[QUOTE=The Video Game Critic]
As for the component cable, I checked Nintendo's web site, and it was NOT available on there (for North American customers anyway).
Yes, but they were availiable in the past.
"Also in 2004 Sony released a lighter, cheaper, and streamlined version of the PS2, but it lacked the style and elegance of the original design."
How so? I think its attractive, maintains the style and look of the original in a smaller form. Its also the most durable model of the PS2 yet. Its not as nice of a leap forward in looks as the PSOne was to the original appearance of the PSX, but I think it looks good.
I'd also bring up the fact that the Thompson DVD drive in roughly 1/3 of the Xbox systems made is very poorly designed. The lucky 2/3's that got good drives will have very reliable systems.
I've heard of Game Cubes malfunctioning, but its usually been in very questionable web forums, like I remember one claiming he was on his 5th. Either people are idiots and can't take care of electronics, or he was downright lying. I'm thinking he lied.
Component cables are available for the Game Cube domestically. Nintendo regularly restocks with new runs of them (Its gone out of stock several times on their website). Nintendo simply saw that this was the best distribution method for them in the US, much like how the DS wifi USB adapter was only available through Nintendo's website until the past few weeks. And you can easily import the necessary hardware from Japan where it was more readily available, and 3rd party alternatives are available. However, it never really saw the support needed to make it worthwhile from the software standpoint, and Nintendo even discontinued the component port on the consoles themselves the last couple of years. But it wasn't just import only, it was a feature in the US too. It just didn't see the support that many would've liked.
"Not true at all. The Xbox and GC sold pretty much exactly the same."
Very true in the US. The Xbox gained a lot of momentum the past two years, leaving the Game Cube behind in the US as well as Europe.
And Alienblue, after visting game stores on various travels in different areas, the woods in Maine must be a unique place not to ever have carried the 2nd most popular console of the past five years...doesn't reflect the rest of the country at all from my experience.
Nintendo reported that as of January 2006 they have sold a total of 20.61 million Nintendo GameCube units worldwide. Microsoft reported 22 million sold up to that point. Sony has sold over 100 million. But the results don't show the fact that the Xbox has easily beat the Game Cube in Europe and the US thanks to the past two years of success MS has had. The Xbox never really even getting out of the starting gate in Japan which has had a drastic effect on these statistics.
And the Game Cube's mini disc are DVD's. The format is based on Matsushiita's (Take out a i in the name, the boards censore won't let it be posted correctly because it thinks its a swear word) optical disc technology. They don't read any differently than standard DVD disc, with the changes being in the encyption and barcode security measures that make them unreadable by most DVD drivers. The console's drive can even read and play standard mini DVD-R's by using a special debug mode which was discovered.
Which drive do you have in your Xbox just out of curiousity. If it's Thompson, theres definitely no reason to change your reviews if you've had good luck with them, despite internet post that state differently.
Betting you have the Phillips (Which I have), or the Samsung drive.
I agree with the critic's asseessment of the Gamecube. You cannot just look at the smaller library and low support. It had a decent (not great) lifespan for a system, so it wasn't a crash and burn situation like a Virtual Boy or Jaguar. It's library has a high proportion of quality titles, since Nintendo has about a 95% "hit" rate on all of its own softs.
They also managed to get some important third party stuff, from Resident Evil and a remade Metal Geal Solid. Ported titles perform better on the cube than the playstation 2 (and Soul Caliber II has the fighting Link!). The Rogue Squadron series are some of the most enjoyable arcade style Star Wars games created in the last decade.
Also, one interesting part about the Gamecube that wasn't mentioned in the review: the ability to attach the inexpensive and easily available Gameboy Advance player, which in turn allows you to play any GBA, GBC or GB title on your television. It's always good fun to fire that sucker up and rock some Double Dragon Advance of River City Ransom Advance, as well as playing the better GBA titles like Minnish Cap or Advance Wars.
Feilong Nintendo hardly made any games for the GC so the 95% quality rate on 1st party stuff isn't really applicable.
I think the GC has a lot to offer. But I am so glad it was not my primary next gen console. I think that describes the GC perfectly. A great secondary console but a poor primary one.
I think this is a fairly accurate list of 1st party Nintendo titles.
Custom Robo Battle Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Donkey Konga 2
Doshin the Giant
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Kirby Air Ride
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Mario Power Tennis
Mario Superstar Baseball
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Pokemon Box: Ruby and Sapphire
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Star Fox Adventures
Star Fox Assault
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Smash Bros. Melee
The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Wario Ware Inc. Mega Party Game$
Wave Race: Blue Storm