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GameCube About the GameCube

The Nintendo GameCube (officially abbreviated to NGC in Japan and GCN in North America) is a video game console released by Nintendo on September 15, 2001 in Japan, November 18, 2001 in North America, May 3, 2002 in Europe, and May 17, 2002 in Australia. It was the successor to the Nintendo 64. As part of the sixth generation of gaming, the Nintendo GameCube competed with the Dreamcast (which stopped sales before GameCube went on sale), PlayStation 2 and the Xbox.

The Nintendo GameCube was the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium, after several aborted projects from Nintendo and its partners to utilize optical-based storage media. In contrast with the GameCube's contemporary competitors, the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, the GameCube uses mini-DVD-based discs instead of full-size DVDs. Partially as a result of this, it does not have the DVD-Video playback functionality of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox systems, nor the audio CD playback ability of other consoles that use full-size optical discs.

Also, the GameCube introduced a variety of connectivity options to Nintendo consoles and was the first Nintendo console outside of Japan to support online play officially, via the Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adapter and Modem Adapter (sold separately). However, its online service only had four games and was not heavily promoted - Xbox Live, PS2 Online, and SegaNet/Dreamarena were more ahead in the online competition. It also enabled connectivity to the Game Boy Advance to access exclusive features of certain games or to use the portable system as a controller for the Game Boy Player.

Its successor, the Wii was released in November 2006. The GameCube sold 21.74 million units worldwide and was discontinued on February 22, 2007.

Panasonic also released a DVD player hybrid of the console, the Panasonic Q, which was only released in Japan.

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