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The Nintendo Gamecube

January 03, 2019

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It's now Nintendo's turn in the spotlight. They've got a new console coming out, just like everyone else, kinda. The Nintendo Gamecube will be one of the last to hit the street this year, it arrives in Oct. 2001, and it's a bit of an oddball.

First off it's tiny. I mean really tiny. The PS2 and the Xbox are about the size of a VCR, the Gamecube is about the size of a stack of CD cases. (16 of 'em, I measured). It's 4.3"X6"X6", Height, Width, Length and it comes with a handle.

Secondly it doesn't use regular CDs. It packs its games onto tiny mini-CDs a little over 3 inches across. Although they're small they still pack a whopping 1.5 gigs of info, more than double a regular CD. The games aren't going to be shrunk, just the CD.

The third weird thing about the Gamecube are the controllers, all three of them. There's the regular controller and a wireless controller nicknamed the 'WaveBird'. That's two and they're pretty normal. But you can also use your Game Boy Advance(GBA) as a controller. It lets you transfer info from Gamecube to GBA and back as well as play games. It's gonna be able to do some cool tricks once they play around with it for a while.

Tiny size, carrying handle, three controllers... Is this a joke? Well if you check the specs on the Gamecube you'll see they aren't joking. It's packing a 405Mhz CPU with 16MB of RAM and a 24MB GPU. Not as fast as the Xbox but it outdoes anything else and it's got some neat tricks. It can do dial-up or broadband internet. Take your pick. The GBA hookup will make for some crazy interactive games. The Gamecube isn't playing the power game like everyone else, it's up to something different and it'll be interesting to watch.

For more info check out what Nintendo has to say.

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Nickname: deathkiller
Age: 11

Xbox rules. It has sweet games. Its a dvd, game console, and a cd player. Also it was rated the best in Guiness Book of World Records of 2003.

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