Why did the gamecube die so fast?

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#1 Simsfreak14
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I mean right when Wii came out itautomaticallydied!
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#2 Flame_Blade88
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Nintendo is notorious for immediately abandoning it's previous consoles for exclusives for the newer one.

They did that for each and every one of their consoles.

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#3 NamelessPlayer
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Same thing happened to the Xbox, with M$ immediately dropping all support for the system in favor of the X360. However, there's a key difference between that example and the GCN-to-Wii transition: backwards compatibility. The Wii is 95% backwards compatible with GCN games and accessories, whereas the Xbox 360 is far from that figure. Also, you really think the GCN had a short lifespan? Look at the Virtual Boy-that thing was canned before it could even claim to be one year old! (Unfortunately, that means that all the games that were slated to be released for it in late 1996 will only exist in the hands of a few collectors and those who manage Nintendo's archives...)
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#4 CheeChee_Macko
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The GameCube still lives on through the Wii. It is the Xbox that was prematurely killed. It had at least another good year left.
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#5 JetLagz28
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Nintendo is notorious for immediately abandoning it's previous consoles for exclusives for the newer one.

They did that for each and every one of their consoles.

Flame_Blade88

You are wrong. They supported the NES for some time even after the SNES was released. The Gameboy and Gameboy Advance were also supported well into later generations.

All of the other circumstances, then yes, you are right.

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#6 Flame_Blade88
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[QUOTE="Flame_Blade88"]

Nintendo is notorious for immediately abandoning it's previous consoles for exclusives for the newer one.

They did that for each and every one of their consoles.

JetLagz28

You are wrong. They supported the NES for some time even after the SNES was released. The Gameboy and Gameboy Advance were also supported well into later generations.

All of the other circumstances, then yes, you are right.

I never said anything about the handhelds, for this I know GB and GBA were supported well after their mainstream life, but for the NES, I stand corrected.

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#7 sumo1973
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The Gamecube didn't die so fast because it was already in a bad state by mid 2006 just before the Wii took over. There were only a few games scheduled to come out and even then some of them got cancelled. The last big game for the cube was Zelda TP and that got released just after the Wii version. That speaks volumes.

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#8 vgm007
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Three words: third party support. The bulk of the GC's games came from Nintendo (or companies contracted to make games for Nintendo, i.e. Intelligent Systems), and few third party publishers cared for the GC, and instead opted for the PS2 or Xbox.
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... The Wii is 95% backwards compatible with GCN games ...NamelessPlayer

95%? What Cube games don't work on Wii?
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#10 NamelessPlayer
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[QUOTE="NamelessPlayer"]... The Wii is 95% backwards compatible with GCN games ...EmilioDigsIt

95%? What Cube games don't work on Wii?

I can at least say that GameSpot's most dubious AAAA(THPS3)won't display properly on the Wii. Also, I doubt that the few GCN games that made use of the Broadband Adapter will be able to use the Wii's Wi-Fi or USB Ethernet connections to the same effect, which is why I shaved off another few percent.
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#11 ishoturface
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mainly because nintendo abandond it in 2005 after that no body reallt liked it anymore
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#12 diddyj
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mostly because its a gamecube built into a wii...

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#13 LoG-Sacrament
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because nintendo killed it. they took 2 major gcn games and changed them to wii titles. twilight princess was delayed for a year so nintendo could make "significant gameplay improvements" which only ended up being on the wii. the gcn version couldve been released long before the wii version, but nintendo delayed it to just after the wii release further sales of the wii.

super paper mario was orignally a gcn exclusive. nintendo scrapped that and made it a wii game. those are two major titles that wouldve helped the gcn along that got made for the wii. it really hurts a system when its main developer pulls the plug early.

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#14 buttonmash3r
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it was dying before the wii came out. the lack of numerous good titles made it a console hard to devote time and money into.
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#15 cosmostein77
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Microsoft and Nintendo both learnt a lot from their mistakes last generation, they took what they learnt and moved on quickly,

And with Gamecube having a userbase of 20 million or so, it was hard to justify new software for a console that was showing such little growth.

Although full credit should be given to Nintendo for not killing off Zelda TP on GC, and just carrying it solely over to Wii.

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#16 ItsEvolution
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Out of sheer curiosity, how do you put a tiny Gamecube game into the slot on the Wii? Does it have to be centered perfectly when it's being fed into the system?
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#17 JetLagz28
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Out of sheer curiosity, how do you put a tiny Gamecube game into the slot on the Wii? Does it have to be centered perfectly when it's being fed into the system?ItsEvolution

Not really, it just kind of sucks it up, then you eject it, it spits it out. Its works really well!

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#18 ItsEvolution
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[QUOTE="ItsEvolution"]Out of sheer curiosity, how do you put a tiny Gamecube game into the slot on the Wii? Does it have to be centered perfectly when it's being fed into the system?JetLagz28

Not really, it just kind of sucks it up, then you eject it, it spits it out. Its works really well!

Cool. Thanks!

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#19 hiho24
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[QUOTE="ItsEvolution"]Out of sheer curiosity, how do you put a tiny Gamecube game into the slot on the Wii? Does it have to be centered perfectly when it's being fed into the system?JetLagz28

Not really, it just kind of sucks it up, then you eject it, it spits it out. Its works really well!

Thats pretty much the best explanation you could give. :P

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#20 Iszk
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It had absolutely no third party support. The GC had for all intents and purposes "died" long before the Wii came out, upwards of six months previous, imo.
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#21 MAILER_DAEMON
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Nintendo is notorious for immediately abandoning it's previous consoles for exclusives for the newer one.

They did that for each and every one of their consoles.

Flame_Blade88

Nope. The SNES came out in 1991 in the US, yet the NES kept getting new games (and even a redesign) up to 1994. The SNES still had new cames coming out up to 1997, the year after the N64 came out (DKC3 even came out months after the N64's release), and in Japan, Fire Emblem 5 even came out in 1999!

However, the N64 died relatively fast after the GC's release (some Tony Hawk games came out...), and remember that the Wii is fully backwards compatible with the GC... although next-to-nothing came out for it after the Wii's release aside from Twilight Princess.

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#22 GTR2addict
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is anyone here forgetting RE4? it was one of the (if not THE) best games on the GC, and it was ported to the wii for that reason, so... i think nintendo didnt give up on the gamecube, they ported it to the wii
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#23 sumo1973
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is anyone here forgetting RE4? it was one of the (if not THE) best games on the GC, and it was ported to the wii for that reason, so... i think nintendo didnt give up on the gamecube, they ported it to the wiiGTR2addict

Nintendo? Nope it was Capcom making more money out of RE4. I hear there's a mobile/cell phone edition out in Japan soon.