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Old Schooler Catches Up With The Next Century

  • Jan 18, 2005
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Glazing over some of the other reviews on this page, I've noticed that I'm something of a dinosaur compared to all of the other folks here. I remember the old Atari 2600 and ColecoVision. I was ecstatic when the NES first came out. It had to satisfy my appetite until I made it to college and had friends who owned a Nintendo 64 and I could afford a Sega Genesis. Then came the Playstation, and I still play that machine to this day. Now I've finally managed to get my hands on a Nintendo Gamecube, and I have to say it feels pretty good to be playing on a console that reminds me of the good ol' days.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Playstation to death, but Nintendo always seemed to focus more on playing games for the fun of it instead of in some sort of worldwide competition. To me, X-Box and the PS2 are reserved for the gamers who crave competition on a grand scale. You know, those kinds of guys who just sit in front of the TV for days on end talking about how cool their new weapons are on the latest "Halo" game and how they are the greatest gamer since "Pong" first hit the scene. They're the same guys who are in their mid-thirties, live at home with their mom and work at a fast food chain to pick-up on fifteen year-old girls who see right through their "cool" image.

Gamecube is more of an average guy's version of a video game console. In other words, folks who know when to put the joystick down and actually go outside for awhile. It's small size makes it easy to stow away. The sound and graphics are really good, and, as usual, Nintendo offers some of the best titles that you'll only find on their console such as "Zelda" and "Mario."

A lot of people blow this system off as one for the kiddies. Granted, it does have the best selection of games for the younger crowd, but if you're into heavier, more adult games, the Gamecube offers those as well. Like others have said, this is a game system and nothing else. It doesn't play DVDs or CDs, but it concentrates on being what it is, a game console. Besides, for the price, you just can't beat it.

So, if you like to play games for the fun of it but still know that there is more to life than the latest Final Fantasy game, Gamecube is for you. If you're a little bit more hardcore, you may want to buy one of the other systems.

Highly recommended.

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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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The Nintendo GameCube is Nintendo's fourth home video game console and is part of the sixth generation console era. It is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and predecessor to Nintendo's Wii.

The Nintendo GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium, after several aborted forays by Nintendo in disc-based storage media. In contrast with the GameCube's competing consoles, the Xbox , PlayStation 2 and the Dreamcast , the GameCube uses miniDVD-based discs instead of full-size DVDs. As a result, it does not have the DVD-Video playback functionality of the Xbox and PlayStation 2 nor the audio CD playback ability of previous consoles that used full size optical discs.

In addition, the GameCube also introduced a variety of connectivity options to Nintendo consoles, and was the third Nintendo console, after the Nintendo 64DD, to officially support online play. It also allowed for connectivity to the contemporary Game Boy Advance to access exclusive features of certain 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.


Nintendo has used several advertising strategies and techniques for the GameCube. The earliest commercials displayed a rotating cube video, which would morph into the GameCube logo. A female voice whispered "GameCube". This was usually after ...

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Brand: Nintendo
Category: Video Game Consoles
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: November 18, 2001
Console Type: Console
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