The Nintendo GameCube has been around for quite some time now. It has never gained the popularity of some of its rival game systems. This should not steer you away from this game system.
The Nintendo GameCube is the predecessor of the Nintendo 64. This system would be a perfect gift for that first time gamer. This game system is on the leasexpensive side of video game systems currently out on the market. You can find the Nintendo GameCube at several retail stores for an average price of $99.99.
Although this system does not have the high tech qualities of the Playstation or Xbox, it does offer some quality games and accessories to add to on once you have purchased the video game.
If your child is too old for the Vtech or LeapFrog video systems, this would be a great choice for them. It is a simple gaming system that is basically built for playing games and that’s it. It does not play DVD’s or CD’s and is not compatible with your MP3 player. This is one of the reasons the price is so reasonable, you get what you pay for.
The GameCube is very compact and plays a unique 3.5” game disc. This provides a minimal amount of load time. This proves to be popular with anxious players. The GameCube’s mini compact discs have 1.5 GB of storage. The disc drive and the processor work together with such a fast speed the load time is hardly noticeable.
The GameCube comes with four controller ports plus expansion ports for add-ons. The basic package for the Nintendo GameCube includes:
There are GameCubes that can be purchased in bundles. These usually come with two games of the same background and two controllers. Presently Nintendo is offering a gamers bundle with a sports theme. The price range for the bundles can cost around $120.00.
The Nintendo GameCube controller provides the crucial connection between the player and the game. Two analog Control Sticks, a built-in rumble feature and an awesome design will ensure the controller plays and feels perfect.
There are several accessories that can enhance the GameCube.
With these many accessories the Nintendo GameCube can be fully capable of supporting online play. The Broadband Adapter can also be used for LAN play in games that have been designed with that feature.
Nintendo also offers a handheld game system called the Game Boy Advance, which you will be learning about in a different chapter. If you were to purchase the Nintendo GameCube and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, you could have endless possibilities of play. The Game Boy Advance can be used as a controller with a private screen on it. This would be used with games that support this capability. The Game Boy Advance is easily connected directly into the GameCube.
With a younger age group of children using the Nintendo GameCube you can be sure there are a number of child friendly games available. Good games without violent or questionable content are out there, but they are sometimes hard to find. These games are labeled E for Everyone. Here is a list of child safe games along with a brief explanation of them.
For the more experienced gamers the recent announcement of the Nintendo Wii is just in time for the holiday season. This next generation game console will officially be released in the United States on November 19th, 2006. This console is selling at a retail price for $249.99.
The Nintendo Wii will be bundled with a copy of Wii Sports. This bundle will include:
The Wii games will sell for an average of $49.99, and you can also purchase extra controllers for the game system.
The Wii will have up to date features to serve different purposes.
Nintendo expects to release 30 titles at the time of the launch of the Wii.
For the parents who have older children that crave a more exciting game to dominate, there is a list of the top ten GameCube games available now.
There always has to be long awaited new releases just in time for the holidays. Here are a couple of the hottest titles and anticipated release dates.
Nintendo always seem to know when it is the right time to release their newest high tech game systems. Whether you decide to purchase to GameCube or the Wii, you will get your moneys worth.