Unlike the first three consoles (the NES, Super NES and Nintendo 64 -- which are all analog game systems), the GameCube is shaped like a three-dimensional cube. And like the Nintendo 64, it can fit up to four controllers. The GameCube has a power switch, a reset button and an eject button that is used to open the lid and insert game discs (which are the size of an 8 cm mini DVD, marking the GameCube as the first digital console ever made by Nintendo). The controller has a Control Stick on the left, a Start Button in the middle, and Y/X/B/A Buttons on the right. Between the Control Stick and the Start Button is the Control Pad; the yellow C Stick is between the Start Button and the Y/X/B/A Buttons. On the top are the L and R Buttons; below the R Button is a blue Z Button. The game disc is pocket sized. You can also use the Game Boy Player to play Game Boy Advance games on the GameCube. 

The GameCube was unveiled on August 24, 2000, along with the Game Boy Advance, and was released in Japan on September 14, 2001, in North America on November 18, 2001, and in most other countries in 2002.

This system was sold at a price of $199.99 in 2001, but was reduced to $99.99 in 2004. GameCube games carry roughly 1.36 GB of data, as they are stored in miniDVD sized optical discs.


Some notable games for the GameCube include Luigi's Mansion (2001), Super Mario Sunshine (2002), Kirby Air Ride (2003), and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004).

The last games were released in 2007 (ones focusing on Mario were last released in 2005, and Sonic in 2006).



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