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500 dollars 1,316 72.35%
 
Kidney 2 0.11%
 
Soul 9 0.49%
 
virginity 16 0.88%
 
Your favorite puppy 6 0.33%
 
Your 1,000 dollar copy of Xenoblades 8 0.44%
 
An hour of your time 26 1.43%
 
Other ( post below) 6 0.33%
 
....Left testicle.... 13 0.71%
 
Pezus's freedom 22 1.21%
 
Total:1,424

But you know what the Panasonic Q is right?



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I do now. I would have wanted the more expensive version. Plays burned gamecube games and it plays DVD's from any region! 500 bucks.

Review: Panasonic Gamecube Q (SL-GC10-S)
Reviewed: March 2003

Dear Santa,
I want a Gamecube that plays DVDs.
… actually, make that multi-region DVDs.
… oh, and if it plays both US & Japanese GC games, that’ll be great.
… I don’t suppose you could house it in a sexy reflective metal case as well?
It looks like Panasonic hacked into Santa’s computer and answered every Nintendo fan’s wish list…

GamecubeQ Features
•Plays US & Japanese Gamecube discs
•Region 1-6 NTSC DVD playback
•Stainless steel chassis
•Reflective glass faceplate
•Backlit LCD display
•Mechanical front-loading disc tray
•Optical out supporting Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS encoded signal for movies
•Two RCA jacks allowing multiple room music playback
•Dialogue Enhancer DSP
•Surround DSP modes
•Bass Plus DSP for subwoofers with separate sub jack
•Cinema display modes
•Four front-mounted controller ports
•DVD Remote control
•Panasonic branded Gamecube controller
Upon viewing the Gamecube Q for the first time, it is hard not to feel like a child on Christmas day. The sleek design looks as though it had been conceived by Sony’s design department and yet, behind the style and panache is a Panasonic badge and a system which plays Nintendo Gamecube games. In the GCQ, Panasonic have managed to design a console that will draw glances from passer-bys, which is quite a feat in a world where console manufacturers bring us designs like Microsoft’s X-Box and Atari’s Jaguar.

Background
Another feature that will make many people look twice is the logo emblazoned at the front of the machine. The GCQ is a rare example of a video-game console that is neither produced nor designed by the console manufacturer. This is an unusual event in the history of consoles and indeed the only previous instance in which Nintendo licensed its hardware to a third party manufacturer was back in 1988 with the production of the Sharp Famicom Twin.

The relative lack of commercial success of the Sharp Famicom however, was a possible contributing factor to Nintendo’s decision to break from its agreement with Sony to produce a CD-based Snes system. This left Sony to go it alone to produce the Playstation and the rest is console history. The GCQ will also replicate the low sales of the Sharp Famicom, though this will be out of choice as Matsushita are choosing to limit productions of the console to make the Q one of the more exclusive consoles available. As was the case with the Sharp system, sales of the Gamecube Q will be consigned to the SE Asia territories.

Nintendo’s uncharacteristic decision to license the gaming technology to Panasonic is a result of the deal brokered between Matsushita and Nintendo. When Nintendo signed Matsushita as the producer of the optical disc drives that powers the Gamecube, an agreement was struck allowing Matsushita (more commonly known in the west via the Panasonic brand) to produce a DVD system with the capability to play GC games. With Nintendo having no intentions of marketing their system as being anything more than a gaming console, and with Matsushita developing the system as a DVD player with game-playing functionality, the risk of competition or damage to their respective sales was minimal.

The system
Matsushita’s aim in producing a decent DVD system with gaming ability, (again, in contrary to other consoles) is exemplified in the performance and functioning of the system. The system is literally dazzling as the entire front of the machine is a reflective mirror face-plate protected by polished glass. Behind that lies a stainless steel chassis and as expected, excellent build quality. The four controller ports lie sitting on front and are trimmed with a blue neon light which along with the backlit LCD display on the top, help finish off the futuristic design. Another nice touch is that, upon turning on the Q, the (excellent) backlit display greets you with a ‘HELLO’ message and which later bids you farewell with a ‘GOODBYE’ when you leave… which may be a while if you have Smash Brothers Melee in there and a group of friends round:)

The gaming component of the GCQ is a perfect replication of the regular Nintendo system, right down to the alternative ‘Easter egg’ boot-up screen found when you hold down the Z button. You do get a special Panasonic controller which is (fortunately) identical to the official GC controller except for the colour and Panasonic branding. Panasonic should be commended for using an official GC controller build, as generally, third party controllers tend to suck like leeches… A minor annoyance to the hybrid GC/DVD function however, is that you have to power off to switch between GC games mode and DVD playback mode, though you do get used to it… and with SSB Melee in the system and 4 controllers attached, you may never even want to switch modes:)

Where the GCQ differs is in the addition of some extra audio effect options. In between the power and reset button on the left sits a ‘Dialogue Enhancer’ button and a ‘Cinema’ button and this is matched on the right with a ‘Surround’ and ‘Bass Plus’ button. The Dialog Enhancer buttons activates a DSP feature which attempts to augment the speech. It seems to modify the midrange frequencies though the effect of the DSP is fairly variable. My personal usage of this feature however, is minimal, though this is probably due to a bias away from DSP effects rather than any negatives of the feature.

As with the Dialog Enhancer feature, the ‘Surround’ boost mode is fairly subtle, which IMHO, is a plus point in its favour. The effect seems to stretch the stereo signal whilst adding a slight phase to the high frequency to give the impression of a richer surround sound experience. In spite of my natural disposition to turn away from Digital Sound Processing modes, I have used this mode quite often, something which can probly be attributed to the subtlety and non-destructive nature of the effect. Whilst it doesn’t suddenly transform the sound from your stereo output into true surround sound, it does make an admirable attempt which adds to, rather than detract from the experience as is found with many DSP effects in other systems. There is an optical out for true Surround sound output that supports both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS, further stating the system’s intent to be a DVD system with gaming ability. There is also a ‘Bass Plus’ feature, which I have been unable to test as it requires a subwoofer connected, and hence I am unable to comment on how it well it functions in practice.

The ‘Cinema’ button seems to normalise the video output to produce a more balanced scene. Another subtle effect, and as with all digital processing effects, has better impact on some scenes than others. Nonetheless, it is a nice addition to the feature set.

The Q’s DVD playback (fortunately) easily exceeds the poor DVD capabilities offered by the PS2 (an issue which is slightly alleviated with the enhanced Scart cables available for PS2s). The system has clearly been designed with DVD playback in mind, rather than the bolted on ‘bonus’ functionality mind-set found in its rivals and easily surpasses both the PS2 and X-Box as a DVD player. The colours are rich and the detail & clarity of the images is generally excellent. Whilst obviously not as capable as, for example, an upper tier progressive scan system and not as feature laden, it is better than many similarly ranked systems, and the Q could easily form the centre of an entertainment centre for most households.

A point to make is that, out of the box, the Q will only play Region 2 NTSC discs (as well as only playing Japanese GC discs). However, this issue is virtually irrelevant as the obvious appeal of the machine to importers have led to modified units which are capable of playing regions 1-6. Unfortunately, for us UK buyers, it only plays NTSC discs It also has Macrovision disabled as well as being able to play VCDs (not surprising considering it hails from SE Asia:) Modified multi-region units also come with a nice bonus. The modification process allows the Q to play both US and Japanese Gamecube discs and the region switch is handled by a holding down the power button for a few seconds.

Conclusion
This is usually where I would give my conclusions of the system along with a rating of the system. This is usually one of the first places readers would turn to. Usually. In this particular case however, this section is probably going to be redundant for most readers.

Due to the nature of this device, anybody who is interested in buying the device will have made up their minds and committed themselves already. The relative exclusivity and cool factor of the Q will probably override any negatives to the system. However, it would be unprofessional of me to not mention the negatives.

One drawback is that the remote control and instructions are, unsurprisingly, in Japanese. This is a trivial issue, however, as the controls are easy to decipher and labelled diagrams are easily available on the net. There is no setup required besides the date/time which is handled on the boot-up screen and is self-explanatory.

A more pressing concern will be the price. It is more expensive than the regular Gamecube, though the price is unlikely to dissuade any serious buyers. The extra price of the system of the system is justified by virtue of the fact that you are getting a multi-region DVD player as well as a games console that will draw wows from anyone passing by. Serious console collectors will have already made this system an essential buy, regardless of the price.

The final drawback is that for anyone living in a country that uses the PAL television standard, is that the Q currently only plays NTSC discs. Whilst this is of zero concern to NTSC users such as readers in the US, it is a point to consider if, like me, you live in a PAL region such as England. However, what you do get is a system that plays Japanese and US titles which means (due to the bias everyone seems to have against England) that you are able to play titles ahead of most people. Also, many Japanese titles such as Smash Brothers Melee are already in English so you can take advantage of the better cases and case designs that the Japanese titles arrive in, rather than the generic DVD boxes the UK and US discs come in.

As previously mentioned, any decision to buy the system will largely be made independently of any reviews which may be published. Whether or not you should purchase the Q will ultimately depend on how significant the interwining issues of price, product exclusivity, features and style are to you. If you are having to justify the price, possess no inherent console collecting tendances or disagree with the styling, then the Q probably isn’t for you.

For many console connoisseurs though, the stylish design, exclusiveness of the console and the overall cool-factor will probably prove to be too tempting an enticement.
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spurgeonryan said:
DieAppleDie said:
I want a Panasonic Q, what about that Ryan?

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I want the CD-i for the Zelda and Mario games.

I have the Faces of Evil for the CD-i. ;p



spurgeonryan said:
DieAppleDie said:
I want a Panasonic Q, what about that Ryan?

JoTHeBro
top 3D effect usage
RE Revelations, MGS3D, Zelda Oot3D, Tekken Prime, Mario3DLand, Mario tennis, Starfox 3D, Heroes of Ruin


I want the CD-i for the Zelda and Mario games.


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yes I actually do want it. I have to say that the only thing I am not interested in is a virtual boy.

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I just saw that Nintendo increased the prices for crosswords plus and art academy on the mexican e-shop, they were the equivalent of 30 dollars (something like 400 pesos) but now they are a full 600 pesos, Nintendo is really crazy on their online prices, something like Sony would be apreciated, there we only pay the american price in pesos and save like 200 pesos on an downloadable game when compared with a retail one



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Is that awesome looking black 3DS LL hitting the western shores as well?!



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Not at this time. I dug that up on famitsu.


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That is kind of lame. They are just starting digital stuff though, but they will get. The hang of it eventually.



If anyone likes to buy games from stores instead of amazon walmart has a lot of actually decent wii and ds games for 15 bucks right now.


Still waiting for my free copy of modern warfare wii edition. Should be in 2marrow.



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Not at this time. I dug that up on famitsu.


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That is kind of lame. They are just starting digital stuff though, but they will get. The hang of it eventually.1



If anyone likes to buy games from stores instead of amazon walmart has a lot of actually decent wii and ds games for 15 bucks right now.2


Still waiting for my free copy of modern warfare wii edition. Should be in 2marrow.

1.- They should have followed their e-shop pricing, all downloadable/not available at retail have a really good price(their american prices converted to pesos, nothing more)

2.- Amazon doesnt exist in Mexico and their shipping price is a joke, our walmart have far less stuff than its american counterpart(you can verify this if you check their pages in both countrys, just check their videogames.....) 

US:http://www.walmart.com/

Mexico: http://www.walmart.com.mx/Pages/defaultIndividual.aspx?cat=SuperCenter_MX&category=Individual&ig=Individual-Home



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