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      30.10.2011 09:08
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      This is a piece of kit that offers up a stunning range of games that play brilliantly

      Having for years whilst younger loved playing at friends houses on their Sega and Nintendo consoles I looked forward to the time when I was old enough to pay for one of my own (my parents did not believe in having these as they felt they were a waste of money) and when the time came it was the Nintendo Gamecube which was just being released. I still remember how excited I was to be able to finally have my very own Nintendo console but with so much build up and wanting did this live up to what I expected?

      Pros:
      The Nintendo Gamecube comes with a handle on the back which allowed for you to easily move this console around (whether this be in your own house or taking it to friends houses).
      The design of the Gamecube is excellent as it is very small and lightweight whilst still delivering up an amazing gaming experience and great 3D style games (like Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Kart: Double Dash!). The console for me is one of the best looking consoles ever as it is simple yet stylish and looks great.
      This is a console which was very much at the forefront of gaming when it came out with a 485MHz custom CPU and 162MHz custom graphics processor allowing for top line games to be played without the console ever struggling. The games themselves are mini dvd style discs that hold 1GB of information so that you had amazing gameplay without the need for the previously bulky cartridges previously needed when wishing to play on a Nintendo console.
      Many people were put off by its low cost but for me the console offers amazing value and yet delivers stunning gaming quality. Nintendo decided to move away from what others were doing and concentrate on gaming rather than put everything in the one machine so you can run your life from it. The new thinking from Nintendo pushes forward the development of games as it reduces the price for the gaming industry as a whole (using cartridges is a very expensive way of developing and producing games) which allowed for some of the best games for years to come out on the Nintendo with vibrant colours, smooth graphics, speedy gameplay and excellent sound all at the centre of everything.
      The console comes with a controller which is simply brilliant in its lightweight yet fantastic ergonomically design to fit your hands perfectly and not cause any cramp even when playing for long periods. The controller comes with an in built rumble feature that works brilliantly and is powerful. The console has been thought out to enable for multi player gaming without need for high cost add-ons and to this end it comes with 4 controller ports and 2 memory ports.

      Negatives:
      For some people the fact this is a less powerful console than the likes of the PS2 or the XBOX leads to them thinking it is not worthy of them considering it but for me the console has games which are designed to play perfectly on the console and so you needn't worry about the quality on offer here.

      Overall I simply love the Nintendo Gamecube and think it is one of the best consoles to have been released in recent times. The console offers up stunning quality bright, and vivid games that run quickly and smoothly with no real noise from the Gamecube itself. An amazing price is not something that should put people off this as it really does not mean you are getting a poor quality piece of kit. I love the games on offer for the Gamecube and think that Super Mario Sunshine is simple a stunning game which is worth having the console for on its own. The Gamecube delivered everything I had ever wished for and more and so I highly recommend this as one for those looking for a retro games console that delivers up some of the best games to have been released over recent years despite no HD graphics.

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        05.02.2010 22:24
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        My purple friend.

        As a hardened Nintendo fan from an early age, my earliest and many of my fondest gaming memories involved zapping ducks on my NES, skydiving on my SNES and headshotting Oddjob on my N64.

        What surprises me now in hindsight is how slow I was to warm to the GameCube's charms. As a schoolboy, leading up to launch, I followed the progress of Nintendo's latest little warrior with a strong hint of indifference. I smiled at Super Monkey Ball and felt a mild awe upon seeing Rogue Leader in action but nothing compelled me to part with my cash at launch, in spite of its comparatively low price point of £129.

        I can think of quite a few reasons for this now and i'm sure i'm not alone. As a Nintendo fan, I had got used to a groundbreaking Mario game launching alongside each home console since the 1980s. With the GameCube the closest we had was the fun Ghostbusters-inspired Luigi's Mansion which demonstrated the technical profficiency of the console but lacked that famous Nintendo magic.

        As anyone whose followed the progress of the PlayStation 3 will know, a difficult launch period can be difficult to recover from and this basically sums it up for me. By the time the GameCube hit its stride in 2003 with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime the GameCube had lost too much ground, coupled with competition against the most successful home console in history, Nintendo couldn't rely on their famous 'magic' to emulate former glories.

        And so this was to prove the case. With the ageing Cube some of the best games of the decade including Resident Evil 4, Pikmin 2 and F-Zero GX were released and enjoyed by disappointingly small audiences where they would have sold many times over on the PlayStation 2 and the Cube was retired by Nintendo ahead of its time with the withdrawl of 3rd party support proving a fatal blow.

        As I mentioned before, I was late to the GameCube party and didn't dive in until 2004 but what I discovered went beyond all of my expectations. By this time, the console could be had new for under £80 and what would be looked back on as the greatest games had mostly been released.

        At this time I was involved to an unhealthy degree with Pro Evolution Soccer 3/4/5 on my PS2 to a level that people who haven't played the game wouldn't understand. During my ten hour marathon tournaments I knew the game had a strong hold of me and understood it would take a truly great game to distract me from my digital football universe.

        That game was the Wind Waker, a game that I appreciated on a different level to games I had played before. It was a thing of beauty. Exploration and experience of the game felt as much fun as playing it and while sailing across the seas in my talking boat searching for treasure, I realised the Nintendo magic hadn't gone, it just took some digging to find.

        From here I scanned planets in Metroid Prime, launched red shell assaults in Mario Kart and sacrificed many innocent primates in Monkey Target. For me the GameCube became the perfect antidote to the PS2 or XBOX console's onslaught of graphic shooters and 'mature' focus which kind of makes sense now looking at how people have a Wii to compliment their 360 or PS3 as it might not satisfy all your gaming cravings but does things so differently to the competition that owning only one gives you a very limited perspective on gaming.

        Having learnt from my experience, I now own all three of the home consoles and won't allow a great game to pass me by, although it's concerning that like the GameCube; the Wii struggles to convince people to sample fare not advertised by Ant and Dec but it is my hope that amongst all those people who bought the balance boards, plastic wheels and nunchuks that make up the new Nintendo there are enough people who care for the company's gaming tradition and invest in the quality as well as the gimmicks.

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        22.08.2009 21:37
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        A good console.

        The Nintendo Gamecube is Nintendos sixth home video game console.

        The Gamecube comes in a purple colour though later on they released the console in black, platinum and eve white, as the name suggests it is a cube shape but has a carry handle on the top to aid in transportation of the console. It isn't the best looking machine I have ever seen, it looks rather likea Fisher Price toy! Despite looking like a cheap toy it has a good weight to it and feels very solidly built.

        In the box with the console you receive the Gamecube machine itself, a wired Gamecube controller, composite video cables, power cords and instruction manuals. Everything you need to power the machine up, all you need to get yourself going is a game and a memory card!

        The console has notably less features than the machines it was competing against the Xbox and Playstation 2, each of those consoles had a DVD drive that would play back movies as well as music CDs. The Gamecube uses a mini DVD drive so it won't play back anything but the standard Gamecube disks. One good thing about the machine is it does have four controller ports so you have no need to purchase a multitap.

        The Nintendo Gamecube has a good line up of software titles developed by Nintendo, Super Smash Brothers an excellent fighting game, Mario Kart Double Dash an excellent fun racing game, Super Mario Sunshine an excellent platformer, Metroid Prime an excellent shooter, The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker another epic adventure for Link and many more. Though first party support is excellent the Gamecube was somewhat neglected by third parties, with some exceptions as Capcom made some excellent titles for the system including Resident Evil 4 and Killer 7. Sadly many games skipped the Gamecube being released for the Playstation 2 and Xbox exclusively.

        The Gamecube still has a number of great games that if you are a Nintendo fan you will want to play.

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        09.08.2009 18:11
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        A superb console with a huge variety of great games for all ages

        The Nintendo Gamecube has to be one of the best consoles of all time in my opinion. It's got a cool design and a huge variety of different games - most of which were really fun and there were some great ones especially.

        You can get one nowadays for around £15.00 second hand as they aren't produced anymore. You can get either a purple or black one. You may think that they are consoles for children, but they appeal to adults too as they have plenty of games such as Metroid and Resident Evil 4 especially, which is ideal for adults - some adults would even be too scared to play Resident Evil 4!

        The gamecube is shaped as a cube, hence its name. There is a handle at the back so you can easily carry it around if you're going to a friends house for example. An eject button on top quickly lifts up the disc tray, where you place in the games to play them. The game discs are really small - it's quite cute really. The console can have up to 4 players as well, and it has a lot of multiplayer games on offer.

        The graphics are generally good although some games are better than others. The Zelda games tend to have good graphics and Animal Crossing too. Other good games include Super Smash Brothers: Melee, Mario Kart: Double Dash and Luigi's Mansion. There are loads of fun games too including Time Splitters 2 but the best game overall has to be Zelda: The Wind Waker.

        The console is really cheap now and you can still take advantage of it's many great games. It has good graphics and it's a tiny little console that can easily be set up. Another great game is Super Mario Sunshine, which is a platform game. If you are looking for some cheap entertainment, I would really recommend a Gamecube as it's an excellent console.

        Thanks for reading,

        Dan ©

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        30.10.2008 19:53

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        Good retro console

        Been around for years now,son first got simply to play new pokemon colluseum on it as you couldnt buy it for any other console,a good sales gimmic!Bit bulky but not bad looking.,and has a carry handle!Not too heavy!In different colours.Uses a small game disc which is very cute!The discs are quite hard wearing and have lasted well!The controller is easy to use and you can fit up to four in.Sons have had a lot of play on it but you cant buy any new games for it anymore.It is a good console but has been replaced by the wii which is not only better but can play gamecube games as well as its own. The graphics obviously arent great but as you can pick the console and games up very cheaply it could still be a good buy as a first console for a child as there are some fun games for it!

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        02.08.2008 18:29
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        Worth a pop if you see one in local game shop

        OK, the Gamecube was a console that I bought a few years back.
        After that, most of my friends had Playstation 2s which had more popular games and more power in the console itself.

        The console itself is an odd design, being a cube instead of the usual cuboid shaped console, and has a handle for easy carrying (for whatever reason) and comes in many colours such as purple, black, platinum, with the standard being purple. It takes mini sized CDs, which are smalled than normal CDs, so easier to store I guess.

        There are four sockets for controllers, so you can play with four players, and there are another two ports on the front of the Gamecube. You use "memory cards" to store game saves, and other data pertaining to your advancement in games. These memory cards go into the slots. There are quite a few enhancements to the console, such as wireless "Wavebird" controller, GBA cable and bongo drums (for a Donkey Kong themed bongo game)

        A good thing about Nintendo consoles is that you get the Nintendo games e.g. Mario, Zelda and Metroid series which are good fun. But misses out on quite a few games that were only released on PS2 and Xbox - a lot of these are the more violent games. Gamecube (and Nintendo consoles on the whole) had games more suited for family age ratings. Another disadvantage is lack of DVD support, which at the time made it less favourable since DVD players still weren't so cheap.

        Right now, you can pick up a Gamecube very cheaply in a local video game store and some games for it too and it won't set you more than a few tens of pounds, which is quite a good deal if you want to play some games that you missed out. Although obviously don't buy one now thinking you'll get the latest graphics, multiplayer etc.

        But still, there is a very large selection of games to keep you entertained for a low price, although not many new ones. Be sure to get some classics such as Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Super Smash Brothers Melee.

        If you don't already have one, it may be worth checking local game stores for one, for some cheap entertainment.

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        15.07.2008 22:39
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        Good if you are looking for a console on the cheap.

        The Nintendo Gamecube hasn't had any games released for it for a while so it can basically be described as dead due to the release of the Wii. I am reviewing it now because you can pick up used consoles for as low as twenty pounds and games for about a fiver each so if you are looking for a cheap option or a games console for a child who is not interested in any of the more modern options, then this is a good choice.

        Unlike it's competitors, the Gamecube could never play DVD's which is one obvious disadvantage and possibly one of the reasons for its lack of success. It may not have had very good graphics but there are some very good games available for it, mostly available under the "Players Choice" set. This means that actually for a very low price you can start playing some fun games that may not be as graphically impressive as the current gen consoles, but will still entertain you for a few years yet.

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          14.02.2008 16:05
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          A great console, if you missed out on the cube pick one up!

          Overview
          The Gamecube was created by games giant Nintendo and released to the public in 2002, the Nintendo Gamecube has been a sucess appealing to both the younger and older generations with remakes of it classic titles such as Mario, Zelda and Super Smash Brothers. I think the classic titles brought back to life sold me the GameCube but it also dissapointed me as some of the titles did not live up to expectations.

          Looks and Design
          The Nintendo Gamecube is not a bad looking console available in three different colours, purple, black or platinum. The console is in your chosen colour with a black circular insert in the lid which reads Nintendo Gamecube which is customisable, there are only three buttons open, power and reset, the buttons are in your chosen colour apart from the power button which is grey. The Nintendo logo is clearly visable engraved into the top of the lid and to help us take it everywhere we have a nice carry handle on the back. The amazing feature is the size of the game disks with a disk measuring 8cm in diameter. Overall better looking than the Xbox but the PlayStation 2 is definately the best looking.

          Connectivity and Accessories
          The Nintendo Gamecube features four controller ports so there is no need to buy a multitap if you have more than one friend, it also features two memory card slots which are easily acessable at the front of the console. On the back we have a power in socket and two connections for your TV the Analog Audio Video Output or the Digital Audio Video Output depending on which lead you have. The console also has three ports on its rear a Hi Speed port and two serial ports these are for online gaming but the Cube sadly never made it online so these will remain mostly unused. Accessories are easily available and come in all forms from memory cards, controllers, GBA link cable, steering wheels to bongo drums, yes you did read correctly bongos are used in the latest Nintendo exclusive Donkey Kong game! You can also purchase yourself an official wireless controller (Nintendo Wavebird) too which Xbox and PS2 dont offer.

          Games Range
          There is a large choice of games, you have the multi platform games which are for example Fifa 2005 but it is the Nintendo Exclusive titles you have to watch out for, only on these games is the full potential of the Gamecube unleashed and there are some truly awesome titles, Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart Double Dash and Resident Evil 4 to name just a few. Though the selection is big when you try and find yourself a racing game if you have Mario Kart you'll probably be out of luck.

          Prices and Value For Money
          Nintendo have cut the prices of the console significantly since release date, originally the Gamecube would set you back £200 (I paid £130) but now the console can be yours for around £15 on eBay (a bargain!) If you were thinking about an Xbox before the price cuts my advice would be the Xbox definately but as it is Nintendos machine just wins on account of price. Accessories are reasonably priced with an official controller costing £20 (£30 wireless) and a 4MB official memory card cosing £9.99 (those are the RRPs and you will probably find them much cheaper now).

          So In The Box ?
          In The box you get a Shiny Nintendo Gamecube, an official Nintendo Controller, AV lead, AV block and a power lead. You need two more things to get started with your cube a memory card and a game you can get packs which include all these in a good video game store such as Game.

          Tech Specs (most people skip this techies read on)
          The Cube is the second most powerful console on the market with:
          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, Subpixel 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 (S3TC), Real-time Decompression of Display List, HW 3-line Deflickering filter

          The following sound related functions are all incorporated into the System LSI
          Sound Processor Custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
          Instruction Memory 8KB RAM + 8KB ROM
          Data Memory 8KB RAM + 4KB ROM
          Clock Frequency 81 MHz
          Performance 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
          Sampling Frequency 48KHz

          System Floating-point Arithmetic Capability 10.5 GFLOPS (Peak) (MPU, Geometry Engine, HW Lighting Total)
          Real-world polygon 6 million to 12 million polygons/second (Peak) (Assuming actual game conditions with complex models, fully textured, fully lit, etc.)
          System Memory 40MB
          Main Memory 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM, Approx 10ns Sustainable Latency
          A-Memory 16MB (81MHz DRAM)
          Disc Drive CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) System
          Average Access Time 128ms
          Data Transfer Speed 16Mbps to 25Mbps
          Media 3 inch NINTENDO GAMECUBE Disc based on Matsushita's Optical Disc Technology, approx 1.5GB Capacity
          Input/Output Controller Port x4, Memory Card Slot x2, Analogue AV Output x1, Digital AV Output x1, High-Speed Serial Port x2, High-speed Parallel Port x1
          Power Supply AC Adapter DC12V x 3.25A
          Main Unit Dimensions 11.4cm (H) x 15cm (W) x 16cm ( D)

          Phew!! Most people will find that hard to understand but those who do I dare you not to be impressed.

          Customer Care
          Nintendo supply the Gamecube with the standard 1 year warranty, I have never had any problems with mine and never heard of any problems either. Nintendo also do a wonderful scheme called the Stars program where you earn Nintendo Stars for each product you buy and when you buy enough you can reward yourself with Nintendo keyrings,hats, T-shirts or even a brand new game.

          The Gamecube is a small quality console available for a budget price, my favourite game for the console has to be Super Smash Brothers the single player is fantastic and the muliplayer is phenomenal you cant not like this game. I also really like the customisable lid insert I have a glowing one ! A fun console for all the family and all the family friends for that matter!! Although I do really like this console and it does cry out to be loved by all the Cube is still the third best of the last generation of consoles, with the small games library really letting it down. It really is a very strong third, thanks to the awesome Nintendo titles, almost knocking Xbox down but not much will budge the behemoth that is the Halo franchise. Now that the Wii is out (if you can find one) my advice would be to get one of those as it is fully compatible with all Gamecube games, if your budget is lower and you cant afford the Wii definitely pick up a Cube. 4/5

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            21.01.2007 23:00
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            I still like the Cube but where are all the games?

            Nintendo finally ditches its long running cartridge format that served them well for over 16 years and goes with a new Mini CD rom based console that was once called Project Dolphin. The less wussy sounding Gamecube already has over 300 games already available like Luigi's Mansion, Resident Evil 4, Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 to 8 plus there are a bunch of cool accessories for it as well. The GC was famous for being cheaper and has a faster speed processor that the highly popular PlayStation2 so there are some cool things to say about the machine but it isn't perfect though and you should be careful before you lay down the cash first.

            If you get the Nintendo Gamecube console by itself you get the system, a GC controller, video cables, ac cord, and instructions for a decent 99.99 Canadian or lower (especially in Europe) but you also get no game or memory card (which you need by the way). One of big selling points of the system has to be the four controller ports in front of the machine just like the N64, Xbox, and the original Atari 5200 do. This is so Nintendo can continue its quest for more offline multi-player games (even though the Xbox is still better suited for that sort of thing).

            The GC is juiced with a steady 485 megahertz processor that's actually stronger than the rival PS2 300mh processor but weaker than the Xbox's large 700 mh processor (just look at the three versions of Spider Man 2), but unlike the others you won't be able to play any CD's, DVD's, or other non GC games so you can only play Gamecube games only and nothing else. These GC disc games are surprisingly small too, they are only three inches in diameter but they still hold over twice the data of the standard CD Rom (but far less then DVD's).

            Although the Gamecube can't quite match the X-box's graphics engine, if the Nintendo Gamecube has any advantage over its competition is that Nintendo has that huge experience under its belt. For anybody who is too young to remember Nintendo has a list of successful game machines like the Nintendo Entertainment System (the NES), the Super Nintendo, and the Nintendo 64. Each of these systems lasted for years and had games that won a lot of critical acclaim. "Nintendo knows games and it shows!"

            I have a question for Nintendo though? Why isn't the Nintendo Gamecube compatible with the older Nintendo systems like how the Sony Playstation2 was compatible with the older Playstation, uh? I loved the N64 and the controller and I don't see why I can't use them on the Gamecube? OK, maybe the Nintendo 64 was a distance second to the Playstation but that doesn't mean it was a failure Nintendo. If you get something called the Game Boy Player for the bottom on the system though so you can get over 400 Gameboy Advance games to try out now.

            Nintendo had the plans to have some kind of Modem network like the Sega Dreamcast, Xbox, and PS2 had but sadly there are only two games I know of that supports it (Phantasy Star Online I & II and Phantasy Star Online III C.A.R.D.). Nintendo doesn't believe online gaming isn't very profitable so they skipped on the whole thing for this system. Yeah, that was sure a kick in the teeth.

            Bottom-line: Although the Gamecube looks unique, it's really not that original to be honest at least in my opinion. First off you have the twin memory cards slots in front of the system just like hundreds of other consoles and the Gamecube controller looks just like the PS2 pad here but now the C Stick sucks worse then an 90 year old grandma. Despite the newer upgrade many of the launch games are mostly sequels from Nintendo 64 games unfortunately (like Rogue Leader RS II and Wave Race Bull S#^t) and compared to line up of the PS2 and Xbox the GC list of games is a lot smaller. This was still Nintendo's first disc based game system so they are still testing the waters so to speak but there is no excuse for the games to take so damn long. The Gamecube is a good safe bet and it's even cheaper than a Xbox and PS2 and you have to like that but the limitions are just too big to agnore so buy with caution.

            Game Cube overall rating: 60/100

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            -StarSoldier1
            Ryan Genno (2007)

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              15.12.2006 20:30
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              Well worth the money - great console

              Although it was more than four and a half years ago that this console was first released here in Europe, the Nintendo Gamecube is still just as fun and entertaining as it was when first released, just like its predecessors e.g. the Nintendo 64.

              The release date for Europe was May 3rd 2002, while in Japan it was September 14th 2001. I bought mine with the release of Zelda: Wind Waker in May the following year. I got a limited edition pack with a platinum coloured console, controller and the game included. One thing I was surprised about when I first opened mine was the size - it was much smaller than I expected. The console is shaped like a cube, hence the name Gamecube and the game discs are loaded into it from the top. I'll go back to the discs themselves soon. Its compact design makes it easy to store, even in my overcrowded bedroom. On top of the disc loader is a small circle with the Gamecube logo in the centre but this can be changed simply buy taking of the plastic protector and inserting the picture of your choice underneath it. There is a small orange light below this, which goes on whenever you switch the console on. The power button is at the top left of the disc loader, the reset button to the lower left and the open button to the lower right. On the front of the console are the four controller ports and two memory card slots on a grey square shaped panel. There is also a small, black rounded handle on the back.

              The design of the controller is actually similar to that of the Nintendo 64 controller, so anyone who is used to this controller system will find it easy to use. That isn't to say that the controller system is difficult to start using is you've never played any video games before. On the top left there is the control stick and below that slightly to the right is the D-pad, both are used for moving around. The start button is in the centre and this is used mostly to start and pause games. On the top right is the A button and just below it to the left is the B button. The A button is green in colour and large while the B button is much smaller and red in colour. Usually A is used to jump and B to attack in games. Just above the A button are two small grey buttons called X and Y and their function varies in games. On the top of the controller just above these buttons is the Z button, which also has varied uses in games, and next to that is the R (right) button while opposite it is the L (left) button. Again, these buttons do different things depending on what game your playing. Below the B button and right of the D-pad is the new C button control stick. On the N64 the C buttons were just four buttons pointing in different directions. Now there is a stick to control them. For me this is the only disadvantage of the controller as I find it very fiddly but other than that this controller is very simple to use. Both the console and controllers are available in different colours including the original purple as well as black, white and in Japan copper and white with black pinstripe versions were even released.
              The Gamecube uses 8cm or 3 1/8” game discs instead of the usual 12cm disc size of DVDs and competitor console games e.g Playstation 2 games. They are packaged in cases which are the same size as DVD cases though. Round about the time of the Gamecube’s release I heard people saying that these smaller discs would break more easily, but I find that larger discs are actually more likely to break since there is more of them to break. Another critism of the console is that it doesn’t play DVDs unlike it’s competitor the Playstation 2. Nintendo obviously wanted to focus on producing a good games console rather than an oversized, multi-functional gadget. You can buy a cheap DVD player for as little as £20.

              Game progress is saved on memory cards that come in various sizes measured by blocks, or slots. Different games use different amounts of blocks with some using around 12 or 14 and other using only 3 or 4 – just check the back of a game case to find out or if you’re buying online it’s best to search the game’s memory on another site as most online retailers don’t specify how much memory a game uses. You can buy a 59 slot card and also 251 slot cards. I advise only buying the official Nintendo memory cards as I have read reviews of third party cards where people have lost all progress saved on them. So far I have bought 2 59 block cards and I own 8 games. At the time I got my Gamecube the 251 slot cards weren’t available; otherwise I would have bought one of them. That way I would have had enough memory for all my games and plenty left over for more. The 251 slot card is a bit more expensive but will most likely save you money. Game boxes have a small place to slot the cards in for safekeeping so they can be easy to find and you won’t lose them.
              Some of the launch titles for Gamecube included Super Monkey Ball, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and Luigi’s Mansion. Unlike the N64, Gamecube didn’t use a Super Mario game as a launch title but gave Mario’s little brother Luigi his own game. Since its release there have been many different games released and there is something for everyone e.g. sports games, games based on movies such as Lord of the Rings, adventure games, racing games and fun multiplayer games like Mario Party 4, 5, 6 and 7. There’s plenty for all ages and whether you’re a gamer or not you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

              An advantage that the Gamecube has over the Playstation 2 is that up to four people can play on multiplayer games, providing you have four controllers. I recommend playing a Mario party game with 3 friends - the game is so much more fun to play with other people.
              When you first switch on the console there is a screen with a floating see-through rainbow coloured cube with four options. Even this welcome screen demonstrates just how good the graphics for Gamecube are. To the top you have the game play where you see a screen displaying the game inserted. To the bottom is the screen for managing memory cards where you can view, erase and copy data from one card to another, e.g. to save space. To the left are the options where you can change the screen position, language (which depends on languages available on a game) and change the volume settings. To the right are the time and date settings which affects some games like Wind Waker, where the background of the file select screen changes to night or day depending on what time it is. You only need to set the time and date once and the Gamecube will keep it.

              The Gamecube allows for wonderful graphics - on game in particular that really demonstrates this is Mario Sunshine (see my review).

              At the time of its release the RRP for Gamecube was £129.99, but now it is £79.99. If you want it cheaper I recommend ebay or amazon where you’re sure to find cheaper new and second hand consoles. As always make sure you can trust sellers – check their feedback.
              The Gamecube is a sophisticated, fun and affordable console with a diverse range of games which will keep you entertained for hours, whether you’re racing against friends or exploring the land of Hyrule in Legend of Zelda.

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                13.09.2006 21:44

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                ok its not the most graphically advanced machine and with the next gen nearly out its easy to over look the gamecube but you really shoudnt with classic nintendo game's like zelda, mario, warioware, metroid and many many more. its easy to pic a gamecube console up for around 30 pounds at the moment , that would be 30 pound of anyones money well spent. if you get a game cube then one game that really should be missed out is tales of symphonia as in my opining it is one of the best games ever and is only available on gamecube.

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                bad controller, lacking appeal to older audience

                I bought a game cube sometime after it came out. The first thing i noticed was how difficult the joy-pad was to use, it seemed very counter-intuitive, as if the makers tried too hard to be different from the competitors. I think they should have done the simple thing like Microsoft and Sony did, i.e. four buttons on the front and a couple behind. Its controller also felt kind of cheap.
                I owned it for several months, and bought around 7 games for it. the ones i liked best were Tony Hawks II and Major League Baseball. THe problem was though, that none of the games really caught my interest. I played Medal of honour of this system, and compared with the version on the playstation, it seemed badly drawn and un involving. This seemed to be a common theme with games which i played.
                The lack of a DVD option is in my opinion a massive down point, the makers wanted to make it a purely gaming experience. But why not include the DVD. This is another reason why i would prefer its two competitors, the Xbox and Playstation. expect to pay a lot less now for it than I did, with it being under 100 pounds, this is a good point, also a lot of the games have gone down in price. Still, i cant help but think nintendo have lost contact with what gamers want. They seem to be stuck in the glory days of the SNES and NES when gaming was for a much younger audience, players have grown up, and the games need to reflect this change. All in all, i would not recommed it, the only saving grace being the lower price now offered.

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                  Want to buy a games console ? Not sure which one to go for ?
                  Maybe I can enlighten you a little bit and try and make you see things from a slightly different perspective.

                  I have been around, walking amongst you game heads for many years. Well since the electronic video games revolution back in the late 1970’s anyway.
                  I have seen many platforms come and go. I have seen manufacturers lies on an all to frequent basis. Why should we believe them anymore ? We shouldn’t !! All except one that is, the mighty Nintendo !

                  Now I’m going to tell you why you should buy one instead of an X-box or Playstation.

                  The answers are as follows :

                  Nintendo launched the mighty GC (gamecube) on September 14th 2001. It has held onto and even enhanced it’s image as being the most fun you can have on a console.

                  Don’t get me wrong, I have had a bit of fun on the X-box and Playstation. But they fall down in one main area, they try to be like PC games, and sadly they will never live up to that mightiest of oppositions. What people tend to forget is that PC’s are constantly updateable and so new and improved software with glossier engines and billions of triangles per second imagery is constantly flooding the market. How do X-box and Playstation respond ? They dump there existing machines in favour of new improved machines. Come Christmas 2005 there will be the launch of X-box 2, Playstation 2 is due even sooner. This means that YOU, the sucker public will find that your new console is rapidly obsolete and be forced to go out and spend another couple of hundred Pounds/Euros on a new and improved machine that will also soon be obsolete.

                  This is where Nintendo win, everything is compatible, you can link your original Game Boy up to this baby and play all your favourite games on the big screen.
                  Nintendo have no plans to launch an improved platform in the near future. Instead they have turned to the developers at ’Rare’, who incidentally helped develop the cube in the first place to come up with more taxing and more fun styled games. Something that other platforms seem to have forgotten is that games should be fun !

                  Nintendo also win on price, at £79.99 for a typical console with pads and games it is at least £30 to £40 cheaper than it’s competitors. Okay, so it won’t play DVD’s but so what ? I recently bought a brand new DVD player for £20 at Richer Sounds, but that’ll be another review !

                  It is much harder for pirates to copy the software on Cube than on others, thanks to it’s uniquely sized disks, this is great news for cube owners believe it or not, let me explain. Piracy floods a market with non-profit making software. This reduces the buoyant market and forces software developers to discontinue developing software for that particular platform, hence poor games that no body wants to play anyway. Cube owners can rest assured that developers are looking more and more at this console and bringing out cutting edge games for it.

                  Now let me go back to why GC is so much fun compared to the others. GC have a vast array of fun party games for children between 3 and 90 years of age. They are simple to pick up and difficult to put down.

                  Playstation and X-box try and produce games to compete with PC, such as Halo and Medal of Honour. Any gamer will tell you that Keyboard and Mouse beats Joypad hands down when it comes to control of 1st and 3rd person games. A good PC will always whip a console on performance. Ask anyone who has enjoyed the Quake or Unreal series on the PC, they’ll tell you that all consoles are ‘Granddad’s brown pants’ by comparison.

                  And finally, Sega are now under Nintendo’s influence, so you’ll see all the best of Sega games now on Nintendo e.g. Sonic the Hedgehog. Atari are also rumoured to be moving towards the piracy free end of the market and I’m sure others will follow suit.

                  So, you know what to do ? Buy a Game Cube and put a smile on everybody’s face, especially your own :O)

                  Thanks

                  Purchasable at Game, WHSmith, Argos, Index and all good leading electrical retailers.

                  Priced around £80 to £120 depending on accessories

                  Games between £5 (second hand) and £40 brand new

                  Easy to set up, carrying handle for easy transport and multiple TV connection choices.

                  Has Bongo’s too if you want to feel really silly !!!




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                    The Gamecube has many features, it looks good, has quite a lot of games that you can buy and play, loads of them that are not on any other console like Pokemon Coliseum, and Pikemin. You can buy the GameCube cheap now, which is really good. It is able to have four controllers, as it has four sockets. I share this console with my brother, like the Playstation 2. We own, Super Smash Bros Melee, which is a Nintendo burly brawl game, you can be Pikachu, or Mario, any of them. Then we have Zelda Wind Waker, which is the newest Zelda game, it came with Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Master Quest, these two other games are old Zelda games, they are both the same, but Master Quest is harder, that’s all. Wind Waker is yet another new story of the Zelda franchise. Then we have Sonic Adventure, which was originally released on the Dreamcast, but the made a special edition one for the Gamecube.

                    We have more games, but i'm not going to talk about them. The controllers are easy to use, not too big, and not too small, just the right size. The graphics capability is great, it is cartoony graphics, better then the Playstation 2, as the Playstation 2 is only 128 BIT, and the Gamecube is 256 BIT. The sound of the console is also great, you can even hear it much which is good, and it is not loud like the XBOX. Definitely an advantage. The console is very easy to use, you have three buttons, one is to open the CD ROM cover, the next one is to reset the machine, and the third one is to turn the console on. You have memory cards for this console, as it does not have a processor.

                    You can get the Gamecube in two different colours, you can have it in regular purple, or have it as jet black, depending what you fancy. The Instruction Manual was very handy, it tells you how to install the Gamecube, and everything else like what features, how to use it. You will have some support phone numbers and websites on the back of the manual, just in case you need help on what you are doing, or some additional feedback. You have a scart lead and a plug, all you have to do it plug them in, and then you are ready to play your Gamecube console.

                    There are no features really, you can’t listen to music as it is mini disc, you can’t really play DVD's on a mini disc, but I’ve heard that it will be internet compatible. That’s the shame about the Gamecube, but it does have some great games, like, Pikmin, Pokemon Coliseum, 007 James Bond games, and lots lots lots more. There is one feature that you can get, you can buy a Game Boy Advance hooker, which enables you to play your Game Boy Advance using the big TV, which is much better then the tiny screen that you have on your Game Boy Advance of SP. This costs around £30 - £80 I think, if any worry’s check out www.game.net, and they will have what you need.

                    The Gamecube console costs around £80 - £140, depending where you get it from, it is worth your money, especially compared to Playstation 2 £100 - £140 and XBOX £100 - £160, so the Gamecube is good value, in my point of view anyways. The games cost around £20 - £40, and £5 - £40 from Game Station. Very good value, the only problem with Game Station is that it is Pre-Owned games, if you don’t mind getting those type of games, then you have no worry’s, have have not had any problems, and you get 28 days warranty.

                    In my opinion, I think this console deserves a 3 star, it has good games, I like the console, but only 3 star because it don’t have many features, and that’s probably it, because I love the games for it, now you can get them on some other consoles depending on what games they are. I hope this review has been helpful to you.

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                      The Nintendo Gamecube is an amazing console.It has superb graphics which can easily beat the PS2's graphics and rival or beat the graphical power of the xbox.There is a fantastic selection of brilliant games,such as Metroid Prime,Mario Kart:Double Dash,Viewtiful Joe,Wave Race:Blue Storm,F Zero-GX and so many more.It comes at an unbelievably good price which means that you won't be completely out of pocket.The controllers are well designed and fit quite nicely into your hand.Due to the size of the gamecube it is possible to bring it to your friends house quite easily which is yet another good point.I have an Xbox and a gamecube and I honestly have not touched my Xbox since getting the gamecube as I have been addicted to my gamecube.In my oppinion the gamecube is the most pleasing and entertaining console which means that I rate the gamecube at number 1,the xbox at number 2 and the rather poor PS2 at number 3.By the way I do not have careless literacy skills,for some reason the capital letters do not come up for me on this website so that is the reason.

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                      The Nintendo GameCube system is loaded with innovative features. From its fast loading, high capacity optical disk to its four controller ports, Nintendo GameCube was made to provide you with the most entertaining gaming experience possible.

                      One look at the Nintendo GameCube hardware and you know it's different. The compact shape is not only practical - the unique design is symbolic of Nintendo's commitment to focus on creating the world's most original and innovative video games.

                      Nintendo GameCube is focused on fun. With a game library of hundreds of titles in all possible genres, powerful technical specs, and a cast of exclusive characters unrivalled by any other system, players in search of a great gaming experience need look no farther.