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Nintendo Game Cube
The GameCube console
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game console
Generation Sixth generation
Release date
  • Japan - September 14, 2001
  • North America - November 18, 2001
  • Europe - May 3, 2002
Units sold Worldwide: 21.74 million
Media Mini DVDs
Storage Card based
Controller input Standard Gamecube Controller or Wireless "Wavebird".
Connectivity Broadband Adapter or Modem Adapter
Compatibility with Game Boy Advance software with Game Boy Player add-on.
Predecessor Nintendo 64
Successor Wii

The Nintendo GameCube is the fourth video game console made by Nintendo. Nintendo's previous console was called the Nintendo 64. Nintendo's next console is called the Wii.

The Nintendo GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use discs to store the games. Unlike other consoles at the time, the GameCube uses small discs instead of full-size DVDs.

The GameCube also had many new features compared to other Nintendo video game consoles, and was the first Nintendo console to officially support Internet play (playing together without wires). It could also connect to the Game Boy Advance to allow special features in some games.

The console was released on September 14, 2001 in Japan, November 18, 2001 in North America, May 3, 2002 in Europe and May 17, 2002 in Australia. The GameCube sold 21.74 million units worldwide.


The GameCube's controllers have two analog joysticks. In many games, one of them is used to control a character, while the other is used to control the camera, or some other secondary function. In addition to the analog sticks and the directional pad (D-pad), there are eight buttons: A, B, Y, X, L, R, Z and Start.

Nintendo later released a wireless version of the controller, called the WaveBird. Instead of wires, it used RF signals to communicate with the console and was powered by standard AA batteries.

Popular Games

The Nintendo Gamecube was known of its popular first games, which includes:

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