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Game Cube: Should We Expect Something New?

A description of an unreleased portable Nintendo GameCube with a dock for connecting to a TV has leaked online in 2020. It seems that the company has been thinking about the ideas implemented in Switch since the beginning of the 2000s.

The Internet drew attention to the leaked Nintendo documentation, apparently, which appeared from the same source as the large-scale data leak (gigaleak) at the end of July. Among other things, users have discovered diagrams and descriptions from attachments to the concept of a portable version of the GameCube, the idea of ​​which the company considered in 2003.

Apparently, it was supposed to be a successor to the GameCube, comparable in power to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The console was really popular and had numerous exclusive games which are now classics. You can download any roms games at if you’d like to remember those great feelings.

It was supposed to have two ports for the controllers of the original console, as well as ports for GameCube and SD memory cards. In the end, it all appeared on the Nintendo Wii, which came out in 2006.

However, the device, which was never launched into production, was supposed to have a special docking station for connecting to a TV – this idea was later partially implemented on the Wii U and Switch. Judging by the leaked presentation from ATI, a partner of Nintendo, the device was going to go on sale by the end of 2005. However, in the end, the concept was abandoned in favor of the Wii.

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Data included in a large leak from Nintendo, are studied from the end of July. Previously, fans found the source code for many of the company’s games there, both released and canceled. However, it is not clear whether the company would continue developing the console. Of course, it is still possible but would it interest many gamers?

Nintendo GameCube – Getting Started with Games

It is impossible to ignore the well-known, but such good games as the Zelda series, Mario, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart, so let’s go over them briefly, especially since some of the best parts of these series were released for GameCube.

  • Two of the all-time favorites Zeldas were released on the Gamecube – Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. They are very different from each other, but each of them is wonderful in its own way and brings something new to the series. Their re-releases are now playable on the WiiU, and the Twilight Princess has also been released on the motion-controlled Wii.

Also on the GameCube, there was a re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with the subtitle Master Quest and a 2D part with a top view and the possibility of co-op The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, where the co-op was carried out using Gameboy Advance handheld consoles connected to the Gamecube.

  • Super Mario Sunshine is an excellent and bright 3d Mario, with fun gameplay and good bosses, but out of the entire line of 3d platformers with a mustachioed Italian, it wasn’t very popular, and compared to Galaxy, it is rather insipid and uninventive.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee fans are considered the best in the whole series while for others the best is SSB Brawl and its global modification Project M, where they combined the merits of Melee and Brawl.
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ another part of Mario Kart with new mechanics of double abilities. It is a good game, although some players don’t like karting. However, there is a good possibility to co-op with friends.
  • The Silicon Knights studio began its creative career with the creation of the first part of the saga about the adventures of Kain – Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and when the series departed from Crystal Dynamics, the Knights began to develop a new, ambitious project on N64, and that was Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. True, the development dragged on and it came out already on the brand new Gamecube, critics loved the game and it received very high marks, now it has 92 points on Metacritic.
  • Almost the entire multi-platform came out on the Gamecube, there is nothing much to talk about, except that the graphics in it were better than on the PS2. However, let’s recall a few games. This is The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction – a game from Radical Entertainment and the forerunner of the Prototype series. The second and third installments of the Timesplitters series, Resident Evil Code Veronica X, and the recently retired Nintendo consoles, Resident Evil Remake and Resident Evil Zero.
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Overall, this is a nice console with numerous great games. However, it doesn’t have any value anymore and it is not clear whether the new version will interest many gamers.