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Nintendo GameCube
An indigo GameCube with 251-block memory card inside (right) and GameCube controller
Also known asDolphin (code name)
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSixth generation
Release dateSeptember 14, 2001[1] NA
Retail availability2001 (2001)–2009 (2009)
Introductory price$199[2]
DiscontinuedOctober 28, 2007 AUS
Units sold
  • Worldwide: 21.75 million
  • Americas: 12.94 million
  • Japan: 4.04 million
  • Other regions: 4.77 million[3]
Operating systemProprietary Nintendo operating system
CPU32-bit IBM PowerPC 750CXe Gekko @ 485 MHz
  • 24 MB of 1T-SRAM @ 324MHz as system RAM
  • 3 MB of embedded 1T-SRAM as video RAM
  • 16 MB of DRAM as I/O buffer RAM
Removable storageGameCube memory card (16 MB max. capacity)
GraphicsATI Flipper GPU @ 162 MHz with 3MB embedded 1T-SRAM
SoundAnalog stereo (Dolby Pro Logic II)
Controller inputGameCube controller, WaveBird, Game Boy Advance, various other input devices
Online services
Dimensions150 × 161 × 110 mm[5]
5.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 in
(width × depth × height)
Weight2.4 kg[5]
5 lb. 5 oz.
Best-selling gameSuper Smash Bros. Melee, 7.09 million (as of March 10,  2008 (2008 -03-10))[6]
Select Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games via Game Boy Player
PredecessorNintendo 64
WebsiteOfficial website

The Nintendo GameCube (also called GameCube, NGC, GCN, or GC for short) is the fourth video game home console made by Nintendo. Nintendo's previous console was called the Nintendo 64. Nintendo's next console is called the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006 with models released before November 2011 being backwards compatible with GameCube games. The last game for the console was Madden NFL 08 (also released for the Wii and Nintendo DS), which was released on August 14, 2007. However, first-party development ended six months prior.

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 Player to allow special features and play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance 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 was discontinued in early 2009 to focus production on the Wii and DS.[3]


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 for its popular first games, including:



  1. Requires the use of the Digital AV port, which was removed from later models