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| Sega's Dreamcast Game Machine Enjoys Brisk Sales
December 2, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. on Nov. 27 launched
its Dreamcast video game machine, and it sold out quickly in many shops
on the first day of retail sales.
|Some customers even waited in lines in front of stores from the night
before to purchase the video game machine as early as possible. Popular
shops sold all of their Dreamcast machines within 30 minutes.
In October, Sega was forced to reduce the number in the first shipment
of Dreamcast machines due to a shortage of graphics chips for the machine.
Most stores had to stop receiving advance orders.
"Some customers are determined to buy only the machine for the time being,
because they are probably worried that machines might be out of stock
by the time the software comes out," said Toshiyuki Fukuda, manager
of Laox the Computer Game Kan, a major video game shop in Tokyo's Akihabara
According to Sega, it will continue shipping Dreamcast machines, but
it is not releasing information on the number of units shipped. Shops
may not be able to secure as many of the machines as they wish.
Officials at the Laox store do not know the details of future shipment
"We will notify customers when their machines will be available at the
time when shipment is confirmed, and we suggest that customers check
with us frequently," Fukuda said.
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(BizTech News Dept.)
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