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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pointless but cool: Panasonic Gamecube


Just something neat that I've always wanted to get my hands on.  This is a Panasonic Gamecube, or basically a Gamecube that could play regular DVD's.  IMO, this is something that should have came standard with all GC's, but unfortunately was never released in the US, only Japan as far as I know.  I love obscure hardware, and this is one of the coolest looking, even though I'm not a fan of Nintendo products in general.  Note the awesome digital display screen, and blue LED lights.  It puzzles me that something like this wasn't made available to the US market, perhaps to preserve Nintendo's carebear kiddy image, or maybe they didn't want to up the price on the system because I remember one of Nintendo's selling points is always that thier stuff(crap usually) is cheaper than Microsoft and Sony.  What I like about this system so much is it looks less like a toy, and more like a Gaming machine that could turn into a Transformer and kick your ass.  Anyway, if anyone is lucky enough to own one of these, feel free to share your opinions on it.

56 comments:

  1. I have never seen one of these before. I'm with you, I wonder why they didn't release it in North America...

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  2. When Xibit gets into "pimping my wii" I'll laugh. But still, chromed out consoles always rock.

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  3. Hmm...I'm having mixed feelings about the design. The attempt is admiral but the overall look is a bit ugly to me. I'd prefer my old jet colored gamecube.

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  4. Dam, that thing is crazy! Wish I had one. Love this blog, always something odd whenever I visit

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  5. Pointless? It plays games, doesn't it? That's a point. Very cool though.

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  6. It looks like a cheap ass cd player you can buy from a flea marker for like $5 XD

    Never knew this existed until now, so nice post dude

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  7. Fucking sweet, I love my Gamecube but unfortunately I can't play it on my PC screen so it resides in the cupboard for now :(

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  8. gamecube was probably one of the worst consoles ever sadly

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  9. I never see this thing, but thx for info about it :D

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  10. dang i didnt even know they made GC's like that!

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  11. It looks like a droid/printer/toaster/dvd player/console

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  12. That's so cool, but really weird at the same time. Not sure if want, haha.

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  13. If they came out with one in US I would have bought this just for the looks!

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  14. If Nintendo had released this, I would have certainly bought it. That is one of the coolest systems I have ever seen!

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  15. I would love to have one of these but knowing Nintendo it probably would not play all DVD formats.

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  16. That's really awesome, wish I owned one :<

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  17. Looks epic. But most people already had dvd players, so not much reason to add that function and increased price...

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  18. I've never even heard of this. Very cool idea though. I absolutely love the cheesy digital display screen.

    Fun fact, I still play my Gamecube. On an almost nightly basis.

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  19. aww dude that's sick!! unfortunately though, I am not one of those fortunate enough to actually own one...

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  20. This is interesting. It doesn't seem like it came out this decade. If it wasn't for the glowing "GAMECUBE" I wouldn't have known what it was.

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  21. Yeah but no. Nintendo was never good. Except for Pokemon. I do like me some Pokemon

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  22. lol at first i was like "Wtf is a gamecube" then i was like "oh yeah that fail console" then i lol'd. nice post :D

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  23. Wow that's so weird!
    I kind of want one...

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  24. lol. panasonic gamecube. What a wonderful product

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  25. Hahah, liked what you said about it turning into a transformer... nice. Looking forward to seeings more stuff like this. :D

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  26. I still love my gamecube dearly, metal gear solid the twin snakes was definitely awesome

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  27. Haha, oh boy. Gamecube brings back a lot of great memories.

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  28. that is pretty freakin sweet, but for now i will have to stick to playing mario golf and watching my tremors collection on different pieces of hardware

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  29. Yeah, my cousin gave me his before he left for the army. It wasn't bad. Resident Evil and Metroid were pretty cool, other than that hardly touched it. Played the PS2 more.

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  30. Well it feels less like a toy, however dvd players were popular at the time and I bet they were cheaper.

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  31. if that is not neat. great blog bud.

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  32. looks weird, maybe it wasn't that successful for international distribution

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  33. lol this is real? looks like a newfangled cookie machine :3

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  34. Wasnt a big fan of the gamecube. Didn't like the controller. But cool post.

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  36. Wow! I loved reading about this. I'd love to have a go of this too. Keep up the sweet posts!
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  37. Yeah, i didn't like the fact that i couldn't play regular dvds in my gamecube

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  38. Sony also had a version of the ps2 that was a DVR

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  39. I did not know that the Gamecube is already retro...

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  40. Japan always gets the good stuff.

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  41. jesus that thing looks like it could kill you irl if you died in the game

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  42. it looks like alien technology. definitely awesome

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  43. Wow, I've never heard of this. Great find!
    I should go get one.

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  44. japan has lots of cool stuff on the market so sad they dont shere all of the stuff

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  45. that is really cool, i kind of want one and i'm not even that big of a gamecube fan

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  46. There's lots of cool old pointless video game hardware... There used to be a rare video game museum online. Perhaps it's still there?

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