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GameCube was made for kids, and looked like a toy.



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Halo and Xbox Live.



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Miyamotoo said:

And PS2 was weaker than GC and Xbox and was sold 7x better. So power isn't really isn't good reason why Xbox outsell GC.

This.

I can't believe how did the PS2 sold so better than GC and XBOX. :-|



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

near the end it got more multiplats and online support



Guitarguy said:
Halo was probably the last killer ap launch title ever released and it deserved its success. The Gamecube's launch was poor. Everyone wanted Super Mario 3D GCN but instead we got Luigi's Mansion. That coupled with aggressive marketing(especially in the US), superior hardware, more multiplats, the Gamecube's kiddy design and mostly lack of mature content are only some of the reasons why the OG xbox outsold the GCN.


Super Smash Bros melee. That's above all Mario Sunshine.....



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

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Ryng_Tolu said:
Miyamotoo said:

And PS2 was weaker than GC and Xbox and was sold 7x better. So power isn't really isn't good reason why Xbox outsell GC.

This.

I can't believe how did the PS2 sold so better than GC and XBOX. :-|

maybe because it had amazing looking exclusives like Shadow of the Collossus, Silent Hill 3 and Metal Gear Solid 3?



Ruler said:
Ryng_Tolu said:
Miyamotoo said:

And PS2 was weaker than GC and Xbox and was sold 7x better. So power isn't really isn't good reason why Xbox outsell GC.

This.

I can't believe how did the PS2 sold so better than GC and XBOX. :-|

maybe because it had amazing looking exclusives like Shadow of the Collossus, Silent Hill 3 and Metal Gear Solid 3?

Metal Gear Solid 3 sold less than Melee or Sunshine.

Silent hill and Collossus was a niche games...

That's not the reason, what is the best seller on PS2? Grand Theft Auto...

The TRULY reason is just the marketing, the sales of the PS2 games confirmed this.



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

A far more capable console (bigger levels, online, DVD player, HDD, Dlc, etc) with appealing exclusives and ports of games like SF Anniversary Collection. Plus, in any "Head to head" comparison, the Xbox version of pretty much every game was the winner.



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Xbox had a lot of unique selling points for a console at that time:

- It was the only console to get a lot of Western third-party games due to how easy it was to transition from PC.

- Online was a cut above the offerings from Nintendo or Sony

- Halo was the new console FPS



Ryng_Tolu said:
Miyamotoo said:

And PS2 was weaker than GC and Xbox and was sold 7x better. So power isn't really isn't good reason why Xbox outsell GC.

This.

I can't believe how did the PS2 sold so better than GC and XBOX. :-|


It's not all about power of course but higher performance allows for greater game experiences in most genres.  The PS2 still outperforms the gamecube in some areas, full dvd drive, 5.1 sound, more main memory, more video memory, more high definition games (gran turismo etc), dvd movie playback. There are quite a few games that are better on ps2 than gamecube just because the gamecube simply hasn't got the storage.

The gamecube was a simple design though with a simple single layer top loading optical drive. It was designed for maximum performance at minimum cost and does that well. Despite its low sales was still profitable for Nintendo which could not be said for the xbox which was often sold at a huge loss and Nvidia screwed them over with the licensing agreement to the point that Microsoft had to abandon it early because Nvidia expected the same royalties on the console even when sold at a fraction of its original price.

To be honest I was always more happy with the games on gamecube and xbox over ps2 mainly I think because the ps2 had such grotty graphics output quality that looked terrible on my AE100 projector at the time.