On Fri, 20 Jun 1997, Larry McVoy wrote:
> Have you forgotten Nintendo 64 sales?
I'm not sure as of what date, probably 3/31/97:
N64 2.6 Million units (US)
Super NES 40 million
Gameboy 45 million
Original NES 62 million
Projected sales for the 12 months starting 4/1/97: 12 million N64
I'd say that if the 64 was extended (with linux) to a set-top-box type
application that this could be more like 18-20 million ($$$). If it's true
that there are about 3 million linux users (estimates taken from the 97
ALE conference) how many of these people do you think would spend $200 for
another xterm? I bet 1 million at least. So that's 19-21 million estimated
sales for the next 12 months alone! With the expandibility of the N64 and
the Linux OS I could see the 64 sky-rocketing past the original NES. I can
just hear it know "But mom, I need a nintendo 64 with linux so I can get
on the schools web page to get homework and stuff finished." Now the
parents don't have anymore excuses not to buy a system for the kid. (Why
do I feel like to tabaco industry now?)
> MIPS Chips == $$$ for SGI. $$$ for SGI is what it is all about, that's what
> feeds the light bills. If making a bunch of hackers happy turns into $$$
> for SGI in the long term, then we do it. At this point, I believe it is
> obvious that that is the case.
Todd M. Shrider Oops, My brain just hit a bad sector!