Nintendo GameCube

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Nintendo GameCube
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GAMECUBE.
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: JP: September 14, 2001
NA: November 18, 2001
EU: May 3, 2002
AU: May 17, 2002
KOR: December 14, 2002
Predecessor: Nintendo 64
Successor: Wii
Competitors: PlayStation 2
Xbox
Sega Dreamcast
Generation: Sixth generation


The Nintendo GameCube (codenamed Dolphin) is a home gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and competed with against Sony's PlayStation 2, Microsoft's Xbox, and Sega's Dreamcast. It was succeeded by the Wii in 2006 and was discontinued in 2007.

The GameCube was the 2nd strongest console of its generation, behind the Xbox, but ahead of the PlayStation 2.

Why It Rocks

  1. The console supports online gaming for a small number of titles via the broadband or modem adapter.
  2. The Nintendo GameCube introduced the concept of Mini DVDs as primary storage medium instead of regular sized DVD discs. The Mini DVDs were implemented to avoid heavy piracy, from which Sony's PlayStation line suffered.
  3. Comes with four controller ports and many games that support that amount of players.
  4. The mini DVDs made loading screens shorter than average.
  5. A special Game Boy Advance cable can be used to link GameCube and Game Boy Advance to unlock secrets and bonuses on many games for both consoles.
  6. The back of the console has a handle for easy transportation.
  7. The Game Boy Player add-on allows you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. Game Boy Advance Video cartridges are blocked from being compatible with the Game Boy Player which is a shame because the GameCube cannot play CD's or DVD's. According to Nintendo, this was to prevent illegal copying of the video, though it didn't matter given the bad quality of the cartridges. The Game Boy Player also has additional features, the most puzzling one is the timer, it's literally just a normal timer that doesn't affect the games at all. Sadly, Super Game Boy enhancements are not supported on the Game Boy Player.
  8. It uses a 59-block memory card, and memory cards in other sizes were also available.
  9. Many great Nintendo titles were made for the console, such as:
  10. Many Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast games were directly ported to the GameCube.
  11. An original and uncommon design (a cube, hence the name).
  12. The controller was designed to improve the Nintendo 64's qualities and correct the problems it had. It has a very unique button layout which makes it very comfortable and easy to get used to.
  13. The analog stick has been replaced to avoid friction and discomfort that was present on the Nintendo 64's controller.
  14. Over its lifespan, which came to a close in 2007, more than 600 games were released for the GameCube.
  15. The first Nintendo home console to have Sega and their Sonic games. This is notable due to Sega and Nintendo being fierce rivals in the 1990s.
    • Also the first Nintendo console to have Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games.
  16. Despite the low sales and with the release of its successor, the Wii, the GameCube was still in production, games for the system were still being made, and the original Wii models were fully backwards compatible and the GameCube controller could even be used with some Wii games such as Sonic Colors. Although later revisions removed support as a cost-cutting measure. Later, a GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U was later released that would allow compatibility with GameCube controllers for Super Smash Bros for Wii U. The adapter has also been made compatible with most Nintendo Switch games.
  17. It was so durable, that when it was featured on the X-Play segment "Webb of Destruction", it passed every single test!
  18. Many games from the system aged really well and still look great to this day.
  19. Many great third-party titles, such as:
  20. This was the first console to have digital AV output.
    • This allows for more clean HDMI converters than the other 6th gen consoles.
  21. It has great startups, and we mean "startups", not only because of the animation and music, but there are also different variations to these startups, which are: kids laughing and kabuki.

Bad Qualities

  1. The GameCube's discs, due to them being like Mini-DVD's don't hold as much storage as the DVDs used in the PS2 or Xbox, so some games such as Resident Evil 4 had to be split across 2 discs, and others had to have compressed visuals and audio or features cut to fit on them.
    • For example, the GameCube versions of the Prince of Persia games suffer from low audio quality even when modified.
  2. The controller also doesn't have as many buttons as the PS2 or Xbox controllers, and thus some actions in certain games require two buttons to be pressed or are even missing.
    • The GameCube versions of Tony Hawk and SSX are missing tricks from the other versions, as another example.
  3. Despite the effort to reduce piracy with the Mini DVDs, the broadband adapter allowed pirates an easy way to pirate GameCube games. After the release of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, it was discovered that a PC could be made to simulate the conditions of the server the game was connected to, which was used as a method of tunneling the online service. During the simulation, unsigned code would be streamed back to the GameCube, allowing homebrew, and in turn, allowing users to play copied games and allow online gameplay in games that didn't support it.
  4. Due to the Mini-DVD format the GameCube utilized, DVD movies could not be played on it, unlike its competitors, the Xbox and PlayStation 2, though there is a third-party model of the GameCube called the Panasonic Q which was mainly a DVD player with a GameCube attached but was only released in Japan though it could be imported to be region free.
  5. The component cables for the GameCube are really expensive costing over $200.
    • To make matters worse, this was the only official adapter released for the digital AV port.
  6. This console had a later revision which removed digital AV output.
  7. The GameCube's top buttons are known to get stuck with age which is a serious problem since the console will not play games with the eject button pushed down. To clean them, the GameCube case has to be taken off with a special screwdriver since it uses security screws.

Reception

Contemporary reception of the GameCube was generally positive: Some praised the console's extensive software library and high-quality games. Nintendo sold 21.74 million GameCube units worldwide before it was discontinued in 2007.

This console made an appearance in Steven Universe, as well as the Nintendo 64.

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Comments


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CactusDaNn

7 months ago
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I Have A GameCube, I Really Like This Console,

My GameCube Is Silver
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CompactFlash

4 months ago
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I have one too, mine's black.
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ItMeansNothing

one month ago
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Hah, I have a silver one too.
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
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I thought this was the weakest console of it's generation, but now i know that it's the PS2.

Though the PS2 has larger disc size.
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Oh29116user

3 months ago
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The Dreamcast is the weakest console of its generation, Not to mention that the GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use CDs.
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
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Well that’s to be expected because the Dreamcast was made in the 90s, while the PS2 and GamecCube we’re made in the 2000s.
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KalloFox34

2 months ago
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Best startup screen of any console ever.
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YukariWayne

one month ago
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I will remake the Killer7 page
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Poleon

one month ago
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My personal favorite Nintendo Console ever and while it's a shame that the console did not have a big of a support as the PS2 in terms of the number of games but the quality imo more than makes up for it.
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MagicBox886

3 days ago
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Why was Mario Kart: Double Dash!! removed?
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SuperStreetKombat

3 days ago
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Because the reasons in that page were generic and undetailed. Anyone is welcome to recreate the page, but it has to be better written than it was before.
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Danirabbid

2 days ago
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Dragonite is currently recreating the page.

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