I think it was the GameCube for me as well, as either my mother or stepfather would buy anything else either for themselves or for me before that (and plenty after that, up until the PS4 at least) because they were interested in games. Could be that I bought a GBA before that.
I only got a GameCube after it price-dropped to €99 when The Wind Waker had released. Got it with Luigi's Mansion and Mario Sunshine, and got Wind Waker and Mario Kart shortly after. In the end I ended up with a decently sized library for it, a bigger one than I ended up with for WiiU and PS4, even when I shifted towards PC gaming at the time after being disappointed by three of those four flagship Nintendo titles.
The main reason for me getting it was, beside neither of my parents getting one (they were into Dreamcast, which was great) before that, was because even if I had reservations about The Wind Waker, a new Nintendo console gets a new Zelda game.
Like I said though, this could all be untrue, because I could have bought a GameBoy Advance before that. The problem is I don't really recall why, when or how I got that system. In my memory it had just spawned into my life, no questions asked. I do know that I wanted to play the SNES classics on it that I used to play at my aunt's house when I was a kid, and those are the bulk of my library. That felt like it was a millions years ago at that time, though obviously, now it has been twice as long since I played on my GBA than it was when back then I was nostalgic about playing stuff from the NES and SNES. Funny how that works. Anyway many years later I regretted not getting more of the GBA's library after playing through Metroid Fusion and Fire Emblem on 3DS.
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