Nintendo GameCube

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Nintendo GameCube
ニンテンドーゲームキューブ Nintendo GameCube
An Indigo Nintendo GameCube
Release dates
Japan: September 14, 2001
North America: November 18, 2001
Europe: May 3, 2002
Australia: May 17, 2002[1]
South Korea: December 14, 2002
China: N/A
Hong Kong: 2002
Taiwan: November 21, 2002
Technical specs
  • Custom 485 Mhz IBM CPU
  • Custom 162 MHz ATI graphics chip
  • 40 MB total memory (24 MB 1T-SRAM, 16 MB DRAM)
  • 2.6 GB per second memory bandwidth
  • 12 M 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: I*, II*, III
Console type: Home
Jet Black
Emerald Blue*
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The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ニンテンドーゲームキューブ Nintendo GameCube), officially abbreviated GCN (Japanese: NGC), 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, four controller ports, a controller with an ergonomic design, small but large-capacity discs, a large game library, connectivity with the Game Boy Advance with a special Game Link Cable, 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.

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. A special GameCube edition calculator was given out to store employees at various locations selling GameCube consoles for retail use during the release of the Nintendo GameCube.


GameCube disc

The controller for the GameCube is designed with four main buttons (A, B, X, Y, a control stick, the start button, an L and R button, Z button, a D-Pad, and a C Stick). Many versions of the controller have been released including a miniature version, one with a built-in fan, and a wireless version.


The GameCube does not have built in memory. Instead, it uses memory cards that hold the saved data in a "block" format. The user can move, copy, and delete data from the memory cards. These memory cards are needed to play GameCube games on Wii. The memory cards come with different memory capacities and are mainly made by third-party companies.

Pokémon games

Title Genre Release
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 Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR! Card game 2001
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Main series RPG 2003
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

Special Pokémon editions

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 pre-order bonus for Pokémon XD.


GameCube controller look-alike in Pichu Bros. in Party Panic!

At the beginning of the 3D animated part of Pichu Bros. in Party Panic! (at the end of Part 4), Meowth is holding what appears to be a GameCube controller while at the computer.

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Game systems with Pokémon games
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Nintendo home consoles
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Sega consoles