Nintendo Gamecube

System Overview

Released in 2001, the Nintendo GameCube is a sixth generation console. It represents the first optical disc based console from Nintendo rather than its traditional cartridges. The discs are however in a mini format, which addressed Nintendo’s concerns around piracy using standard CD-sized discs.

The GameCube competed with the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox. The system received positive reviews upon launch, however, users were disappointed that the miniature disc size was adopted. The popularity of the DVD format meant this was a missed opportunity. The PS2 also served as a high-quality DVD player, meaning that the PS2 had a real edge over the GameCube. The Xbox could also play DVDs, albeit with an add-on peripheral which strangely ‘unlocked’ the systems ability to do this.

Nintendo’s GameCube ultimately finished in third place behind the PS2 and Xbox. The GameCube sold 22 million units. This was 2 million less than the newcomer, Xbox and a huge 130 million less than the dominant PS2.

The GameCube remained on sale up until 2007.

How to Emulate this system?

Nintendo Gamecube emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Nintendo Gamecube. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles.

Check out RetroArch here

Also, check out the other Nintendo Gamecube emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
Dolphin Dolphin is the best Nintendo GameCube emulator available for Windows, Mac & Linux. It also plays Wii games very well too! Windows / Mac / Linux

Emulating the Nintendo Gamecube using a Raspberry Pi

Unfortunately, the Raspberry Pi does not currently emulate the Nintendo Gamecube sufficiently well enough. However, it is still worth checking them out!

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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