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      27.05.2010 23:34
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      The tiniest little box with so much to offer, but never took off properly

      I know I'm trying to resurrect a dead elephant but here's my two cents. The Gamecube was fantastic and severely underrated. Hated on by the 'big gamers' seeing it as a kid's colourful playground. The same gets banded around about the Wii, another delightful console. The Gamecube boasted a graphic engine superior to the PS2s and when handed to the right Visual FX guys it could rival Xbox. Check the plush surroundings of Metroid. The space of Star Wars Bounty Hunter. The one thing that can be said for the Gamecube is that it gave it's franchises some of the greatest releases seen. Although the Windwaker was first laughed out of the Internet by many, it was soon realised to be one of the greatest in the series and easily the most playable next to OOT. Also don't forget the cube's last release, The Twilight Princess which is now getting to be worth something, and it's a beautiful game in stunning detail. And who can forget (although not strictly Nintendo's but still something to mention) the re-imagining of Resident Evil. Superb, superb superb! I cannot recommend popping that in. Mario's games on the cube, again beautiful. The Cube boasts the best Mario Party. Okay, so the Cube didn't have a lot of big games, but the ones it did have showed quality over quantity.

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      08.08.2009 14:13
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      A good little retro games console

      The nintendo gamecube is a wonderful little games console. It has a large variety of games and features, Such as being able to play Game boy advance games on it once you get a "GBA ad-on" to your gamecube. Although the Gamecube is a old console, it has pretty good graphics no matter what games you play on it, I suggest t anyone that is going to buy a nintendo gamecube to get a RGB cable to improve the picture quality as on some "big wide screen t.vs" the picture can look deformed if using a official nintendo cable. The game discs for the console are alot smaller than regular discs that other consoles use. It will be very hard trying to find a new console as they are quite old and they have lots of new up to date consoles out now, but you can easily get a second had one from a pore-owned shop, game market stalls and over the Internet.

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      08.09.2002 02:16
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      After having owned a Gamecube for 4 months now, I decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase an RGB cable in order to "improve the picture". I've never owned an RGB cable for any other console as I couldn't really see the point in spending good games money on a superfluous accessory. I've now changed my mind. To anyone who owns any of the 3 latest-gen consoles, I would strongly recommend getting an RGB cable. If you're not impressed then you can always take it back to the shop, but I don't think you will be once you see how improved your video games look. I went for the official (Nintendo) cable at £20.00. Although the improvement in clarity of picture is amazing, I still feel this is a little high for a bit of wire with some plastic. £10 seems a fairer price. You can buy 3rd party cables with gold plated terminals and audio out for connecting to a Hi-Fi for as little as £6.00, but I've heard that they either don't work at all (ie picture is same as SCART cable supplied with console) or that they produce an inferior picture to the official one. So I suppose, as ever, you gets what yers pays fer. So how can the picture be more clear? Well, the RGB cable carries the video signal in it's component parts (Red, Green, Blue) along the cable with the colors kept seperate. The supplied scart or an even worse RF cable carries a composite signal with all the colours sent together as one signal, not individually. How much better is the picture? Well I would liken it the crispness of a PC monitor. It will not turn your TV into a PC monitor as TVs have a lower resolution, but my 29 inch, 4:3 ratio TV now has that monitor crispness when viewed from around 3-4 metres away. Before I used the RGB cable, the only problem I could see with the picture was a slight blurring, or ghosting, of reds. I expected the RGB cable to eliminate this. Indeed it did, but also, the level of detail is now far, far bette r. It's as if someone's increased the resolution. If you've played games on a PC, imagine you've just gone from 800x600 fullscreen to 1024x768 fullscreen. The first game I tried was ISS2. The players numbers can be seen on backs of shirts from a much greater distance, you can see advertising hoardings from further, and the whole appearance just seems so much "cleaner". I also can now play games in 60 Hertz mode (if they have a 60 HZ mode - not all do), although having just got used to the improvement in the picture, you now have to compromise ever so slightly to play games at 60 Hertz. This is because the resolution seems to drop slightly to NTSC standard (540-ish lines instead of 625-ish I think) and produces just-about-visible scan lines. Maybe it's a little petty to moan about this as the picture is still much better than without the RGB cable, and scrolling is far smoother (ie on title screen of Capcom Vs SNK it's very noticebly juddering at 50Hz, but very smooth at 60Hz), but all the same you do notice, because you've just been paying so much attention to the improved picture. One last thing. If you do buy an RGB cable, make sure your TV supports an RGB input. Have a look in the manual. I knew mine did, but when I plugged in the cable I couldn't see any improvement in the picture. I swapped the SCART and RGB back and forth looking for some slight improvement, but the picture was exactly the same. I was just about ready to return the RGB cable, when I tried slotting it into another input on the back of the TV and instantly I could tell it was now working. Only one of the three inputs on the TV accepts an RGB signal.

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        30.08.2002 03:04
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        The other week(at long last) I managed to get my hands on a Nintendo Gamecube, I was stood in electronics boutique tore between buying a X-box or Gamecube.But I made the decision and it was the right one aswell?.. The Gamecube is the latest games machine from Nintendo, due to the N64?s(supposed)poor performance not many people have much faith in the Gamecube, however it is one of those things which you either love or you hate(like Marmite). The Gamecube is a small box shape which comes in a choice of colours,purple or black. The Gamecube has all the standard console buttons on it, such as the on/off switch and the reset button. The game cube has a handle on the back of it, this has had a lot of critisim,however it makes it one hell of a lot easier to carry around. On the base of the Gamecube there are various ports which all serve for different reasons,one of the ports is for future use of a modem so the Gamecube can participate in online gaming. The controllers plug in at the front of the console(up to four at a time) and there are two memory card ports under the controller ports. The controller for the Gamecube is the best controller for any console, it takes ideas from all games machines and blends it all into one. It is like a bigger version of a Playstation controller, it has a big button on one side of it and all of the other in game buttons are around this one. The controller has both a analogue stick and a direction pad. One of the great ideas of the controller is that the camera controls are a little analogue stick on the right hand side of the controller, this makes it extra easy to get the camera angle you want which is important in some of the Gamecubes 3D games. The shoulder buttons on the top of the controller are a grove shape and they are what makes the controller so comfy to hold. The controller also has a built in rumble pack which delivers quiet satisfying rumbles. The graphics on the console are visually very p leasing and easily contend if not beat the PS2 graphics. All the objects in the games are very smooth and fast running and there is very little fog in the games. Nearly all of the games come in surround sound capabilities. However unless you have a sound system connected to your TV you will have to buy one, however(surprise surprise) Nintendo have bought out a special sound system specially for the Gamecube, I cannot tell you anything about this sound system though as I do not own it or no of anyone who does. The cables which you use to connect the Gamecube to the TV are scart cables(at least that?s what you get in the box),so you need to make sure that your TV is compatible with scart cables. If your TV is not compatible you need to make sure that you buy the Nintendo Ariel box(sold separately) so that you can actually use your game cube!!. Also beware,Just because your Gamecube uses scart cables it does not mean that it runs on 60hz so if you want it to run on 60hz you have to buy a separate scart cable which is a bit of a rip off in my opinion!!! All the instructions you receive with the Gamecube are really detailed and very easy to follow, you should have your Gamecube up in running in no time at all. However you can not tune a channel for your Gamecube, you have to play it through your AV channel. The Gamecube comes all very well packaged, it is all packed very cozely into its box, however once it has been taken out,it is very hard to but back in(for transport purposes) so if you want to move it around with ease and comfort you will have to buy one of the Gamecube carry bags(yet another scam). The box has all the usual stuff on it about the console nothing particularly interesting. The Gamecube games are very unique, in the fact that they come on tiny disks. They are about the size of the smaller section of a disk tray on a PC. This is very useful and makes it extra hard for people to make pirate copies of game cube games and selling them on. The Gamecube is great, however it has a lot of competition and the competition are bigger and more popular than Nintendo, yes Sony and Microsoft. In my opinion the Gamecube is better then both, although the X-box has better graphics, Nintendo are willing to give games a try which Microsoft and Sony would never dare trying just in case it didn?t sell millions, however Nintendo are willing to take this risk and that?s what makes them appeal to me. He fact of the matter is that Nintendo?s N64 has but a lot of people off of buying the Gamecube as they believe that all of the games will be childish and thew and far apart, don?t believe it. The Gamecube on its own cost £129. There are currently not many good Package deals around as it is such a new machine, however there are a thew out there. Do not believe that you are saving money on a package deal when really your not it just sounds good(I made this mistake). Games for the console are currently between £40-45, however I?m sure that the prices will drop in the near future. This games machine is truly brilliant, however not everyone will see it that way. But if I were you I would give the game cube a chance!

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        06.08.2002 19:42

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        a good console - Advantages: cheaper, compact - Disadvantages: joypad is messed, looks like a toy

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        19.07.2002 22:31

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        As an old Zelda nut, I'm looking forward to the GC release of Myamotos latest with great anticipation. Figured I should get the Game Cube player to familiarize myself with the new controller options. First a warning, DO NOT buy a generic memory card, get the Nintendo name brand card. The generic card though larger and more expensive will lose your saved data. I wrote an undeserved bad opinion of the game Eternal Darkness because of this failing. This is great player, as one who plays the PS2 also, I have always appreciated Nintendo's penchant for a thinking persons game as apposed to Sony's slam bam quick slash em up type actions. They have a product here that creates great graphics and still allows plenty of room for the puzzles that make the Nintendo games so much fun. The wireless controller (the Wave Bird) is a great addition. Now you can curl up in the corner of the sofa and play away. It would be nice if the controller had a built in rumble pack the same as the wired units. Nintendo says it was left out to preserve battery life, but we all know it was left out because that would have meant building a receiver in the controller. The graphics are simply amazing, playing some games, you swear it is real people. The water flow in Pikmin and such cartoon style games looks very realistic and I believe this game box will play well on a very large screen TV. The plastic cases the games come in with their new mini DVD type disks make it easy to store and catalog as compared to all my old cartridge games for the N64.

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        12.07.2002 23:21
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        I Hate School. One of my main reasons for hating that God Damn thing is the GameCube, Nintendo?s latest super console, which was released about a week ago, on the 3rd 2002. I got it on its release date and, after begging numerous times to my mother about staying off, she let my come out of school at break. I wasn?t in my lessons anyway; I was on a distant planet, playing Luigi?s mansion and others. There was another delay before I finally got my hands on the thing; I had to drive over to Bradford for the weekend. A 1-hour drive sat staring at my cube. It was hell, I can guarantee you that. When I got my first chance, it was like Deano76 jumping on a ticket for a free ton of Belgian chocolate. I ripped open the box and whipped the indigo cube out, plonked it on the floor, clipped on the screen and proceeded to play on it until I went out (to Casa Pizza in Clayton Deano, you should try it). I forgot to tell you the package I got, didn?t I? Well here it is then, the package I bought from Toy?s ?r? us: Game Cube console (including a control pad - indigo) (£130) Control Pad (Unofficial) Clip on Screen Memory Card (above 3 about £100 all together) Luigi?s Mansion Crazy Taxi (see my previous opinion) Dave Mirra 2 Legends of Wrestling (Above 4 are £40 each) Carry Case (£15) Total Cost if bought individually: £405 Package Costed: £300 Also, Toys ?r? Us messed up my order so, instead of getting Dave Mirra and Legends of Wrestling I got Extreme G3 Racing, Sonic Adventure 2 and Star Wars. So it would of costed in the region of £450! Not bad is it? Getting £150 off the best console in the world? Now I shall give you just a brief insight into the history of this majestic console: GameCube is the next generation console for Nintendo. All Nintendo consoles usually take cartridges. Not this one as it takes mini DVD?s (stops pirating). Origi nally called the Dolphin and then the Star Cube, the details of this console were first released at E3, the world?s biggest games show, in May 2000. It has many bright games and contains the first ever game that Luigi has had the starring role, in favour of his brother, who takes up the role of being kidnapped for his brother to rescue. I know that the History wasn?t so long or even insightful, but I was all I could muster up. Now for the technical specifications: MPU [Microprocessor Unit] - Custom IBM Power PC Gekko Manufacturing Process - 0.18 micron IBM Copper Wire Technology Clock Frequency - 485 MHz CPU Capacity - 1125 Dmips [Dhrystone 2.1] Internal Data Precision - 32-bit Integer & 64-bit Floating-point External Bus - 1.3GB/second peak bandwidth [32-bit address space, 64-bit data bus 162 MHz clock] Internal Cache - L1: Instruction 32KB, Data 32KB [8 way] L2: 256KB [2 way] System LSI - Custom ATI/Nintendo "Flipper" Manufacturing Process - 0.18 micron NEC Embedded DRAM Process Clock Frequency - 162 MHz Embedded Frame Buffer - Approx. 2MB Sustainable Latency: 6.2ns [1T-SRAM] Embedded Texture Cache - Approx. 1MB Sustainable Latency: 6.2ns [1T-SRAM] Texture Read Bandwidth - 10.4GB/second [Peak] Main Memory Bandwidth - 2.6GB/second [Peak] Pixel Depth - 24-bit Colour, 24-bit Z Buffer Image Processing Functions - Fog, Sub pixel Anti-aliasing, 8 Hardware Lights, Alpha Blending, Virtual Texture Design, Multi-texturing, Bump Mapping, Environment Mapping, MIP Mapping, Bilinear Filtering, Trilinear Filtering, Anisotropic Filtering, Real-time Hardware Texture Decompression Do not ask me what any of the above was, but, as Deano has said before, somebody will probably stab me in the back if I don?t put these on and let you all have a sleep while trying to make sense of it. Okay, forget about the disaster that just happened above and lets get on to my opinion. For those of you who have never played on the GameCube, I shall be your instructor today. Please keep your arms and legs inside the opinion at all times and do not taunt the author as he has a tendency to take his shirt off. The graphics on the console are unrivalled. You only need to look at Luigi?s mansion to prove this. What Sony game has the amount of detail this has? The way he whistles along to the tuna; the way he jumps when a ghost appears in front of him; the nervous shaking of his hand as you watch him turn the knob of a new rooms door handle. It is all just so magnificent. The music is also crispy clear. I know that it matters which TV that you have got, but, believe me, once you have heard your commands being blurted out On Star Wars or the roar of the engine on Extreme G3 Racing, you shall know what I mean. The design of the console maybe a little strange but, unlike the PS2 and the X Box it is small, compact and, most of all, looks very cool. Where as the X Box just looks like an early nineties VCR and the PS2 just looks bland, the GC just oozes with pure and utter class. It also comes in a range of different colours, unlike its main competitors. You can currently get 2 different colours; Original Indigo and Sleek Black. Both look cool and there is another coming out called ?spice?. Do not be put off by the name, it is just orange. The controllers are the best I have ever had the pleasure to use. They just slip perfectly into your hands. The buttons are placed in positions that are instinctive to you. It may look a bit like a rip off of the world-renowned Playstation control pad, but once you have tried it, you will, again, know what I mean. You can also get this in a range of different colours. Black and Indigo are the main ones and you can get a few variations. They cost £25 for an offi cial. Do NOT get a fake, you can tell the difference. The memory card may not have a load of space, but what it does have is 59 spaces, which is quite a lot to say it is only 4mb in size. They are also quite small as well. The bad thing about that is that they would be easy to lose. I don?t have an official one, but it does the same job. These cost about £15 - £20. Overall, this console is magnificent and a must buy for any die hard Nintendo Fan / Gamer. If you think that the Ps2 was good, strap your seat belts; it?s going to be one hell of a ride Mad35

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          08.07.2002 01:19
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          It's cheap and it looks good...so does a can of beer but that doesn't make it an excellent games console! Really the Nintendo Gamecube is the parents choice because of its price, and it's also the kids choice of because its colourful, 'imaginitive' games. But for any true gamer this stuff shouldn't appeal to you. First of all the only games that don't match the description of a 'parents choice' or a 'kids choice' are: . Star Wars Rogue Leader (not as good as predicted) . Resident Evil: Biohazard (not out yet) . Turok Evolution (not out yet) . Metroid (not out yet) Also there's the fact that the gamecube doesn't play DVDs whilst more and more games now come on DVD ROM discs, increasing video quality, memory etc. I understand that not much of the above is really enough to convince people not buy a Gamecube but maybe this will: As you know, internet gaming is becoming more and more popular, so much so that pc games these days that are not online are considered strange. It won't be long before console games will be fully online too. So to prepare for this Microsoft made the Xbox broadband ready and Sony are releasing a broadband adapter as well as a standard 56k modem for it. So what have Nintendo done for the Gamecube? Answer: Nothing! Nintendo said that they don't see online gaming as an important feature of games - Are they mad? You decide.

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            06.07.2002 21:36
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            The gamecube has been built as a dedicated gaming console, the standard cube will not have built in DVD player or CD player because this inflates the price and its not what gamers want according to Nintendo. The big N have, however, delivered a stunning console at an extremely desirable price. CPU 485MHz "gekko" chip GPU 162MHz "flipper" chip RAM 24MB 1T-RAM (2.6GB/s) VRAM 16MB Audio 64 channels 48KHz sample rate The gamecube runs on 3" (8cm)mini DVDs, these disks are similar to a DVD or CD except that they are tiny and hold about twice as much as a CD. The disks are a propreity format developed by nintendo to try and combat piracy, it would be cost thousands of dollars to buy the hardware to copy a gamecube DVD. One of the gamecubes strengths is its loading time. Many people worried about this when they announced that they would be switching from cartridges to disks however you can put this fear behind you. Conventional CD player or DVD players (incuding the PS2 and Xbox) read the data by spiralling from the inside to the outside. The Gamecube however starts at the outside and spirals in making loading much faster. Compare this to being on a roundabout, sit near the middle and it goes quite slowly but hang off the edge and you could be going several times faster. The same is true of CDs/DVDs, the edge is read much faster than the center. The gamecube is a tiny little machine in comparison to previous consoles but it packs quite some kick. The gekko chip is a custom designed 128-bit CPU which powers the console, also in the box is the 162MHz flipper chip which is dedicated to graphics rendering. Nintendo have decided on 1T-RAM, this is very expensive but is much faster than other types of RAM used previously and in other consoles. This additional RAM throughput really help the grahical rendering in games. The gamecube controllers are the result of extensive testing to find out what i s really comfortable, although they look strange they mould into your hands perfectly. Nintendo have done away with the three prong controller in favor of the 2 prong, slightly more like the PS2, on the left at the top you have the analogue stick which is similar to that of the N64 but more robust and smoother. Below that is the D-pad, again, similar to the N64. Now for the changes, at the top right there is a big A button which is analogue this time round. This means that the game can detect how hard you are pushing. Below A is a smaller B button, above and to the right are 2 new button, a Y and a Z button for more ingame control. The familiar L and R shoulder buttons are still there but they too are now analogue. Below the A and B buttons is a revised set of C-buttons, rather than buttons it is now an analogue stick too allowing more in game camera control. Z is there too under the left hand prong just where its needed for fast trigger action. The standard controller has built in rumble so theres no need for extra packs or batteries. Nintendo have also announced the "wavebird controller" which is a wireless controller which, although bulkier than the standard one, works for up to 10M from the console. The gamecube controller is the fruit of 5 years development since 1997 so it follows that they gamecube controller is the most comfortable to date. The gamecube is graphically superb, capable of rendering 6-12M polygons/s, fully textured with advanced lighting effects. Its built in hardware functions such as fog and anti-aliasing which provide such realistic graphics on our screen. Games like waverace really show the power of the gamecube and these are just launch titles, in the future we may see much more stunning games as developers get more accustomed to the cubes hardware and programming language. Nintendo have always left room for expansion in their consoles and the gamecube is no exception, theres one large serial port which it has been announced will house a 56K modem or broadband adaptor. Theres also a smaller second serial port and a high speed port. What these will be used for has not been announced yet but no doubt the big N will think of something. Overall the gamecube is a very powerful console with the reliability and comfort we have come to expect from Nintendo. Of course its the games that sells a console not just the hardware but you are in for some treats there too. At the asking price of £130 it is the cheapest console of its generation on the market.

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              11.06.2002 20:56
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              I`ll be honest with you here - my Gamecube is my new baby. When my girlfriend heard me say that I was in the dog house, but it`s still true! I wasn`t going to get a Gamecube when they first came out - I was planning on waiting a few months for the price to come down as happened with every other console ever released. When they announced the launch price was going to be £130, I started thinking seriously about getting one. Then, the day after they came out I decided that I had to have one, and duly spent all day wandering around the shops trying to find somewhere that had them in stock. I eventually got myself the console and a few games, and dashed straight home to try out my new toy. OH MY GOD! The console is just tiny and cute, the controller is fantastic (the official one anyway, don`t waste your money on third-party junk) and the games look and sound fantastic. I tried playing Rogue Leader first, because I like Star Wars and always wanted to fly down the trench and blow it up. The graphics here are just fantastic, almost as good as the film and far far better than any other Star Wars games I have ever played. Once I got over Star Wars, I decided to have a quick go on Luigi`s Mansion. This is a fantastic little game, for more detaisl see my soon to be written opnion. Suffice to say it looks good and plays very well. The sound on both of the games very very good indeed, and I`m sure I`ve already mentioned that I was very imrepssed by the graphics. The memory card is also very efficiently handled by most games. it has 59 blocks, and most games only seem to take up two or three blocks. This means that you can buy the officla memory card and it will be a long long time before you manage to fill it up. One thing to be wary of - third-party peripherals. Don`t do it, it just isn`t worth throwing your money away. I got a "4Gamers" memory card which blanked itself off after many hours of play, and the third-party controller I bought is an abomination - I used it once and have ever since insisted that when having a two-player game the other person must use the nasty controller. Apart from that you just can`t go wrong.

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                07.06.2002 21:58
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                The Nintendo Game Cube will be the console of the year. It has already beaten off competition in Japan, USA and UK. The XBox, although it is technically very good, is not very user-friendly. The control pad itself is huge, bulky, and uncomfortable. The console is great for those addicted to the gaming world, but is not so friendly for those who just wanna have some fun! Also, with the introduction of Broadband Internet and Linux to the XBox, it looks like things will become even more complicated. The PS2 - a huge success. There is no doubt about that. However, with more and more competition, the black box's once supreme graphics machine is now looking dated. However, expect Sony to come straight back into the market when they release PS3. The Game Cube has been much critisized, as it does not have the facility to play DVDs, unlike the PS2 and XBox. What I say to that is: if you want to watch DVDs, buy a DVD player. It's as simple as that! Then again, you can buy the Panasonic Game Cube, Q, which is exactly the same as the Nintendo, except it is silver and has the function to play DVDs.

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                  Ah the Nintendo GameCube, what can I say! There is not a lot to drag this little gem down. Just look at the thing, it is without doubt the finest looking console ever made and its purple, just being purple is reason enough to buy one. The latest console from Nintendo caters for all tastes, games are available to suit young kids and games are available to suit adults. The controller is superb, your hands mould around it in gaming perfection with only the rather silly Z button being a problem. This is one bargain of a system at a staggeringly low £129 just how Nintendo managed to launch this product at that price is beyond many people but it was a tactic that?s worked. The Cube has sold more in its short life in Europe than the Xbox (its self a good machine) and thus ensures a supply of games for Nintendo?s now mandatory 5 year product life cycle. The unit comes with a joypad, external power supply and composite cables with a scart adaptor to connect it to the TV. Many would consider buying the proper RGB cable as the cube is capable of displaying PAL 60 and many games give an option to run in this. This means full screen and full speed games. The UK unit has a full 2 year warranty which is a nice bonus so don?t let the salespeople talk you into an extended one. The sound is DVD quality (sampled at 48Hz) and the graphics are simply a wonder to behold. Rogue Leader is like watching a Star Wars film, it is simply that good. The games come on 3 inch discs and are packaged in modified DVD cases. These cost between £39.99 and £44.99 but are available on the internet for as little as £29.99 Inc P&P and my local game shop has used titles in already for £24.99. No memory card is supplied and one is defiantly required to save your game position etc. the standard Nintendo one has 59 slots on it and costs a meagre £14.99. The Cube doesn?t play DVD movies and it doesn?t have a hard drive this is a games console for ga mers not a compromise.

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                  Finally the Cube is out and at a remarkable price of £129.99, I picked up mine for £193 with two games a memory card, extra controller and a blow up chair from Dixons! It has taken Nintendo a couple of years to get back into it but im glad they have! If you have read any of my other opinions you will know I have an PS2 and the only advantage between them is the DVD playback on the PS2. At the present time there are not many games out for the CUBE but there is a Mario and StarFox game out around August so for any of you Nintendo fans out there you should be excited. The unit is tiny and fits nicely next to my tv and ps2, the controllers are perfecly designed and fit in your hand precisely and allow you to press any buttons you want quite comfortably. You do also use all the buttons in every game unlike the PS2 where the sticks are never used! This unit is going to be very addicitive, I have read some opinions on the actual spec so if you want to know that i suggest ben_83 as he has quite a good report. But I am just trying to tell you how much fun it is and if you aint got much money it doesn't really matter because it is sooooo CHEAP!

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                  15.05.2002 22:56
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                  After the very disappointing failure of the Dreamcast, this to me is the last chance for proper, old fashioned gamers like myself. So far, Nintendo have done just about everything right! The console itself is a lovely piece of kit. I personally went for the Purple/Indigo colour instead of dreary black as it looks that much classier! Its a pretty well built console with plenty of expansion slots for when the broadband and modem connections are launched for the GC. You receive a single joypad (the joypad is definately a class act - it just feels right in your hands), a composite video lead which has stereo audio connections (no Scart lead, just an adapter so that you can connect it to a scart socket should you not have an A/V input on the front of your TV) plus the standard power supply. Unfortunately Nintendo have not supplied a demo disc so you will have to buy a game at the same time if you want instant gaming entertainment. The Gamecube itself does not play anything bar Gamecube game titles because of the size of the discs used in the GC. They measure only 3" across and look very strange the first time you see them! This is a games machine purely - if you want an entertainment machine that can play CDs and DVDs then this is not the machine for you. Some of the upcoming titles for the GC look outstanding such as Sega Soccer Slam, Resident Evil, Wrestlemania X8, Zelda, Mario Sunshine and many more. Plus Action Replay is out soon for the GC, this will reportedly allow Import Game playback which is even better news for UK gamers! With the low RRP of the console, there is NO excuse for you not to be a Gamecube owner today. With some of the best multiplayers games ever already out for the machine such as Super Monkey Ball, you have to get your hand on this machine NOW!

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                    A little shocked to see it in the preview section but I'm sure Dooyoo will sort it out soon. Friday May 3rd the release of Nintendo's latest games console in Europe. At 7am that morning it was mine, and will be forever more as this is without a doubt the greatest games console on the market. A bit of a poor thing to say considering it is the only games console on the market, its rivals the PS2 and X-box are both Multi-media platforms so yes, the Gamecube does not play DVD's and does not play music CD's. This is in fact done for several reasons, Piracy is the main one, if CD's work on it then games can be copied onto CD's, same applies to DVD's. Nintendo were aware of the DVD playability outcry so close friends Panasonic developed a Gamecube called the Q that allows DVD's to be played, sadly it will never be released outside of Japan. Now I cannot and will not criticize the Gamecube for missing these extra options, the fact is a games console is exactly that; a games console and Nintendo make the best games in the world. The fact is Nintendo are different to their rivals, whilst X-box and Playstation 2 are relatively similar in the style of games the offer Nintendo are incredibly different. One of the best launch games is Super Monkey Ball a game that isn't a children?s game but enjoyed by everyone, yet compare this to Tekken and Halo and you see what I mean, Nintendo are different. If you have a PS2 and need to choose from the X-box and Gamecube there really is only one choice, whilst the PS2 and X-box concentrate on realistic movie esq. gameplay Nintendo go out for all fun. Run around a haunted mansion as a green wearing Italian Plumber sucking up ghosts with your Poltergust 3000 is so incredibly unrealistic and even immature but that?s the whole point, Nintendo don't care if it makes sense as long as its fun and that is why the Gamecube rules. Games wise it is good now, Star Wars: Rogue Leader, Lui gi's Mansion, Super Monkey Ball and Wave Rave: Blue Storm are excellent exclusive launch titles for the Gamecube. Super Smash Brothers: Melee released may 24th will be the reason to get the console, the killer ap it is crying out for because, unlike the X-box the games on the Gamecube aren't anything special. Yes Super Monkey Ball is brilliant especially with friends, yes Luigi's Mansion is great for the few hours it lasts but there is no killer Mario, Zelda or Pokemon game we have all come to expect from Nintendo. X-box has Halo, Dead or Alive 3 and Jet Set Radio Future, all massive AAA titles and yet Nintendo have none... right now. What the Gamecube has over the X-box is a future, by the end of the year that killer Mario title will have been released, two exclusive super shocking Resident Evil games would have hit the shelves (including an all new title and a massive remake of another), Metroid would be back in a brilliant First Person Shooter, Starfox will be in his new Zelda style adventure, brilliant futuristic racer, F Zero would get released, Eternal Darkness the new survival horror will be out along with hundreds of other massive games that will rock the world. And yet Microsoft have good exclusive games now, but nothing special out in the future, in 2003 two new Zelda games, Virtual Fighter RPG and such like will be released along with Resident Evil 4 and so already I know that what I have bought will keep me going long into 2003 and 2004. But despite games being the most important factor there is others. The Gamecube looks like a toy, it is described as a Toy and looks unnervingly like something made by Fisher Price but again this is merely a perception, the Gamecube is the approximate size of 10 CD cases stacked up, so incredibly tiny, the discs are 6cm across and it is the first console to have a handle. The Gamecube is small versatile and oh so cute, without a doubt the best looking console on the market and avalible in both black and purple. The controller is probably the best, the PS2 one is good but the design is essentially the same as the Playstation's and so not much of a revolution, meanwhile the Gamecube's is an all singing all dancing new controller, small and perfect, a nice chunky A button and really weird L and R buttons, it is much better than the huge monster that is the X-box's controller and is very comfortable indeed. The official memory cards are a little small at the moment (in capacity), they are tiny and very cool but until Memory card 251 comes out I'm going to have to say that 59 blocks will get filled quickly (depends on what games you play really). But the Gamecube is cool, now it is a great piece of kit, fun games and at a great price, in the future with wireless controllers, larger memory cards, modems, huge games (that will shape the industry) and even more coloured cubes this is the console to look out for. Recommend, recommend, recommend!!!! !!!!

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