The Nintendo GameCube (also called GameCube, NGC, GCN, or GC for short) is the fourth video game home console made by Nintendo. Nintendo's previous console was called the Nintendo 64. Nintendo's next console is called the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006 with models released before November 2011 being backwards compatible with GameCube games. The last game for the console was Madden NFL 08 (also released for the Wii and Nintendo DS), which was released on August 14, 2007. However, first-party development ended six months prior.
|Also known as||Dolphin (code name)|
|Type||Home video game console|
|Operating system||Proprietary Nintendo operating system|
|CPU||32-bit IBM PowerPC 750CXe Gekko @ 485 MHz|
|Removable storage||GameCube memory card (16 MB max. capacity)|
|Graphics||ATI Flipper GPU @ 162 MHz with 3MB embedded 1T-SRAM|
|Sound||Analog stereo (Dolby Pro Logic II)|
|Controller input||GameCube controller, WaveBird, Game Boy Advance, various other input devices|
|Dimensions||150 × 161 × 110 mm|
5.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 in
(width × depth × height)
5 lb. 5 oz.
|Best-selling game||Super Smash Bros. Melee, 7.09 million (as of March 10, 2008[update])|
|Select Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games via Game Boy Player|
The GameCube also had many new features compared to other Nintendo video game consoles, and was the first Nintendo console to officially support Internet play (playing together without wires). It could also connect to the Game Boy Player to allow special features and play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games.
The console was released on September 14, 2001 in Japan, November 18, 2001 in North America, May 3, 2002 in Europe, and May 17, 2002 in Australia. The GameCube sold 21.74 million units worldwide was discontinued in early 2009 to focus production on the Wii and DS.
The GameCube's controllers have two analog joysticks. In many games, one of them is used to control a character, while the other is used to control the camera, or some other secondary function. In addition to the analog sticks and the directional pad (D-pad), there are eight buttons: A, B, Y, X, L, R, Z, and Start.
Nintendo later released a wireless version of the controller, called the WaveBird. Instead of wires, it used RF signals to communicate with the console and was powered by standard AA batteries.
The Nintendo GameCube was known for its popular first games, including:
- Luigi's Mansion
- Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
- Pikmin and Pikmin 2
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Super Mario Sunshine
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, and Mario Party 7
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- Wave Race Blue Storm
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- Requires the use of the Digital AV port, which was removed from later models