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Wait, The Nintendo GameCube Almost Had An Official LCD Display screen?


A screenshot of the Nintendo GameCube's LCD Screen

The Nintendo GameCube was a bizarre little console, one which had every kind of wacky add-ons and peripherals launched for it through the years, from LAN adapters to Sport Boy Hyperlinks to bongo drums. One factor I by no means knew about till immediately, nonetheless, had been the corporate’s plans for an official LCD display screen.

By way of Go Nintendo, Adam Doree has uploaded an uncut video of a presentation Nintendo made at E3 2002, that includes Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Invoice Trinen. On this video, after the crew had spent ages speaking about Wind Waker and Metroid Prime, Iwata reveals that they’ve one final shock to debate: a first-party LCD display screen, designed to connect to the highest of the console and make it even extra transportable than it already was (the GameCube, famously, included a carrying deal with on the again). I’ve set the video to autoplay initially of the dialogue concerning the display screen:

Shigeru Miyamoto – Unseen/Prolonged 2002 Interview Characteristic, ft. Satoru Iwata & Takashi Tezuka

I by no means knew this! Positive different corporations have stepped into this vacuum through the years, releasing varied screens of various high quality, however it will have been very cool to get an official Nintendo monitor.

It measured simply 5 inches throughout, with a 4:3 ratio, and a decision of simply 320×240. Which sounds dangerous by 2023 requirements however this was 2002, so for the time they weren’t horrible, as you possibly can see within the footage above, the place Mario Sunshine seems simply nice! It’s additionally fascinating listening to Iwata say it was peripherals like this that particularly satisfied Nintendo to put in digital output—itself a forgotten however superb facet of the {hardware}—for the GameCube.

Iwata even reveals that he had met with Sega’s Yuji Naka—in happier occasions—about Phantasy Star On-line, and the pair mentioned whether or not they might take that title and “make it a transportable sport” to take advantage of this display screen. None of which ever got here to cross, after all, nevertheless it’s nonetheless neat imagining a GameCube period the place you possibly can have grabbed your console by its deal with, taken it to a mates home and performed Mario Kart Double Sprint by yourself little official Nintendo display screen.

Simply because I’m solely studying about this immediately doesn’t imply there isn’t different stuff on the market concerning the display screen; right here’s a 2002 write-up on IGN about how good it seemed, for instance, whereas its itemizing on Console Variations speculates that the excessive price of LCD screens on the time made it too costly to launch. The video under, in the meantime, has an excellent linger on footage of the display screen alongside some audio system, a part of essentially the most 2002 gaming setup possible.

E3 2002 – Nintendo Sales space Footage

UPDATE: Because of Spindash on Twitter, there’s extra! Satoru Iwata quietly revealed years later that the monitor had secret, glasses-free 3D capabilities that Nintendo “saved secret”, together with the trivia that the Phantasy Star On-line figures seen in among the show items ended up getting stolen off the showroom flooring!



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