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.
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About The Nintendo GameCube
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 that strangely ‘unlocked’ the system’s 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.