a sixth generation games console released in 2001, and the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium. Use this tag for questions relating to GameCube games, hardware, system settings, etc. This can also be used for game-related questions on the Panasonic Q.
The Nintendo GameCube is a sixth generation console, the fourth console by Nintendo, released November 18th, 2001, and was ignored or considered minimal by critics in favor of it's rivals, the Playstation 2 and the first Xbox made by Microsoft.
The GameCube was the first Nintendo console to feature game discs as a primary medium, and features an improved controller; both are improvements from problems experienced with the Nintendo 64. The GameCube also features the ability to use Game Boy Advance units as controllers via a special cord, and the Game Boy Player which can play almost any Game Boy game.
Panasonic made an officially licensed version of the Gamecube with DVD playback capabilities, called the Panasonic Q.