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To help you start your GameCube collection, we've created this special bundle, which includes the adventure gameLuigi's Mansion, the football simulationMadden NFL 2002, andStar Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II, a space-combat game. This value pack also comes with an additional controller so you can challenge a friend, a memory card to save your progress through the games, and a six-month trial subscription toElectronic Gaming Monthlymagazine to help you keep track of all the latest games.
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. The prelaunch titles we've seen play uniformly smooth, 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 ...