History Behind GameCube Purchase
For multiple reasons, my Nintendo GameCube purchasing experience was never quite right. First off, because I landed my first job out-of-college literally weeks before GameCube was scheduled for launch, I didn't believe I would have enough money to purchase it, especially because I was relocating to a different city. Whether it was impulsive or not, I decided that I could afford GCN just mere days before it came out.
Secondly, because Nintendo 64 released early, I had assumed GameCube that would come out early, too. Nope. Then I had heard that Wal-Mart would start selling the system at midnight on Saturday night. Since I wasn't in a large city, I figured I would arrive around 11:30 p.m. and snag one. Wrong. When I arrived, I saw a line that was over a hundred deep. At midnight, an employee said over the loudspeaker that there were only 57 systems available. D'oh! That ticked me off. I quickly came up with the idea of going to Target on Sunday morning. I had remembered that it opened at 8 a.m. seven days a week. I arrived at Target around 6:45 a.m., and there were two people waiting at most. Score! Eventually, the line built to over a dozen people, but the line didn't get too crazy. After standing outside in 30-some degree weather for about an hour, the store finally opened-and I was able to acquire my GameCube on Sunday, November 18, 2001. However, Target had some great deals that caused me to spend more money that I originally intended!
Finally, and most interestingly, I had to re-purchase GameCube only a few weeks after I originally got it. Why? My first GameCube, including several games and controllers, were stolen after my place was burglarized. Fortunately, nothing else valuable was stolen, and I was able to find a replacement quickly in spite of the fact that it was almost Christmas.
Over its lifespan, I definitely was a lot choosier when it came to adding GameCube games to my game library. My GameCube library is much smaller compared to Nintendo's other home consoles, and I did not play the system anywhere near as much as the others. Whether it's because GameCube was released during my transition into working adult/husband, or if it's just because the system really didn't have that many special games, I'd have to say that Nintendo GameCube was a disappointment.
Retrospectively, the Nintendo GameCube was my least favorite Nintendo home system. On the one hand, I might feel that way because GameCube was released during my transition into a working adult/husband. On the other hand, the GameCube just wasn't that special -- and, ultimately, I think that's a reasonable statement and fair rationale. Although its technical prowness was comparable to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Nintendo tried to differentiate its system with a toy-ish design and a focus on mostly family-friendly games. Aside from an excellent 3D representation of Metroid and some Resident Evil exclusives, however, the games just weren't there.
For me, the Nintendo Gamecube was a major disappointment; originally, it made me want to skip the Wii. Nevertheless, GameCube always will have a place on this Nintendo fan's shelves.
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