Wii Takes Nintendo Throne, GameCube Discontinued
We'll always have the memories. Mario Party, Wind Waker, and Resident Evil 4 (considered by some to be the greatest game of all time) were all shining moments for the little GameCube, Nintendo's cute 2001 console. However, after a strong holiday 2006 for the company's newest system, the Wii, Nintendo has officially phased out the production of its GameCube.
The news came from Perrin Kaplan, vice president of Nintendo
"Are we producing any more GameCubes? No. But, do we have the inventory there for people to still purchase? Yes."
Since Microsoft long ago discontinued its original Xbox, it only makes some sense that Nintendo (and eventually Sony) should follow. However, the Xbox 360 doesn't have the retro integration with the Xbox that the Wii shares with the GameCube. Those investing in Nintendo's most recent console will find ports for GameCube controllers, slots for GameCube memory cards, and of course, the ability to insert the GameCube's minidisk.
Perhaps it's for this reason that Nintendo has officially pulled the plug. The GameCube was an attractive system to many gamers because of its lower price tag, and that appeal has been largely phased out by the Wii's similar value.