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Nintendo GameCube Console (Jet Black)

Platform : GameCube
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The GameCube is the first Nintendo video game system to use a disc-based medium rather than cartridges for its games. Moving the software to disc media generally means lower development costs for the publishers, which, in turn, trickles down to the consumer not only in price, but also in availability and quality, as it's then easier to try out untested game ideas (Pikmin). While most other systems likewise have their games stored on discs, the GameCube's 3-inch format is smaller than everyone else's, and is so designed to fit in a shirt pocket as much as to deter would-be software pirates.

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Though it looks like a toy, don't be fooled: the Nintendo GameCube is a powerful video game console that rightly deserves its place among the other next-generation game systems. In fact, its playful, appealing design and small size (the unit is a not-quite-cubed 6 inches) aren't the only features that set it apart from the others.

For starters, Nintendo has quite clearly made this a game-only machine. It doesn't try to play your CD collection, run your movies, read your e-mail, or store your MP3 files. The company has concentrated its efforts on games. All the prelaunch titles we've seen play smoothly, with bright, fast graphics and great sound. Nintendo says its engineers have removed traditional bottlenecks that have, in the past, slowed down processing. New components designed by IBM and MoSys, as well as a large-capacity secondary memory cache, keep instructions moving through the system's microprocessor (MPU) at peak levels. In English: the GameCube is optimized to push speed up while pushing costs down; hence its position at the lower end of the price spectrum.

The GameCube is the first Nintendo video game system to use a disc-based medium rather than cartridges for its games. Moving the software to disc media generally means lower development costs for the publishers, which, in turn, trickles down to the consumer not only in price, but also in availability and quality, as it's then easier to try out untested game ideas (Pikmin, anyone?). While most other systems likewise have their games stored on discs, the GameCube's 3-inch format is smaller than everyone else's, and is so designed to fit in a shirt pocket as much as to deter would-be software pirates.

Of course, the main advantage of the GameCube is that it's the home field of one of the world's premier game designers: Nintendo. While powerhouses Electronic Arts and Sega make games for all systems (including this one), you can play Nintendo games only on a Nintendo system. And Nintendo, you might recall, has been hitting them out of the park since it started with Donkey Kong. In fact, here's a roll call of characters and series you won't find on the other consoles: Mario, Legend of Zelda, Perfect Dark, Metroid, Kirby, and, of course, Pokémon. A few names that the GameCube will share with the other guys: Madden, Tony Hawk, Sonic, Batman, and Star Wars.

The system also comes with four built-in controller ports, so you can easily plug in extra controllers and let friends join in for the multiplayer games--it's even got a built-in handle so you can easily move it to a friend's house. It comes with two memory card slots for saving your progress through games, and there's the capacity for future expansion into the world of online gaming.

In short, the GameCube isn't an all-in-one entertainment system, and neither is it the most powerful of the modern video game consoles. But for video game enthusiasts who want to stick with their favorite characters, its value cannot be beat. --Porter B. Hall

Unit Specifications

  • MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC Gekko
  • Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo Flipper
  • Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
  • Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
  • Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
  • Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
  • Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
  • Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
  • System Memory: 40 MB
  • Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
  • Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
  • Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
  • Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
  • Controller Ports: Four
  • Memory Card Slots: Two
  • Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
  • Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)


Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005QEFD
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.8 x 9.8 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Media: Electronics
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on January 28, 2003
Well, I am a self-proclaimed Nintendo fanatic, but how can anyone pass up on such a cool videogame system? There are tons of games to attract a multitude of gaming tastes. Everything from simple games for kids to role playing games, action adventure, sports and first person shooters. Add into that mix the unsurpassed franchises Nintendo supports that rarely fail to rock the videogaming industry to it's foundation and you've got the hardware that's designed from the ground up to take you into the next level of gaming.
But Nintendo doesn't stop there. With this gaming machine you can add adapters for online play (broadband or dial up) and connect your Game Boy Advance (GBA) to it for trading gaming information between the two devices, opening up hidden ares and expanding your gaming experience. Soon, you'll even be able to play your GBA games on your TV through your GameCube with the Game Boy Player!
The Nintendo GameCube is quite simply a gaming powerhouse! Expanding our ideas of what videogames can do and where they can take us. Join the fun! Don't miss the ride of a lifetime!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Smith on November 26, 2002
I must say after reading many of these reviews it amazes me how many people bicker and fight over which is system is better when it simply boils down to personal preference. I currenlty own a dreamcast, N64, and a gamecube, and I still play all three regularly. The Gamecube is not much difference graphic wise when it comes to the Xbox, or PS2. However, I seen all this hipe on how the Xbox is so much better because its faster, faster yes this is true, but its not the speed of the processor in the console that makes it better its how efficeint all of the components commuicate and work together. For example you could have a Pentimun 4 2.0 GHZ, with 512 MB of RAM and the best video card out that there, but if you using a [bad] motherboard your not going to get anywhere near your PC's full potential.
Anyway....This is my recommendation if you already own a PC buy a gamecube (don't get me wrong the Xbox is any excellent system I've played it and found it to be a very nice system but as i said before it simply comes down to what you prefer as a gamer),now your probably wondering why I'm leaning toward the GC. Well for starters the gamecube is cheaper, its got some excellent titles such as metriod prime, mario, resident evil series, eternal darkness, etc., and like I said before if you already own a PC most of the games that come out for the Xbox are either ever already out for the Gamecube or PC or on their way to a store near you such as HALO for the PC which is due out June 14, 2003. I hope this may help some weary buyers trying to decide which system to buy. Happy gaming!...
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By comebackking1 on November 20, 2004
"PS2 is the best!" "Gamecube sucks!" "XBox rules!" If you've read the reviews for any of these three systems, it's the same thing over and over. Let me ask a question. How many of you have actually played/owned a Gamecube and did NOT like it? My guess is not many. Don't get me wrong Playstation 2 and XBox are both wonderful systems and are worth purchasing. If you only have money for one however, I would choose the Gamecube, and here's why:

Let me first start by saying it IS the cheapest of the three systems, but that doesn't mean it sacrifices anything in quality. What it means is that it can't play DVD's, doesn't have a hard drive, and cannot basically run your life for you! What it is a compact, diverse, and just plain fun system!

The graphics are wonderful. (and only cartoony in cartoon-like games) They are better than PS2 (not bad but this is better) and fall just a hair short of the XBox.

Loading times are basically nonexistent on all but just a few games and those load very quickly. That is a huge advantage over their two competitors.

I feel that they have the most diverse selection of games out of the 3 systems. They have Zelda, Mario, and Metroid Prime 1&2 to name a few, but they also have excellent third party games such as Madden, NBA Live, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, WWE: Day of Reckoning, and countless others. For you mature gamers you have Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, etc. So everyone get this myth out of your head, THIS IS NOT A KID'S SYSTEM! Sure it has games tailored to kids but it has plenty to keep older gamers coming back for more.

I think the Gamecube controller is excellent. It is a bit different but you will find that the button scheme works well on all but just a couple of games.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Warren on July 12, 2004
The GameCube is a system above all systems. I love mine, and it is my favorite.
-PROS-
-Small, portable, comes in different colors. I have played it on my friends huge projector, and it hooks up easy and looks great. Okay, okay, different colors aren't great, but it is pretty snazzy.
-Very fast loading times. TAKE THAT Sony and Microsoft!!
-EXCELLENT first party support. Nintendo has Mario Kart: Double-Dash, an awesome game, all sorts of other titles.
-Many original games that none others have. Pikmin, Double-Dash, F-Zero GX, Mario Sunshine, Zelda- with a new one coming up soon!- Star Wars:Rogue Squadron, the list goes on and on!Also many third party support, and other games which are on other consoles, many of them are also on gamecube, like Need For Speed: Underground, Tony Hawk Underground, Splinter Cell, SSX 3, etc.
-Has a great controller... give it a chance, it is very wierd at first but I love it now. Much better than ps2 controller.
-Beautiful Graphics.
-It has the GameBoy Player... GameBoy games on the bigscreen!
-CONS-
-No online play except Phantasy Star Online or whatever... *SNIFF*
-Not as big of a library, although most titles are very high quality.
-Gotta buy memory card, not THAT bad though.
-Doesn't play DVD's and CD's. This isn't as bad as it sounds, and not really a negative. Even though the media seems small, it houses enough space. Get a DVD player if you wish to play them that much, they are only $40 if you look... almost the price of the little doo-dad that you have to buy to watch DVD's on the XBOX (it is about $20). If you are complaining about not playing CD's on it, you should not be reading this. :)
-Okay, some of the games are "kiddy" games, but who can't resist a little Super Monkey Ball or Mario.
Overall this is a great system at a cheap price with an awesome library of amazing games. Get yours today!
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