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Submitted by taijutsu363 1546d ago | opinion piece

Six reasons the GameCube is the best system of all time

Ten years is a mighty long time, but it feels like just yesterday we drove to our local Sam Goody to pick up the system alongside Super Money Ball, Rogue Leader and Tony Hawk 3. Though it wasn’t the most popular system of its time, and statistically-speaking the Cube was Nintendo’s worst-selling system, we heart the purple square, and you should too. For reasons other than its better-than-you-remember game library, it may be the best console of all time. (GameCube, Gamecube, Nintendo, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)

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SandWitch  +   1547d ago
I disagree with this this article
It may be one of the best, but definitely not the best. Mainly because of lack of games - GC only has 640 versus 2000+ PS2 games.

Also the design is cute and original but not attractive for masses.
Pikajew  +   1547d ago
Just because something has more games doesn't mean it has better games
decrypt  +   1547d ago
Well the greatest system of them all the PC, Actually is capable of emulating 95% of those games. Plus it has BC of nearly 25years, no other system is capable of such BC.

Niether does anyother system give the user the kind of freedom the PC platform has to offer mods etc. Also the system isnt under the control of some company. Current consoles are completely under the control of MS and Sony they may take away features as they please make gamers play as they please.

Imo PC is the ultimate gaming platform of all time.
Tanir  +   1546d ago
um gamecube was horrible, it had almost no 3rd party support, had Some good games, def under 20, and came out the latest and left the earliest.

the ps2 was far better, hundreds of better games, just so many.

oh and the GC controller is garbage, yuck
topgeareasy  +   1546d ago
PS2 had quantity and quality over the gamecube
inveni0  +   1546d ago
One reason it's not the greatest of all time: PS3.

My PS3 is literally the best electronic investment I've ever made (besides a TV).
BitbyDeath  +   1546d ago
@decrypt, i dunno.
PC is like a high maintenance woman that always goes spending your money.

Where as I'd rather one that costs less, and doesn't consume so much of your time on the boring things. (upgrades, maintenance etc)

Thus i like consoles more :-p
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SilentNegotiator  +   1546d ago
And regardless of that truth, the Gamecube does NOT have more or better games than the playstation 2.
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brish  +   1546d ago
The best system for games hasn't been created yet.
death2smoochie  +   1546d ago
PS2 had MANY games that were shovelware.
The PS2 did have some of the best games bat none...but it also had many more shovelware titles than any other system out at that time...
That's the price for being the most popular console.
Look at the Wii?
Has some great games...but most of the games out are shovelware. More so than the other systems.

More does not equate to better.
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zu4G  +   1546d ago
i dissagree,

ps2 is better
ssb3173  +   1546d ago
The quantity of games doesn't matter, its all about the qualiity. Thge gamecube had the qualitty games, all it lacked were the sales
seinfan  +   1546d ago
I loled when I read the title.
CrimsonEngage  +   1547d ago
Whoever reported this can go to hell.
thebudgetgamer  +   1547d ago
Could never get past the controller. I just think it's not good.
BitbyDeath  +   1546d ago
I agree, not sure what is with Nintendo and shitty controllers, but they sure seem to go out of their way creating them. It's probably some sort of internal joke that give Nintendo a good laugh when displaying them.

Kind of like the vehicle Mr Garrison made on South Park. "IT".
Venox2008  +   1547d ago
Gamecube's Wavebird wiress controller still is the best that I ever played (still have it) :) graphics is really was the best of all three (not counting multiplatform games that were looking like PS2 games) (RE4, RE:make, RE:0, Luigi's mansion, mario sunshine, wind waker and some more) ..yep it's not the best console, but hell, it had ones of the best games! :)
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ambientFLIER  +   1546d ago
You think that Gamecube's graphics were the best out of the three consoles...which included the original Xbox?????? Lol...
Venox2008  +   1546d ago
it had the best graphics of all three.. just look at exclusives, not at multiplatform titles.. look at least at metroid prime and RE4
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ambientFLIER  +   1546d ago
I did look at exclusives. Metroid looked great, but the Gamecube could never visually match Halo 2, or any other of the top games on the xbox. How could it, when the xbox had far more processing power and ram? The GC couldn't do native 720P like the xbox, either. Why would the gamecube have the best graphics when it was weaker in every way than the xbox? Just look at the technical specs...
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Projekt7tuning  +   1546d ago
Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 after a few beers with your buddy's. Monkey Drop was the best mini game ever for drunken friends in their mid to early 20s.

@ ambientFLIER
Technically it was, But you had to order the component cable from Nintendo in order to use the Progressive scan output. It was basically a little Mac with a more powerful Ati video card than the Xbox's Nvidia card.
If you look at both of them specs wise, it really was like a Mac VS PC. One had a Power PC CPU with an Ati GPU, the other was a Pentium 3 with an Nvidia GPU. Pretty close in pure spec's, But the Power PC with it's RISC design, was more powerful at the time. That's why the 360, Wii, and PS3 all use a type of Power PC chip today. Nintendo should have made the component cable more easily available, and advertised it more. I ordered mine off their web site before I had even actually bought my Cube lol. Games like Wind Waker were so pretty in progressive vs what you got with S-video.
That's one area where MS did a better job. They had every game support Progressive scan, and had the cable on the shelf next to the system.
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Projekt7tuning  +   1545d ago
Wow I just realized the original Gamecube Component video cable is going for $100 and more on eBay. I still have two of them. Ebay A! lol
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1546d ago
FYI the original Xbox had the best graphics. This isn't an opinion its a fact.
Projekt7tuning  +   1545d ago
No thats still an opinion. Are we talking from a personal aesthetic point of view, which would be opinion? Or from a technical point of view, in which case its a wash. Actually the Cube had a higher theoretical output, not an opinion, but benchmark numbers.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1545d ago
Technical point of view.

Its been proven. I didn't just say it to sound like some Xbox fanboy. Anyways all three systems were awesome and I enjoyed all of them equally.
Projekt7tuning  +   1544d ago
"Anyways all three systems were awesome and I enjoyed all of them equally"
We'll that is something we can both agree on then lol. I was working at Circuit City at the time, selling computer and home theater. I was able to grab the last cube left before X-mas. It was a black one. But I had my dreamcast at home and was kind of pissed at the time at Sony, because I felt like the PS2 hype machine helped kill what was a great system, the Dreamcast. So I got the Cube before X-mas, then the xbox right after, and finally once GT3 came out, I picked up the PS3.( also got the Sony specifically for FF-X.) It was kind of funny in a way because right after I got the PS2, it fell off the entertainment center and killed my Gameboy Advance. The corner of the PS2 went through the Screen. It was Irony at it's best. I finally gave in and bought the PS2 and it Kills what was pretty much my favorite system at the time, my Advance. I loved playing Advance Wars with a buddy from work, while getting Drunk off Abbot Ale, and Black and Tans lol.
Working At the City back then, we were on commission and made really good money. Plus we were able to buy at cost. Back then the Big screen Projection HDTV's were super expensive but they were marked way up. I bought what was at the time, the best HDTV. A Hitachi SWX 53in Ultravision HDTV. The retail was $5,999. I got mine at cost for $2,400 (Yea that was what the mark up was for HDTV's in the early days of HD). Those TV's look like sh!t these days lol. Now I have all Sharp Aquos LCD/LEDs.

The worst thing about the three systems back then were that they all had component output for HD, because HDMI wasn't out yet. And even the best HDTV's back then only had 2 maybe 3 Component inputs. I ended up making my own component switching hub out of S-video/composite switches. You had to join two of them together (double sided tape.) use one for sound, them use the red, white, and yellow inputs for your Red, blue, and Green component inputs. lol What a mess back then, but it all worked.
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Gam3rSinceBiRTH  +   1547d ago
I owned most consoles. I didn't own a gamecube tho. :p
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Baliw  +   1546d ago
Welcome to 2011.
kasasensei  +   1546d ago
Illogical article. If the gc is so great, then the wii is even better!
topgeareasy  +   1546d ago
wii is sh*t

PS2>>>> GC >>>>>>>&g t;>>>>>>>& gt;>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> ;>>>>>>>&g t;>>>>>>>& gt;>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> ;>>>>>>>&g t;>>>>>WII
ronin4life  +   1546d ago
In 10 years time, maybe the wii will receive the appreciation that it rightfully deserves.
However, when it comes to games library, the gamecube has the upperhand over the wii, so it does make sense and is infact, logical.
kasasensei  +   1546d ago
wii = perfect gamecube backward-compatibility
Why bother with a simple gamecube when you can have a wii which i s nothing more that an enhanced gamecube with a few extra good games with motion controls?
wii = gamecube 2.0, nothing but a fact.
oldfriend86  +   1546d ago
The memory cards held next to nothing and the controllers had an awkward design, which also broke easily. No other controller crapped out on me like the gamecube controller. The GC also didn't have access to online during that console generation. Even if PS2's online play was forgettable, it still had it.

The only thing good about it was its portability and the library of "quality" games. Wind Waker and Resident Evil Remake and RE4 for example.
Ocean  +   1546d ago
The Gamecube did have a Broadband fitted underneath the console. Didnt have many games for online play though.
Seventh_Blood_Reborn  +   1546d ago
Ok ...

I' m ready for "Six reasons the Virtual Boy is the best system of all time" now.

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BlmThug  +   1546d ago
S**t article. PS2 deserves that title
Darth Stewie  +   1546d ago
The PS2 does not get articles like 6 reasons the Gamecube or Xbox is the best system of all time because the old king is still alive and kicking ass.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1546d ago

If you actually read the whole entire article, you would see under "Want More?" shows 2 articles about

- Six reasons the Xbox is the best system of all time

- Six reasons the PS2 is the best system of all time
Animals_as_Leaders  +   1546d ago
I owned all 3 consoles that gen and for me it was definitely the best console. Besides a few games, FFX comes to mind; the PS2 was the shovelware console that generation.

Singstar 27 anyone?
ZombieAssassin  +   1546d ago
IMO it had the most shovelware and the best games...Tekken/DMC/Soul Reaver2/FFX/R&C. The only thing I ever played on my Gamecube was Resident Evil 4...funny enough that's all I really used my Wii for too.


Yep like you said to each their own, not everyone has the same tastes.
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Animals_as_Leaders  +   1546d ago
The only thing I played on PS2 was FFX...the only thing I played on Xbox was Kotor and Battlefront...

For me the GC had all the games, to each their own though.
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LettingGo  +   1546d ago didn't play Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, DMC (any), MGS 2 or 3, Ico, Rogue Galaxy, Kingdom Hearts 1 or 2, the Jak series, the Sly series, the Ratchet series, Persona, .Hack, or...any of the hundreds of other quality titles? SERIOUSLY?!?
ronin4life  +   1546d ago
We had most of those series in our house last gen, but I didn't play many of them because they didn't interest me.( SoTC was interesting, but I just couldn't get through it.)
But for those without a gamecube,you missed out on games like Metroid Prime, Fire emblem, paper mario, Rouge squadron, animal crossing, pikmin, and for quite awhile others like RE4 and tales of symphonia.
And there are others I didn't own like Eternal darkness, fzero, and viewtiful joe.
To each their own, but to deny the cube its place as a great console would be a disservice to gaming. Wether it is the best will always be up for debate, but it was certainly one of my favorite consoles.
BitbyDeath  +   1546d ago
Y U B hatin on SingStar.

SingStar would likely have more discs on PS3 if it weren't for being able to purchase songs online.
Noticeably_FAT  +   1546d ago
I still have my old Gamecube, it was great and I will say it helped pave the way for console to portable connectivity and also paved the way for wireless controllers, those Wavebird controllers were tight.

In the end though, the lack of online enabled games makes me pick the original Xbox as my favorite console last generation. I still love the GCN though.
Laxman  +   1546d ago
Well there is no way a ~10 year old console is betetr than todays machines. I mean, if you were given the option of having nothing but a GameCube or a PS3/Xbox 360, which would you honestly choose?

And if we're talking about best for its time/at the time of its release/compared to others around the same generation, Dreamcast takes that cake.
Rattlehead20  +   1546d ago
Defo my favourite of last gen...And that's saying something because I LOVED the PS3.

But it was those nights playing Double Dash and Smash Bros. multiplayer that deal the killer blow for me.
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LettingGo  +   1546d ago
You didn't play a lot of games, did you?
Rattlehead20  +   1546d ago
Yes I did, I'm just saying that the GC gave me endless amounts of multiplayer fun.

Just my opinion of course, and going by your response, god forbid someone doesn't find the PS2 the best..

I also meant to put PS2 in my first post.
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xX-Jak-Xx  +   1546d ago
lol stupid reasons
ps2 = countless numbers of awesome games ( Kingdom Hearts, Ratchet, Jak, Front Mission, DMC and alot more )
Wireless controller is every where
cool graphics and smooth
EyeToy ^^
Pikajew  +   1546d ago
All the consoles had awesome games
Wavebird for GC mainly started wireless controllers
The xbox and GC had better specs
Eyetoy was a gimmick
LettingGo  +   1546d ago
EVERY system has good games. The PS2 had hundreds. The Gamecube and Xbox did not. End of discussion.
ronin4life  +   1546d ago
Lettinggo, it is about the games themselves, not how many there are. If that were the case, ps3 would be the worst console this gen, as it has the smallest library.
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GraveLord  +   1546d ago
hahahahhaha hahahha!
JonnyBigBoss  +   1546d ago
I wouldn't even put it in the top 5 personally.
Megaton  +   1546d ago
Not even top 5. Probably top 10 just because there aren't that many consoles.
Hicken  +   1545d ago
There are at least 30. Hell, half that number came out in gaming's infancy. There were like 5 Atari systems, alone.
mamotte  +   1546d ago
We all know this kind of articles are just a bait for fanboys. It works flawless.
spacedelete  +   1546d ago
I had all consoles last gen. Xbox was the most powerful but had barely any good games ( theres a reason why people only bought it for Halo ). gamecube's only advantage was Nintendo's first party games and a few and I mean a few third party games.

Theres a reason why PS2 has sold over 150 million consoles and thats because of the insane amount of good games. whether it was GTA, MGS, Resident evil, jax and daxter, R&C, Final fantasy, SmackDown the PS2 had something for everyone. gamecube and Xbox were more powerful but PS2 had the both quality and quantity.
schlanz  +   1546d ago
Cube is my favorite alltime system. Might be because Nintendo is my favorite developer, and there were so many fantastic ninty games on it. Fzero, Sunshine, Melee, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime, Pikmin, WarioWare, MarioKart, Fire Emblem, Paper Mario, Luigis Mansion... The list goes on.
ssb3173  +   1546d ago
Probebly not the best, in the top 10 though. It had amazing games andd the specs were great, however not many people appreciated this and it diddnt sell really well. Shame though, it was a great console.
Ch1d0r1  +   1546d ago
GameCube needs 6 reasons? PS2 only needs 1.
Lord_Sloth  +   1546d ago
Any list promoting the GC without PSO on it is insta-fail.

Also, the GC's controller was nowhere near as good as the PS2 controller.
SammyboyZ  +   1546d ago
i loved my gamecube
xJumpManx  +   1546d ago
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Was that article meant as a joke, really the GC was not even the best console of that generation nor the best Nintendo console. IMO the Gamecube was the worst home console by Nintendo so far without a doubt.
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