We recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Super Nintendo’s launch in Japan, and today we’ve got more Nintendo hardware to celebrate. Nintendo debuted GameCube in Japan on September 14th, 2001. Adjusting for time zone differences, GameCube is now officially fifteen years old in Japan. The console launched in North America two months later, and its global release came in May of the following year.

GameCube was far from Nintendo’s most successful console, selling less than 22 million units (the least of any major Nintendo home console outside of Wii U), but it has a passionate group of fans nonetheless. GameCube was home to critically-acclaimed titles like
Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi’s Mansion, Metroid Prime, The Wind Waker, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Resident Evil 4. Happy birthday, and thanks for all the memories, GameCube!

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Ben Lamoreux


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