What is the Nintendo GameCube?
Originally referred to as "Project Dolphin," GameCube
is Nintendo's next generation 128-bit video game console.
When was the GameCube first unveiled?
GameCube was first unveiled on August 24th, the day before
Nintendo's Spaceworld 2000 show in Japan. On this day Project
Dolphin became "GAMECUBE" and the world got its
first glimpse of the system, controller, peripherals, and
actual game video - Metroid, Zelda, Luigi's Mansion, and Waverace
were just a few of the demos to amaze onlookers. Atlantis
was also unveiled as the Game Boy Advance that very same day
at Spaceworld 2000 as well. (Images courtesy Planet GameCube)
The next generation Nintendo console, Game%$#& what? Nintendo
is very specific as to the correct and incorrect ways of spelling
the new system's name and abbreviations. While we, like most
of you, are content with "GameCube," Nintendo prefers
references to the system to make a preceding mention of the
company name. The official spellings of the console name are
"NINTENDO GAMECUBE" and "Nintendo GameCube"
(proper abbreviation, "GCN"). To be crystal clear
on all levels...
What does the GameCube cost?
The official price of the system as suggested by Nintendo
is $199.99 in North America.
medium are GameCube software titles stored on?
utilizes a mini-DVD format with a storage capacity of 1.5
Why doesn't the GameCube have a modem?
Nintendo decided to ship the system without a modem attached.
Instead, users have the option of purchasing a slow 56k modem
or a high speed DSL or Cable modem for the system. This enables
users to chose the connection method that is best for them...
leaving a user base that is not biased towards a slow connection
that is not as effective for online multiplayer games
What's included in the box when I buy a GameCube?
in the box with your GameCube is: 1 GameCube Console, 1 Controller,
1 Power Cord, (more as information develops).
the GameCube backwards compatible with N64 games?
No. The GameCube runs on a mini-DVD medium while the Nintendo
64 was a cartridge based system. With far more developers
signed up for the GameCube than ever were signed up for the
N64, is backwards compatibility really wanted? GameCube presents
a dramatic leap in capability and such a great difference
in hardware, backwards compatibility just isn't worth it.
Can I play music CDs and video DVDs on the GameCube?
The GameCube utilizes a proprietary mini-DVD software format.
For technological and economic reasons Nintendo chose not
to enable DVD or CD playback in units. Matsushita (Panisonic)
in a partnership with Nintendo is however creating a DVD-enabled
does the Game Boy Advance interact with the GameCube?
Boy Advances can be connected to a GameCube through the controller
ports on the system. The connection may enable GBA play on
a television sets for Game Boy Advance users tired of the
units dim screen. Further, the connection may unlock
secret characters or allow for the download of mini-games
streamed from GameCube titles. The technological possibilities
from the connection are endless and serve to further set the
GameCube apart from the competition. The Game Boy Advance
screen may be used as a reference map, compass, hint provider,
or other. The system itself may be used as a GameCube controller
for titles with only basic digital control requirements.