Note: "GCN" is a term also used to describe the entire series of Animal Crossing games on the Nintendo GameCube in a single phrase. The GCN games include Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing 2 (cancelled) and Animal Forest e+. This also includes the IQue Player version of Animal Forest+, Dōbutsu no Mori + (iQue).
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Manufacturer Nintendo Foxconn (DOL-002) Uji Factory (DOL-001)
Type DOL-001
Released Flag of JapanSeptember 14, 2001
Flag of America 19 10 November 18, 2001
Flag of Europe May 3, 2002
Flag of Australia May 17, 2002
Specifications IBM PowerPC Gekko @ 486 MHz

ATI Flipper @ 162 MHz

Predecessor Nintendo 64
Successor Wii


The Nintendo GameCube, codename Project Dolphin and N2000 is Nintendo's fourth home video game console. It is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and predecessor to the Wii. The Nintendo GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its game type (mini CDs, 8 cm in diameter), and the first Nintendo console to use a PowerPC chip. In addition, the GameCube also introduced a variety of connectivity options to Nintendo consoles, and was the third Nintendo console, after the Nintendo 64 and the Japan-only Nintendo 64DD, to support online play officially, via the Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adapter and Modem Adapter. It also enabled connectivity to the Game Boy Advance to access exclusive features of certain games or to use the portable system as a controller for the Game Boy Player. Some well-known GameCube games include Super Mario Sunshine , Metroid Prime and its sequel, Star Fox: Assault, Kirby's Air Ride, and others.

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Release Dates

The Nintendo Gamecube 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. A Japan only hybrid version of a Gamecube and a CD/DVD player called the Panasonic Q also known as the GameQ, was launched on December 13, 2001 and was discontinued on Dec 18, 2003.

Images NGC

The Panasonic Q.

Criticism of the Nintendo GameCube

Nintendo was pressured by electronic companies like Sony (with the PlayStation 2) SEGA (with the Dreamcast) and Microsoft (who debuted in the console market with the Xbox), due to a lack of technological advancement (aside from higher screen resolution and optical discs in place of cartridges). Similarly to the Nintendo 64's cartridge dilemma, the GameCube used 8 cm discs based on the DVD format as a storage medium. Since these discs held less memory than the DVDs used by the competing PS2 and Xbox, the games were forced to be sized down to fit on the discs, making the games inferior in terms of memory, despite the GameCube being much more powerful than the PlayStation 2, though not as powerful as the Xbox.

Nintendo discontinued the Nintendo GameCube on February 22nd 2007; at the end of its lifespan, Its games were discontinued in 2008, following the release of the Wii. The last ever game to be published for the Gamecube was Madden NFL 08 on August 14, 2007.

The GameCube's games are also backwards-compatible with its successor, the Wii.


  • The Nintendo GameCube has made a cameo in City Folk. It appears in the Pink Box item sold in Tom Nook's Store. Another one is the G box item, which is the GameCube logo. It is also available to be downloaded via Wi-Fi within the game as a special item from Nintendo, serving as a storage device. Its successor (or rather, its successor's controller) is also downloadable and serves the same purpose.
  • There are two bonus startups to this console.
    • If one holds 'Z' on one controller during startup, the normal music is replaced with a children's theme (i.e. xylophone, squeaks, a "BOING" sound, and a child's laugh at the end).
    • If one holds 'Z' on all four controllers during startup, the normal music is replaced with a Kabuki-esque theme (i.e. woodblock, samurai battle cries, etc.)
      • All three startups can be watched here.
  • If one speeds up the GameCube's menu theme by about 19 times, it will reveal that the menu theme is an extremely slow version of the Famicom Disk System's startup jingle, as seen here.

Video Game Consoles
Nintendo Entertainment SystemSuper Nintendo Entertainment SystemNintendo 64Nintendo GameCubeNintendo WiiNintendo Wii U
Game BoyGame Boy ColorGame Boy Advance (Micro) • Nintendo DS (DSi) • Nintendo 3DS
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