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.
I loved my Cube, it's such a neat, attractive looking console. Easily the most visually pleasing of the three - the PS2 and Xbox were downright ugly. I suppose it proved one thing - Nintendo can still create fantastic games even when they're not #1 in the marketplace. And considering that a second hand Cube can be picked up for under £20, it's well worth buying if you can't afford to jump to the Wii.
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