What’s the best video game console of all time? The Xbox 360? The original PlayStation? Maybe even the Amiga CD32 hahahaha sorry I couldn’t finish that line with a straight face. Anyway, the topic of best console will always be hotly debated and usually derailed by fanboys who have nothing better to do with their lives other than being massively infuriated at the very concept of someone enjoying something via a different brand.
Here’s something I can admit though: When it comes to my own personal favourite console, Nintendo’s GameCube holds a special place in my heart. In terms of design, it was perfection: Compact, immediately striking plus it had a handle on its back so that you could carry it everywhere. In an age dominated by the PlayStation 2 and the OG Xbox, Nintendo’s adorable cube of gaming goodness never got enough love.
It’s a pity, because some of the best games of the era could be found on it: Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes just to name a few. Plus it had the best start-up sequence:
The Gamecube deserves a second chance at life, but until Nintendo decides to pony up and invest in making a Gamecube Mini, that’s a pipe dream. Unless you happen to be a wizard with electronics, like YouTuber Madmorda:
“It’s a fully functional console built to scale with the original GameCube and the tiny GameCube controller I built last year,” Madmorda said in her video.
This is not an emulator or a GameCube motherboard, it’s a Nintendo Wii motherboard that I trimmed down to about the size of a Gameboy colour cartridge.
And it works! Housed inside of a modded Gamecube candy case, Madmorda’s Gamecube mini has every feature that you could ask for from a replica and it can even run off of a powerbank if need be. Amazing stuff, and hopefully the kick in the pants that Nintendo needs, to make an official version of this cubic masterpiece from yesteryear.
Last Updated: May 17, 2019