Review by maximus2242

"Gaming Giant Nintendo's Latest Project Impresses; Many left impressed"

Prelude to Intro:
Gaming Giant Nintendo released its Gamecube on November 18th in the United States and North America. The games impressed millions as many were impressed by the system. Citizens in both Japan and North America turned to the Gamecube as a refuge from unsafe activities such as drugs, death, suicide and hospitalization. Citizens began to realize they were Born to Play, not to mess up their lives with dangerous activities. Do yourself a favor for your destiny, pick up a Gamecube if you were Born to Play.

Gaming Giant Nintendo's first step into next-generation consoles was unraveled in the form of the Gamecube in August of 2000. Instead of featuring CD/DVD playback, a Harddrive, and other features, Nintendo kept it small and simple. The Gamecube is very compact in size, but has some powerful graphics. The game discs are also very compact, smaller than CDs. Still, gaming consoles aren't about specs or features, its mostly about the games that are out and will come out.

Graphics: 33/35
The graphics of the Gamecube are exceptional. Rogue Leader and Resident Evil bring out the best of the Gamecube's graphics. Resident Evil's graphics are incredibly real and life-like, while Rogue Leader captures the Star Wars feel nicely. The Gamecube features excellent graphics and visuals.

Gameplay: 34/35
The Gamecube controller fits well in your hands and is very comfortable. There are 2 Analog sticks on the controller, as well as 4 face buttons and 3 shoulder buttons. Nintendo also scrapped a SELECT button, which was also absent from the N64 controller. The controller also has a built in rumble, which is very nicely established. However, the controller was built in the best interests of Japanese game developers and was not optimized for some types of games. Still, most games do work very well with the natural controller. Extra normal controllers cost $24.99.

The other side of the Gamecube's controllers is the Wavebird Wireless Controller. The original controller cord was not significantly long, and the Wavebird has a tremendous range. Despite the 20-foot claim by Nintendo, the maximum radius is upwards of 100 feet. When the batteries are running low, the light on the Wavebird will fade, giving a proper warning to change batteries. The Wavebird runs on 2 AA batteries and is actually lighter than normal controllers with the batteries installed. This is mainly because it lacks a rumble feature. Still, at a $34.95 MSRP, its a good deal, especially when a number of retailers are selling it at $29.99 or even lower. However, gameplay and control are ultimately controlled by game developers.

Sound: 19/20
The Gamecube uses MusyX Prologic II technology, and though the Xbox has better audio features than the Gamecube, it will be overlooked. Sound is often overlooked in consoles. Still, Gamecube has exceptional audio capabilities. Super Smash Brothers: Melee conducts excellent orchestrated music and Rogue Leader has excellent, classic Star Wars tunes.

Replay/Value/Tilt/Extras: 90/90
The Gamecube has exceptional value at a $149.99 price-point. Plus, accessories, such as the controller or Wavebird are lower than the $39.99 Xbox controllers. Nintendo's Memory Card 59 has considerably less storage space than the PS2 memory card, but Nintendo will release the Memory Card 251, which holds nearly 2MB and is four times the size of the Memory Card 59. The Gamecube runs in 3 colors in Japan, Jet Black, Indigo and Spice (orange). Plus, the Panasonic Q, only in Japan, features DVD-Playback for about $315USD. In North America and the rest of the world, its Jet Black and Indigo. Still, its likely Nintendo will release new colors and designs in the future.

Replay depends on the games that you'll be playing, and with the Gamecube's library shaping up pretty well, there will be a number of games available. The current library is very solid, with games such as Super Smash Brothers, Resident Evil, Rogue Leader, Super Monkey Ball, Pikmin and Wave Race: Blue Storm. The games will vary on a game-to-game basis however. Still, Super Smash Brothers has exceptional replay value and other Nintendo games will try to continue that trend in the future.

Games coming in the future will be extraordinary. Nintendo is now geared towards treating third parties better. Nintendo is letting third parties develop some of its franchises such as F-Zero (by Sega) and Star Fox (Namco). Plus, there are a ton of great games coming in 2002 and beyond: Eternal Darkness, Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing, Star Fox Adventures, Metroid Prime, Die Hard: Vendetta, The Legend of Zelda, 1080: White Storm, Donkey Kong Racing, Kameo, Mariokart, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil 3: NEMESIS, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Phantasy Star Online, Soul Calibur 2, Skies of Arcadia, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Wario World and many more.

Furthermore, the Gamecube will go online in September of 2002 with a 56K Modem and Broadband Adapter, both retailing at $34.95. Gamecube Online will launch with Sega's Phantasy Star Online. In addition to online gaming, the Gamecube will also have a Gamecube-Gameboy Advance link. Sega first utilized the link with Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 by allowing gamers to transfer chaos from system to system in the Chao Garden. Nintendo of Japan has already put this feature into action, and for North America, Animal Crossing will use it in September 2002. In Animal Crossing, you can unlock an island for the game, create clothing designs and play up to 10 NES games on the Gameboy Advance. Sega will also use it with Phantasy Star Online, allowing gamers to download the Chao Garden, NiGHTS and various other games to the Gameboy Advance. The Link Cable is only $9.95 and the Gameboy Advance runs for about $69.95.

Final Score: 176/180
Gamefaqs score of 10 or 9.8 (rounded up)
Final Comments: Currently, the Gamecube has a solid library of games. Still, the Gamecube has an incredibly promising library of games coming in 2002 and beyond. Nintendo has been changing its business styles to better suit the development of games and the Gamecube is a tremendous step for Players, Consoles and Everything else games.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 06/23/02, Updated 06/23/02

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