The GameCube At 20: An Ode To Nintendo’s Underrated Console

It was a Saturday in 2002. My brother won a console through a morning phone-in, and complete with a copy of Mary-Kate And Ashley: Sweet 16 – Licensed To Drive, we booted up the Nintendo GameCube for the first time.

In an era when Microsoft and Sony were locking horns over the original Xbox and the PlayStation 2, Nintendo was doing what it does best – delivering a family favourite console of first-party games.

It was a new millennium, and keen to make Mario a 21st century boy, Nintendo catapulted this purple powerhouse onto the gaming scene in a big way.


Back then, we were fresh off the success of the Nintendo 64 and some of the best video games of all time with the likes of Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, and The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. 

Something obviously had to come next, and with Nintendo scrapping plans for the 64DD (it never made it out of Japan), the acorn of the GameCube started to grow.

20 years after the GameCube first released in Japan, it’s time to reflect on the cube-like console that swapped Mario’s red overalls for a pair of purple ones.

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Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

Contributing Writer

Tom Chapman is a Manchester-based writer with square eyes and the love of a good pun. Raised on a diet of Jurassic Park and Jumanji, this '90s boy had VHS movies flowing in his blood from a young age. These days, he's addicted to all things Watchmen, Game of Thrones, and The Mandalorian, while reading up on what the X-Men are doing and imagining a life in Gotham City. Having previously worked at What Culture, Movie Pilot, and Screen Rant, Tom is now finding his way at Zavvi, Digital Spy, Radio Times, and Comic Book Resources. No topic is too big or too small for this freelance writer by day, crime-fighting vigilante by night