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The Nintendo Entertainment System or NES as it was also known was a cartridge based console that graced our stores in 1985. Later the NES was released in the US where its name was changed to Famicom (Family Computer) as Nintendo though it would suit the market better in the US.
The NES system was welcomed by many as it helped revive the market after the video gaming crash of 1983. The system was to also set the standard for subsequent game consoles, from hand control layout through to game design. The NES was quite powerful featuring a custom made 8-bit 6502 processor and a Picture Processing Unit (PPU). What helped was that these were developed and manufactured at low cost by a company called Ricoh.
Having an available colour palette of 48 colors and 5 grays. Red, green and blue could be individually darkened at specific screen regions using carefully timed code. Up to 24 colors could be used on one scan line: a background color, four sets of three tile colors and four sets of three sprite colors.
The Nintendo GameCube was released to use in Europe on the 3rd May 2002 costing 169.00GBP. It was Nintendo’s fourth games console but most importantly it was Nintendo’s first non-cartridge console and was to compete against Sony’s PS2 and Microsoft’s X-Box. Throughout its life the Nintendo’s Gamecube sold nearly 22 million units and in September 2009, IGN named the GameCube the 16th best gaming console of all time.
Here is a Gamecube Commercial with quite a good metaphor, the game is within the cube.
Details of the project that Nintendo code-named Dolphin were first released at E3 in 1999. There were various names in the pipeline for Nintendo’s next gen games console such as the Nintendo Starcube, the N-Cube even and Dolphin itself before Nintendo finally settled on the Nintendo Gamecube.
The Gamecube was also released in various colours. Indigo and Jet Black consoles were the first to go on release. Silver consoles were marketed as limited edition colours, but Spice (Orange) along with many other colours and styles were only to be released in Japan.
The Gamecube was designed purely for gamers and had a huge compliment of third party developers which gave us games series like Zelda, Metroid, Mario Bros, and not forgetting Donkey Kong with Kongo Bongos lol.