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curl-6 said:
BanjoPickles said:
I have three:

-Gamecube: How could a console that had the best version of Soul Caliber II, Metroid Prime, Wind Waker, Resident Evil 4, Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, Smash Bros. Melee, Super Monkey Ball, Resident Evil Remake, Viewtiful Joe, Baten Katos, Paper Mario: TYD, and so many others sell so poorly? It has never made sense to me!

A few reasons:

- It's look, particularly the controller, gave people the vibe of a Fisher price toy, giving it a reputation as "PS2 for kids", and no kid wants something "for kids", they want the "cool" system that the grownups have, hence they ask their parents for a PS2 instead.

- Games like Sunshine and Wind Waker also came across as catering too hard to small children, and failed to live up to what a lot of Nintendo fans wanted coming after the likes of the epic Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time.

- PS2 had a head start and as a result by the time Gamecube came out its rival had gathered too much momentum and become the default system of choice, hence sucking the wind out of GC's sales. (heh)

- It lacked DVD playback at a time when this was a hot feature.

- Games like Viewtiful Joe and Baiten Katos were niche, while GC lacked a lot of mainstream heavy hitters like GTA.

All very good, perfectly valid reasons. I remember that, during that specific era, the "Nintendo is for kids" mantra was on full display. Even Kaz Hirai was saying it in interviews! Once Wii arrived, it changed from "Nintendo is for kids" to "Nintendo is for casuals." I, personally, never saw it but you are totally right: it did have gaping holes in the library, especially after taking into account how deep the PS2 library was.

I always thought that the lack of any sort of multi-media functionality was a mistake, on their part, as well. I also remember thinking that Sony making PS2 backwards compatible was a brilliant idea, and that they would likely be the only hardware manufacturer to do so.

Out of the four consoles-Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox-I found the Gamecube controller to be the most comfortable, for some reason.

 

 



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I'd say the Vita. It feels like the console with the most untapped potential of any other console.



 

              

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Turbograpx 16 is severely underrated. I would have said Ps vita too but the first party library leaves a lot to be desired. The gamecube and dreamcast are also very underrated since they have produced some of the best games of that gen.



pattyboy60 said:
Turbograpx 16 is severely underrated. I would have said Ps vita too but the first party library leaves a lot to be desired. The gamecube and dreamcast are also very underrated since they have produced some of the best games of that gen.

I was going to joke Turbografx 16, but you beat me to mentioning it. I never played the system, but my older sister always sung its praises.

OT, I gotta give it to the Gamecube. Sure, it has a lot of love now, but that is more akin to a cult following. The love over time is not really descriptive of how lackluster it performed in its own generation. Yet it had some of the greatest games of its time. The library wasn't as deep as PS2's (I owned a PS2 as well so I can't deny how many good games it had), but GCN's best were better than PS2's and XBOX (owned that too, and Halo 2 was a personal favorite that I probably played more than any other game that gen).

Short story is that generation of gaming was masterful.



Probably the Gamecube, even for all its mistakes, it had the best Mario kart and F-Zero it was also home to smash bros melee, windwaker, super mario sunshine, luigi's mansion metroid prime. So it deserved more sales and recognition than it got. The original Xbox also got way too less praise and sales. 

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Vita used to be my slam dunk answer, but I've become a very bitter Vita user. The last 2 years have been a ridiculously expensive, time consuming, mentally taxing nightmare, where simply getting the software to work at all has become the defining experience of ownership. Good thing I've supported it by buying 3 Vitas, 8 memory cards, and roughly 300 games, not including the PS+ games I have as well. I feel so vindicated! I basically hate the thing now. If I weren't so entrenched in PS overall, and I had alternatives in the console space that were appealing, I'd bail completely.



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danasider said:

OT, I gotta give it to the Gamecube. Sure, it has a lot of love now, but that is more akin to a cult following.

I've noticed a lot of failed consoles have a cult following of devotees who talk them up as if they're among the greatest systems ever; Gamecube, Dreamcast, Vita. 

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First console that comes to mind is Gamecube.



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GameCube, easily.



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