Bye bye good friend. May you rest in peace.

And although the first party support has officially ended - Kaplan believes there is still a strong market for the GameCube system:

"... just like the PS2 sold really well this past holiday, GameCube is a great starter system - price, ease, games, cost of games. Every one of the consoles has had its cycle and every single one of them has become a great starter system at the last leg of its cycle, and that's where GameCube's at."

The GameCube never really managed to make an impact on the video games market despite some very strong first party support from Nintendo.

It is no surprise that Nintendo's focus is now the Wii and the DS and hopefully the new consoles will see a much better impact onto the market than the GameCube did. In fairness that has/is already happening.