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Nintendo GameCube Console

The Nintendo GameCube is a home video game console released by Nintendo in Japan and North America in 2001 and in PAL territories in 2002. The GameCube is Nintendo’s entry in the sixth generation of video game consoles and is the successor to their previous console, the Nintendo 64. The GameCube competed with Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s Xbox.

The GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium. The discs are in a miniDVD-based format but the system was not designed to play full-sized DVDs or audio CDs unlike its competitors, and mainly focused on gaming instead. The console supports limited online gaming for a small number of games via a GameCube broadband or modem adapter and can connect to a Game Boy Advance with a link cable, which allows players to access exclusive in-game features using the handheld as a second screen and controller like a Wii U.

  • Developer – Nintendo
  • Manufacturer – Nintendo, Foxconn
  • Type – Home video game console
  • Generation – Sixth generation
  • Lifespan – 2001–2007
  • Discontinued – WW: 2007
  • Media – GameCube Game Disc, Game Pak (Game Boy Player required)
  • Operating system – Proprietary Nintendo operating system
  • CPU – 32-bit IBM PowerPC 750CXe Gekko @ 486 MHz
  • Memory – 24MB of 1T-SRAM @ 324MHz as system RAM, 3MB of embedded 1T-SRAM as video RAM, 16MB of DRAM as I/O buffer RAM
  • Removable storage – GameCube memory card (16 MB max. capacity)
  • Display – Composite video, S-Video (NTSC consoles only), RGB SCART (PAL consoles only), YPBPR component video/d-terminal (DOL-001 models only)
  • Graphics – ATI Flipper GPU @ 162 MHz with 3MB embedded 1T-SRAM
  • Sound – Analogue stereo (Dolby Pro Logic II)
  • Controller input – GameCube controller, WaveBird, Game Boy Advance, various other input devices, Connectivity – 900 MHz/2.4 GHz wireless RF via WaveBird receiver, Broadband via GameCube Broadband Adapter, 56k Dial-up via GameCube Modem Adapter
  • Power – 46-watt AC adapter (DOL-001), 48-watt AC adapter (DOL-101)
  • Online services – LAN, Phantasy Star Online, Homeland
  • Dimensions -150 × 161 × 110 mm, 5.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 in (width × depth × height)
  • Mass – 2.4 kg, 5 lb. 5 oz.
  • Best-selling game – Super Smash Bros. Melee, 7.09 million (as of March 10, 2008)
  • Backward compatibility – Select Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games (requires Game Boy Player)
  • Predecessor – Nintendo 64
  • Successor – Wii

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