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TOMLEECEE's review of Nintendo GameCube

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“Nintendo - you have messed up AGAIN! this time with...”

Written on: 21/02/2005 by TOMLEECEE (121 reviews written)

Good Points
Nice joypad
Quiet operation
Generally good in-house software
Very cheap
Wireless (Wavebird) control pads
Compact
The black model

Bad Points
'For kids' design and image
Lack of 3rd party support
Strange choice of media format
Can't play DVDs or CDs
The purple model

General Comments
Nintendo - you have messed up AGAIN! this time with the Gamecube (GC)! Rather than use DVDs like the other consoles, the GC uses tiny CDs the size of a digestive biscuit. This means you can't play music CDs or DVDs in the drive. Why Nintendo? WHY?! Just like the N64's cartridges in an age of CD technology, the know-it-alls at Nintendo Towers have opted to use a pointless alternative in an attempt to combat piracy and be a bit different for the sake of it. It has worked to some extent, but still - if DVDs, CD and movie playback are good enough for Sony and Microsoft why can't Nintendo follow suit? As it is, the GC can't play CDs or DVDs. Nice one.



In other areas, the GC also offends the intellect. Look at the design. It looks like a lunchbox for Pete's sake, and the conveniently placed handle (just in case you were going to carry it around town with your butties in it) only emphasises this. The console does fare slightly better in other departments. The joypad is really comfortable and whilst the buttons may look like random blobs of paint initially, it is very comfortable to hold and generally a quality piece of kit (and also comes in a handy wireless model for the more frugal gamer).



The built in software is a bit skimpy - there's just a basic intro of a 'G' being made (hold down 'Z' for an alternative sound effect) and then you are confronted with options to manage your memory card (sold separately) or set the internal clock - and that's your lot. The PS2 and Xbox offer such lavish 'dashboards' that any GC owner will rightly feel a bit neglected by Nintendo, but going back to the Salvador Dali-esque media format (i.e. digestives), there's not a lot you could probably do anyway (no music/films see). The Gamecube also comes in a choice of two delightful hues - black (cool) and purple (camper than a row of tents). Finally on the Hardware front, the GC strangely doesn't support S-VHS output, which is even more bizarre when you consider that the N64 (and even the SNES) do! Again Nintendo - WHY DO YOU TEASE US?!



The Gamecube's games line up is a bit of a hit and miss affair too. Most of Nintendo's own software is pretty spectacular (F Zero, Zelda: Windwaker, Metroid Prime etc), but there are too few third party releases. The major players like Electronic Arts have no problem pumping out the same old (rubbish) franchises that they spew onto the other machines (Fifa, NHL, etc), but some of the smaller publishers and developers simply do not release their games on the 'cube because of the small Nintendo zealot user base (read: small profit). As such, the Gamecube misses out on some of the best games on the Xbox and PS2 (Pro Evolution Soccer, Colin McRae, Toca, Grand Theft Auto). There are some apparently decent Gamecube exclusive games like Resident Evil 4, but these are pretty thinly spread and since Microsoft devoured Rare, all hopes of a Gamecube exclusive version of Perfect Dark are lost.



Most of the Gamecube's titles trump the PS2 in terms of visuals as it has more texture memory than Sony's old warhorse (they're generally smoother and clearer), and the sound quality is also pretty high, but the Xbox beats them both hands down.



I've been pretty negative about the Gamecube, but you have to take into consideration that most retailers are now selling the system for under £50 and second hand games can be as little as £5. For this reason alone the Gamecube is a great choice if you are on a tight budget and not really fussed about looking like a ten-year-old when buying games ("it's...erm...for the kids...").

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Samusaran551's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 27/03/2005

Dude, you're a freakin' idiot. The GameCube is a masterpiece. It is 50 times better than the PS2 and 15 times better than the Xbox. The graphics even match the Box. The only thing the Cube doesn't have is the ability to play DVDs and CDs...BIG FLIPPIN' DEAL! I don't buy a VIDEO GAME console to play DVDs. If it does, that is great, but it isn't something that makes it better than another system. The exclusives out do the Box's and PS2's, and the gameplay and quality of the games are better. And you know what? Nintendo makes its own games! GOOD GAMES! Can Microsoft or Sony? Didn't think so! Nintendo has what it takes to be a TRUE video game company.

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Tomleecee's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 12/04/2006

THE DREAMCAST TRANSCENDS ALL GENERATIONS OF CONSOLE BECAUSE IT ISN'T A CONSOLE - IT'S A LIFESTYLE!!!!!!!!!

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232672_Louielw6's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 05/03/2006

o-k i would just like to point out that the gamecube is far superior to the dreamcast.

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Jlofty's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 29/10/2005

What is so bad about the cube. Who cares if the games are kiddy at least they are fun and the gamecube has brilliant games unlike the xbox which most of xbox games are on pc. Its not how adult you look playing a console its to have fun and relax. If you want to look like a big guy dont play violent usually rubbish games - join the army or something.

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182Meets2112's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 09/05/2005

Okay, I was being nice when I called it a system flaw. From a business standpoint, I would not want to invest in a company that provided poor quality products. Sending out powercords to cover their hindquarters hurt Microsoft because it cost money, and even more so because XBOX's international influence is pathetically weak. This is obvious because they can't even get the European power cords right on the first time. Nintendo, however, has issued systems with incredible integrity and backed them up with tremendous consumer support. Customers like you, business is good, investors like you. It's called Capitalism...also related to evolution. "Survival of the fittest". Nintendo will last, but without backwards compatibility and a monopoly on the Halo series, invest somewhere else. Otherwise we'll be seeing you in the same pit as the N-Gage.

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182Meets2112's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 09/05/2005

I'm going to be polite and point out that you just killed your own argument.

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Tomleecee's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 09/05/2005

Large scale system flaw?!?! What, because some of the cords shipped with earlier Xbox models had the wrong fuse for the UK national grid?! Hardly a system flaw - more like a mindless oversight. Geez, you Nintendo people are really petty! Your console stinks so the only thing you've got is clutching at straws about whether Nintendo gives a damn about you. Reality check: They don't! They're like every other organisation on Earth - all they care about is your cash. It's called capitalism you sad freaks! The only reason Microsoft gave out free power cords is so that your house don't set on fire and you file a law suit against them - which they would lose.

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182Meets2112's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 04/05/2005

Okay Microsoft sent out many power cords...this sounds like a LARGE SCALE SYSTEM FLAW. I have never heard of these on a Nintendo system. Do you have a story of Microsoft going out on a limb for a single person? I honestly would like to hear one. No really, I mean it. I want to hear one of those stories.

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Tomleecee's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 03/05/2005

Those are all fair points, 182meets2112, but you have to take into consideration that the Xbox glitch you mention is just that - a glitch. It is to do with the actual game code, not the hardware it is running on. It is a cock up on behalf of the developers, and I too have seen multiple glitches in various Xbox games; but also in PS2, DC, PC, GC etc titles.
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<br>On the subject of the Gamecube, I had a copy of Pro Rally and it wouldn't load after the British Rally (just crashed to a black screen) so I had to take it back to the shop; and ISS2, for some strange reason, wouldnt let me start a multiplayer tournament - it just wouldn't let me highlight the 'start' tab. But like I said, these are all software problems and do not rest with the hardware.
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<br>Lastly, your comment on Sony and Microsoft not offering users any sort of customer support is unfounded: how do you explain Microsoft sending out replacement power cords free of charge? At the end of the day though, they're all businesses that are out to make money so it's in their interests to keep us, the gamers, happy!

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182Meets2112's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 22/04/2005

Going back to defects, I would like to point out one thing about Nintendo. My Game Boy Advance SP had a very large defect in about a month or two after I recieved it for my birthday. However, I called customer support, and they told me to mail it to them. They paid for the shipping, and promised to repair the defect, or send me a replacement. Nintendo is not perfect, but it is a company that goes out on the farthest limb to ensure the quality of their systems. If this is not enough for you, subscribe to Nintendo Power for a few years. Once in a while they will post a special in the Players' Pulse (reader letters to Nintendo Power), featuring stories about things that happened to their Nintendo products. Such as:
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<br>*Leaving a Rumble Pack outside through an Alaskan winter.
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<br>*Sending a Pokemon game through the washing machine.
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<br>*Having a television drop onto a Nintendo 64 during an earthquake.
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<br>All stories have had the same ending. Every product survived the ordeal in perfect working condition. The rumble pack only needed a change of batteries, and the Pokemon game pack ended up smelling of the lemon scent from the laundry detergent. On the XBOX, PS2, and PSP side, I have heard too many stories of the systems having factory defects. I've seen my friends' XBOX games have glitches. In Halo 2, I've seen a player get slowly pushed by a tank into a wall, and then dropping out of the bottom of the level. I've heard that too many PSPs have been traded in only a few weeks after release because of: a) button sticking, or b) pixel "death". Any of these flaws would be taken care of by Nintendo, and I have yet to hear any story of Microsoft or Sony doing the same.

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177005_Chris N's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 22/04/2005

Samus vs LEECEE = Review Centre feud of the month?? Have you guys considered settling your differences in an online death match?? May have to be on the PC though, as Samus wouldn't touch Xbox Live with a bargepole....and LEECEE doesn't do battle with balloons or furry animals....
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<br>Keep up the good work guys, I can assure you that we at Review Centre find your feud to be pure genius!
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<br>Chris N - Forum Sheriff

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Samusaran551's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 22/04/2005

defect***

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Samusaran551's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 22/04/2005

Allow ME to retort, er, LEECEE. You couldn't even name very many high quality games for the Xbox. And for YOUR information, I DID own an Xbox. And I was very, very upset with it. I owned Fable, Halo, Halo 2, Star Wars Battlefront, Rainbow Six 3, and Ninja Gaiden. I was only impressed with Halo and Ninja Gaiden, and R Six 3 and Battlefront are on the GC and/or PS2 as well. And beyond that, it was glitchy! Look, smart guy. I work at a video game store, and have for over a year and a half...and the game system that gets the most returns because of defective is the XBOX! So not only does it have only a select FEW good games, it has the highest chance of breaking down. So ha! In YOUR face!!

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Tomleecee's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 05/04/2005

Ha Ha! Chill out! What I did was give a constructive criticism.
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<br>I own all 3 of the current consoles and just gave my honest opinion and yes, Nintendo do make their own games, many of which indeed 'rock.' However, you are mistaken when you say Microsoft don't make games - Microsoft has been churning out games for years (First for the PC and now the Xbox) through Microsoft Games and various subsiduaries.
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<br>In the meantime, I suggest you take off your blinkers, throw your 'Cube in the bin where it belongs, and buy an Xbox. Only then will you experience true gaming pleasure! In your face!!!

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