Gaming Consoles- Nintendo GameCube: (2001)


During the late-90’s and early 00’s we began to notice a huge transition from 2d to 3d gaming.  From the mid to late 90’s many different consoles such as Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, along with 3Do focused on 3d graphics and animation in various titles.  When the Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 many people were excited about popular titles such as: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  After the release of the Nintendo 64 many people thought the game console was just as great as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  However, when Nintendo GameCube was released in late 2001 many people were generally impressed by console itself.


The Nintendo Gamecube was unique because it the first console the company had produced that used optical discs rather than the traditional cartridges utilized in previous game systems.  The use of 1.5 GB optical discs was an essential component of the game console due to the fact that GameCube had the Dolphin OS operating system which featured 128-bit graphics.  This game system had featured many classic titles such as: Mario Kart Double Dash, Naruto Clash of Ninja 2, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Sonic Adventure 2 and Super Smash Bros Melee.  Along with having many classic titles  GameCube had included a broadband adapter and a modem adapter for certain games such as Phantasy Online I &II Plus and Mario Kart Double Dash.


After being released in late 2001 it has been reported that Nintendo GameCube as sold 21 million worldwide  with Super Smash Bros Melee being the best selling game on the console.  Many people would argue that one of the advantages that Nintendo GameCube had over the PlayStation 2 included the multiplayer titles that allowed up to four people on one game. While having up to four players on certain games is possible for the PlayStation 2 it would require people to purchase a multitap and more controllers opposed to just buying more joysticks for GameCube.  Also, similar to the PlayStation 2 people have can buy memory cards that contains up to 64 megabytes giving players the option to save their progress throughout their respective game.   Having memory cards were especially useful for long RPG titles that would require hours of sacrifice in exchange for game completion.  Despite, the increased level of competition provided by  PlayStation 2 & Xbox many people would agree that Nintendo GameCube was definitely one of the most enjoyable game systems of the 2000’s decade.



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