable horrors, he must find out who or what is behind this new nightmare.
Resident Evil 4's rave reviews in the UK included:
- CUBE (Issue 41): "(The game) is incredible. We went in thinking we knew everything and came out a quivering wreck. Everyone needs to pay attention to this game."
- NGC (Dec 04): "Resident Evil 4 is an absolutely blinding game. No. Blinding doesn't do it justice - it's a phenomenal game."
Resident Evil 4 launched in the UK at an estimated price of around £40. The Resident Evil 4 bundle retails at an estimated price of £90.
The publisher of Resident Evil 4 is Capcom, and Nintendo is the distributor of this game throughout Europe.
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