Nintendo GameCube

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Nintendo GameCube
ニンテンドーゲームキューブ Nintendo GameCube
A Platinum Nintendo GameCube
Release dates
Japan: September 14, 2001
North America: November 18, 2001
Europe: May 3, 2002
Australia: May 17, 2002
South Korea: N/A
China: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Technical specs
  • 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)
Related information
Console generation: Sixth generation
Pokémon generations: III
Console type: Home
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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 memory. 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.

Pokémon games

Title Genre Release
Super Smash Bros. Melee Versus fighting 2001
Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire Utility 2003
Pokémon Channel Virtual pet 2003
Pokémon Colosseum RPG 2003
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness RPG 2005

With Game Boy Player

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Red and Green Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Blue Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Red and Blue Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Yellow Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Trading Card Game Card game 1998
Pokémon Pinball Pinball 1999
Pokémon Gold and Silver Main series RPG 1999
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Puzzle 2000
Pokémon Crystal Main series RPG 2000
Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! Card game 2001
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Main series RPG 2002
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Pinball 2003
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Main series RPG 2004
Pokémon Emerald Main series RPG 2004
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005
Pokémon Picross Picross Unreleased


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.

Pokémon specials

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.

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