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ニンテンドーゲームキューブ Nintendo GameCube
A Platinum Nintendo GameCube
|| September 14, 2001
| North America:
|| November 18, 2001
|| May 3, 2002
|| May 17, 2002
| South Korea:
| Hong Kong:
- Custom 485 Mhz IBM CPU
- Custom 162 MHz ATI graphics chip
- 40MB total memory
- 2.6 GB per second memory bandwidth
- 12M polygons per second
- Texture read bandwidth 10.4 GB per second
- 64 audio channels
- 3-inch Optical Disc Technology (1.5 GB)
The Nintendo GameCube (officially abbreviated GCN, NGC in Japan) is Nintendo's sixth-generation console. 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. It is a powerful system, with a compact design, 4 controller ports, a controller with an ergonomic design, small but large-capacity discs, a large game library, connectivity with the Game Boy Advance and a form of online play. In 2006, it was succeeded by Wii, which also features ports for most GameCube hardware as well as compatibility for its software.
The controller for the GCN had a strange design with four main buttons(A,B,X,Y, a control stick, a start/pause button, both an L and R button, a Z button located near the R button, a D-Pad, and a C Stick(which replaced the N64's four C-buttons). Many different versions of the contoller have been released including a miniature version, one with a built-in fan, and a wireless version.
The GCN does not have built in memry. Instead it uses Memory Cards that hold the saved data in a "block" format. You Can move, copy,and delete data from the memrory cards. These memory cards are needed to play GCN games on the Wii console. The memory cards come with different memory capacities and are mainly made by third-party companies.
A special version of the GameCube was released by Panasonic with the ability to play DVDs and audio CDs as well as GameCube games. It was named the Panasonic Q and was only available in Japan.
One additional Pokémon game (Meowth's Party) was announced for the GameCube, but later was canceled. It was incorporated into Pokémon Channel as an episode of Pichu Bros. in Party Panic.
A special GameCube was manufactured for Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. It is silver in color and features the XD logo and Shadow Lugia in place of the Nintendo GameCube logo.
In addition, a set of Pokémon XD-themed decals were available as a bonus for preordering Pokémon XD.