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You know how it is. One minute you're a youthful, exuberant 20-something, looking forward to being unleashed into the world and making your way; forging new relationships, getting a job, perhaps renting your first home. Your whole life is ahead of you! Then – BOOM – you're suddenly past 40, the last two decades have been a blur and to make matters worse, some crazy person on the internet tells you that the Nintendo GameCube is 20 years old.

That can't be right; we still vividly recall reading about the box-like console in magazines and getting unreasonably excited before pre-ordering that gorgeous box of gaming goodness only a few years back! Rogue Leader. Luigi's Mansion. Zelda: Wind Waker! All of those games feel so new, so recent; and now you're telling me this thing is a whole two decades old? That it's old enough to drink, smoke, get married and join the armed forces (in some countries, at least)?

Apologies, we're going to have to have a lie-down with a nice, warm mug of cocoa. It's all come as a bit of a shock, if we're honest. Where did all the years go? Ahem. In the meantime, check out our list of the best GameCube games, as well as our look at the history and impact of the machine.

A machine that is now 20 flippin' years old.