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2022-09-17 8:38:26 AM  
I never thought much of GameCube. I will take the N64 any day.
 
2022-09-17 10:14:06 AM  
"The PlayStation 2 had the upper hand"

That should've ended the article.
 
2022-09-17 10:18:58 AM  
Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.
 
2022-09-17 10:20:27 AM  
It's funny to read stories of children and their first console. They regret but don't really know why. All for clicks. Assholes.
 
2022-09-17 10:22:58 AM  
The GC didn't change shiat.
 
2022-09-17 10:36:17 AM  

Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.


The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.
 
2022-09-17 10:36:49 AM  
GameCube was this guy's first console?

/get off my lawn
//too poor for a lawn
///sadness
 
2022-09-17 10:45:22 AM  

NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.


I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.
 
2022-09-17 10:47:23 AM  
I still play Rogue Squadron, Rebel Leader and Extreme G3 GameCube discs on the Wii
 
2022-09-17 10:53:03 AM  
GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops
 
2022-09-17 10:54:08 AM  

urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.


ToS is excellent, although I haven't played it since it came out.  It just got a remaster announced for Switch that I'm really looking forward to picking up.
 
2022-09-17 10:55:12 AM  

kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops


I'm just glad I was a Nintendo household and didn't get suckered into the Genesis/32X/Sega-CD tower of power crap.
 
2022-09-17 11:01:36 AM  
Game Cube as an amazing upgrade from the 64.  I'm glad I had one.

Wario Ware was amazing.
 
2022-09-17 11:02:15 AM  

Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.


Rare was really only involved in Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube, and I don't recall it being that great especially when it was trying to live up to the N64 version.
 
2022-09-17 11:03:38 AM  
The GameCube gave us the Metroid Prime trilogy, Melee, Resident Evil 4, Tales of Symphonia, and Wind Waker. It was solidly in third that generation, but it gave us some stone-cold classics.
 
2022-09-17 11:04:12 AM  

kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops


It's really only a "flop" when compared to the massive success of the PS2.
 
2022-09-17 11:23:54 AM  
I liked the GameCube. I got a PS2 first because DVD players were at a comparable price. I picked up a used GameCube for 75 bucks a year after its release. Windwaker was fun. It also was my favorite version of SoulCalibur II. The game I really enjoyed was Killer7. I'm a sucker for quirky game mechanics.
 
2022-09-17 11:34:46 AM  

NeoCortex42: kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops

I'm just glad I was a Nintendo household and didn't get suckered into the Genesis/32X/Sega-CD tower of power crap.


Basically I picked Nintendo because I was better at Mario games than Sonic games.  Then I got The Legend of Zelda for my birthday and there was no looking back.
 
2022-09-17 11:34:48 AM  
The Gamecube was definitely not my favorite console of that console generation at the time, but if you ask me today which one I'd take to a deserted island, it would be the Gamecube hands down.
 
2022-09-17 11:37:18 AM  

Ragin' Asian: I liked the GameCube. I got a PS2 first because DVD players were at a comparable price. I picked up a used GameCube for 75 bucks a year after its release. Windwaker was fun. It also was my favorite version of SoulCalibur II. The game I really enjoyed was Killer7. I'm a sucker for quirky game mechanics.


Kinda wish they'd put Soul Caliber back on the Switch.
 
2022-09-17 11:39:44 AM  

kdawg7736: I never thought much of GameCube. I will take the N64 any day.


GameCube had Wind Waker and the Metroid Prime games. Still have mine hooked up :)
 
2022-09-17 11:40:06 AM  
Gamecube was an underrated console despite being outclassed and outmatched by the PS2 and Xbox. Nintendo really showed off their first-party development chops with it and many of the games released on it are absolute bangers. And because there wasn't a ton of 3rd-party support, it meant that most of the shovelware from that era flooded the PS2's market.

Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door is still the measuring stick for all subsequent Paper Mario games. And none have measured up since - though Origami King has been the closest to doing so.
 
2022-09-17 11:40:16 AM  

urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.


I love the backwards operability on Wii. I kept my GC controllers and games and just used the Wii to play them. I kpee the Wii, WiU and Switch setup and I can play...well, everything now.
 
2022-09-17 11:40:24 AM  

Ragin' Asian: I liked the GameCube. I got a PS2 first because DVD players were at a comparable price. I picked up a used GameCube for 75 bucks a year after its release. Windwaker was fun. It also was my favorite version of SoulCalibur II. The game I really enjoyed was Killer7. I'm a sucker for quirky game mechanics.


For SCII, Link was fun, but Spawn was so incredibly broken.
 
2022-09-17 11:41:55 AM  

Ragin' Asian: I liked the GameCube. I got a PS2 first because DVD players were at a comparable price. I picked up a used GameCube for 75 bucks a year after its release. Windwaker was fun. It also was my favorite version of SoulCalibur II. The game I really enjoyed was Killer7. I'm a sucker for quirky game mechanics.


I had totally forgotten about Killer7! Got it for $5 used from Family Video.
 
2022-09-17 11:42:51 AM  

NeoCortex42: kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops

I'm just glad I was a Nintendo household and didn't get suckered into the Genesis/32X/Sega-CD tower of power crap.


I'm guessing you were also homeschooled.
Genesis had more overall good games (SNES had fewer higher peaks imho). SegaCD had lunar, bill walsh football and Rebel Assault to only name a few. While 32x was worth it for Doom, virtua racing, virtua fighter and star wars arcade alone. It had 40 titles.

From Atari 2600 to Xbox I owned or had almost daily regular access to all major consoles (except neo Geo).

Purchased as upgrades that Sega hardware bundle was pretty legit. If you think about it as a single platform the game library was second to none.

Technology was moving fast in the 90s. Nothing stayed cutting edge for long.
 
2022-09-17 11:44:48 AM  
If you wanted to play Metriod, Mario and F-zero, you had no choice.
 
2022-09-17 11:47:11 AM  

Space Station Wagon: NeoCortex42: kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops

I'm just glad I was a Nintendo household and didn't get suckered into the Genesis/32X/Sega-CD tower of power crap.

I'm guessing you were also homeschooled.
Genesis had more overall good games (SNES had fewer higher peaks imho). SegaCD had lunar, bill walsh football and Rebel Assault to only name a few. While 32x was worth it for Doom, virtua racing, virtua fighter and star wars arcade alone. It had 40 titles.

From Atari 2600 to Xbox I owned or had almost daily regular access to all major consoles (except neo Geo).

Purchased as upgrades that Sega hardware bundle was pretty legit. If you think about it as a single platform the game library was second to none.

Technology was moving fast in the 90s. Nothing stayed cutting edge for long.


Agree to disagree on which had more good games. Aside from Streets of Rage, there was almost nothing I really felt like I was missing out on by only having a SNES.
 
2022-09-17 11:47:42 AM  
GameCube gave us an improved version of my favorite game ever, and it is a CRIME we never got a sequel or even a remaster of this absolute gem:

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-09-17 11:51:23 AM  
Gamecube? You mean the Smash Machine?
 
2022-09-17 12:21:38 PM  
No love for Eternal Darkness?

/out of all the console games I've played, I think this one is still the one I'd come back to in a heartbeat.
 
2022-09-17 12:29:30 PM  

kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-09-17 12:34:53 PM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: The GameCube gave us the Metroid Prime trilogy, Melee, Resident Evil 4, Tales of Symphonia, and Wind Waker. It was solidly in third that generation, but it gave us some stone-cold classics.


Yeah this. I bought one specifically for Resident Evil 4 and it was incredible and boy what a game changer it was at the time. Was well worth the purchase.

/also metroid and eternal darkness
 
2022-09-17 12:45:44 PM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops

[Fark user image 571x992]


Highly underrated... and ridiculously easy to pirate. My friends and I bought consoles and burned games that we downloaded from Limewire onto blank CDs. There was no copy protection whatsoever. When that got old, we found an emulator that could run on the system off a CD and fit scores of NES, SNES, and Genesis games on different disks.
 
2022-09-17 12:54:42 PM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: kermit the forg: GameCube wasn't THAT bad, dude.  And it's your damn fault for getting Tak instead of Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros., or Wind Waker like any normal kid would have done.

//GC isn't even Nintendo's worst console.
//That would be Virtual Boy
//Seriously this guy hasn't had to live through horrible consoles like Jaguar or N'Gage.  Now THOSE were flops

[Fark user image 571x992]


The Dreamcast had absolutely awful controllers.  The design caused my physical pain.  And those memory cards were a ridiculous gimmick.  Good riddance to you, Dreamcast.
 
2022-09-17 1:11:22 PM  
All the consoles of that era were a git to work on compared to what came later. PS2 had super complex vector unit stuff and for a long time really bad dev tools. Dreamcast went with a gpu architecture that literally no one else did so you had to redo everything for it from scratch. Gamecube had not enough main memory and about 10 times more audio memory than it needed, so you had to get 'creative'. And the Xbox Original was just an underpowered PC.

Some of the best years of my working life :)
 
2022-09-17 1:12:08 PM  
I'm of a similar opinion here.  NES came onto the scene and completely wiped the floor with the Atari 7800.  There was just no comparison and the NES completely dominated.

SNES rolled around and it completely dominated the Sega Genesis.  While there were decent games for the Genesis, playing that console was seemingly more about rebelling against Nintendo more than enjoying better titles.

The N64 came around and the quality of the library completely destroyed the Playstation.  I think there has since been a lot of history being rewritten after the fact to pretend that the quality of titles was even close.  The only real problem the N64 had was a general lack of RPG titles (though it did have Paper Mario and the underrated game Hybrid Heaven).  I played the Playstation RPG games and found them to be grossly overrated.  The Final Fantasy series on that console was a complete dud for me and Breath of Fire really fizzled the moment it hit that console.  So, for me, it wasn't even really a contest what was better: N64.

It wasn't until GameCube that I noticed things were changing.  The Playstation 2 titles were getting some moderate improvements in quality while the quality of GameCube titles took a huge nosedive.  I think it was the fact that third parties were jumping ship from Nintendo by that point that were responsible for really rounding out the quality of N64 titles and the talent simply went with it.  For GameCube, it was largely first party titles or non-exclusives while the Playstation 2 gave the GameCube a serious run for its money.  Overall, I could get a very real sense in that console generation that there was a changing of the guard taking place.

When I played Playstation 3 titles, I found that the quality of the titles had become much more consistent.  XBox 360 titles (at least, so far that I've played them) had been rather lacklustre and I am being reminded of rummaging through Atari 2600 titles wading through mountains of garbage titles to find a few gems.  I'm still exploring the XBox 360 console's library, so it could have been luck I've been playing nothing but mediocre titles and duds up to now.  I never had a chance to get into Nintendo Wii titles for comparison, though.  For that matter, it's not looking good I'll be able to take on the Wii U titles either.

This is as far as I've gotten so far in terms of actually playing games on these consoles.
 
2022-09-17 1:38:46 PM  

IceCube85: I'm of a similar opinion here.  NES came onto the scene and completely wiped the floor with the Atari 7800.  There was just no comparison and the NES completely dominated.

SNES rolled around and it completely dominated the Sega Genesis.  While there were decent games for the Genesis, playing that console was seemingly more about rebelling against Nintendo more than enjoying better titles.

The N64 came around and the quality of the library completely destroyed the Playstation.  I think there has since been a lot of history being rewritten after the fact to pretend that the quality of titles was even close.  The only real problem the N64 had was a general lack of RPG titles (though it did have Paper Mario and the underrated game Hybrid Heaven).  I played the Playstation RPG games and found them to be grossly overrated.  The Final Fantasy series on that console was a complete dud for me and Breath of Fire really fizzled the moment it hit that console.  So, for me, it wasn't even really a contest what was better: N64.

It wasn't until GameCube that I noticed things were changing.  The Playstation 2 titles were getting some moderate improvements in quality while the quality of GameCube titles took a huge nosedive.  I think it was the fact that third parties were jumping ship from Nintendo by that point that were responsible for really rounding out the quality of N64 titles and the talent simply went with it.  For GameCube, it was largely first party titles or non-exclusives while the Playstation 2 gave the GameCube a serious run for its money.  Overall, I could get a very real sense in that console generation that there was a changing of the guard taking place.

When I played Playstation 3 titles, I found that the quality of the titles had become much more consistent.  XBox 360 titles (at least, so far that I've played them) had been rather lacklustre and I am being reminded of rummaging through Atari 2600 titles wading through mountains of garbage titles to find a few gems.  I'm still exploring the XBox 360 console's library, so it could have been luck I've been playing nothing but mediocre titles and duds up to now.  I never had a chance to get into Nintendo Wii titles for comparison, though.  For that matter, it's not looking good I'll be able to take on the Wii U titles either.

This is as far as I've gotten so far in terms of actually playing games on these consoles.


LotR War In the North on 360 was great. Thats my biggest 360 memory but I can to it very late. I also don't like shooter games so all the online leaderboard stuff left me cold on XBox and by the time my GC stopped entertaining me I had a family solo gaming changed and I changed.

Now I use Steam and an Nvidia Shield TV to play in my living room. The wife insisted on a Switch and the kids definitely respond better to the controllers.  Shield controllers are studded with buttons.
 
2022-09-17 1:47:26 PM  

Summoner101: It's really only a "flop" when compared to the massive success of the PS2.


Iwata supposedly said something to the effect that he wouldn't stand for another Nintendo console selling less than the Gamecube. The Wii U sold half what the GCN did, but he didn't live long enough to see its successor launch anyway, which kinda sucks.
 
2022-09-17 2:27:20 PM  
Of the three consoles, Xbox, Playstation 2, and Gamecube, the GC definitely falls short. Sure, it had some good games, Smash, Luigi's Mansion, etc. but it was till MARKETED towards children just like the previous consoles were. That's where it really made its mistake. PS2 and Xbox were the first to really push towards the teens and older demographic where things are today.
 
2022-09-17 2:32:50 PM  

NeoCortex42: urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.

ToS is excellent, although I haven't played it since it came out.  It just got a remaster announced for Switch that I'm really looking forward to picking up.


I actually grabbed it on Steam a while back when it was on sale.

I've got it queued up for a replay after I finally getting around to finishing Witcher 3. Had to repurchase that one for PC as my dog ate my PS4 copy, and my kid has taken over the console.
 
2022-09-17 2:34:34 PM  

TelemonianAjax: urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.

I love the backwards operability on Wii. I kept my GC controllers and games and just used the Wii to play them. I kpee the Wii, WiU and Switch setup and I can play...well, everything now.


That's awesome. I wish my Wii survived, but alas. I've always thought about getting another as a classic games machine, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
 
2022-09-17 2:35:39 PM  
No console with Eternal Darkness on it is a failure.
 
2022-09-17 2:41:08 PM  

urethra_franklin: TelemonianAjax: urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.

I love the backwards operability on Wii. I kept my GC controllers and games and just used the Wii to play them. I kpee the Wii, WiU and Switch setup and I can play...well, everything now.

That's awesome. I wish my Wii survived, but alas. I've always thought about getting another as a classic games machine, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.


I went to boot up my Wii a few years back after not playing it for ages and it was basically bricked.  Very disappointing, but I doubt I'll get another one.  Would be nice if Galaxy 2 would get a Switch port, though.
 
2022-09-17 2:43:04 PM  
Lost my GameCube in the divorce along with the gameboy little platform hookup thing so you could play every game you had the cartridge for. I put so many hours into Super Mario Sunshine and was almost fully completed. Gave the ex husband everything, boat 4x4, snow mobiles... I just wanted out.

Only thing I pine for is my lost GameCube =(
 
2022-09-17 2:53:22 PM  

NeoCortex42: urethra_franklin: TelemonianAjax: urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.

I love the backwards operability on Wii. I kept my GC controllers and games and just used the Wii to play them. I kpee the Wii, WiU and Switch setup and I can play...well, everything now.

That's awesome. I wish my Wii survived, but alas. I've always thought about getting another as a classic games machine, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

I went to boot up my Wii a few years back after not playing it for ages and it was basically bricked.  Very disappointing, but I doubt I'll get another one.  Would be nice if Galaxy 2 would get a Switch port, though.


Have you tried Dolphin Emulator? It supports GC and Wii games.

https://dolphin-emu.org
 
2022-09-17 2:56:29 PM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: NeoCortex42: urethra_franklin: TelemonianAjax: urethra_franklin: NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Was it really a "rare miss"? They more or less had rare hits in the NES, SNES and Gameboy by that point.

The NES was their first major attempt at the western market and it was huge.  The GameBoy was a massive hit.  SNES did great.  So yeah, at that point, the only real bomb they had was the Virtual Boy.  The 64 did okay, but was definitely losing ground to Sony at that point.

The Gamecube was fine hardware, but the library felt like a constant stream of B-Tier titles.  No Mario game at launch, but a Luigi game.  No mainline Final Fantasy game, but Crystal Chronicles.  It had some great games, but it definitely felt like the library was losing steam compared to the previous consoles.

I never had a GameCube, but a friend did. When I got a Wii, said buddy loaned me his GC copy of Tales of Symphonia. That was a fantastic game.

I love the backwards operability on Wii. I kept my GC controllers and games and just used the Wii to play them. I kpee the Wii, WiU and Switch setup and I can play...well, everything now.

That's awesome. I wish my Wii survived, but alas. I've always thought about getting another as a classic games machine, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

I went to boot up my Wii a few years back after not playing it for ages and it was basically bricked.  Very disappointing, but I doubt I'll get another one.  Would be nice if Galaxy 2 would get a Switch port, though.

Have you tried Dolphin Emulator? It supports GC and Wii games.

https://dolphin-emu.org


Yeah, I've had decent luck with it in the past.  At some point, I'll probably pick up a sensor bar for my computer.  There's honestly only a handful of games at this point that I'd really go back to.  I assume Twilight Princess will hit Switch sooner than later.
 
2022-09-17 2:58:06 PM  

Rage Against the Thorazine: Have you tried Dolphin Emulator? It supports GC and Wii games.

https://dolphin-emu.org


You can also pick up a cheap BT USB dongle and "wireless" sensor bar and get your old Wiimotes working with the emulator as well. The speaker is a little wonky but then again it kinda always was
 
2022-09-17 3:09:59 PM  

NeoCortex42: At some point, I'll probably pick up a sensor bar for my computer.


Oh yea duh I forgot about that for Wii games.
 
2022-09-17 3:20:56 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: All the consoles of that era were a git to work on compared to what came later. PS2 had super complex vector unit stuff and for a long time really bad dev tools. Dreamcast went with a gpu architecture that literally no one else did so you had to redo everything for it from scratch. Gamecube had not enough main memory and about 10 times more audio memory than it needed, so you had to get 'creative'. And the Xbox Original was just an underpowered PC.

Some of the best years of my working life :)


What's funny is that the weird PowerVR GPU architecture from the Dreamcast is what iPhones use now (and I guess the M1 Macs as well).
 
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