Nintendo GameCube

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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Home console
Release date(s) Japan September 14, 2001
United States of America November 18, 2001
Europe May 3, 2002
Australia May 17, 2002
Media GameCube Game Disc, Game Pak (Game Boy Player required)
Input GameCube Controller
WaveBird Controller
Game Boy Advance
Predecessor Nintendo 64
Successor Wii

The Nintendo GameCube[nb 1] (officially abbreviated as GCN) is a home video game console created by Nintendo and released in 2001. It is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and the predecessor to the Wii. Three of the first-generation Animal Crossing gamesDoubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+—were released on the GameCube in 2001, 2002, and 2003, respectively. Additionally, Super Smash Bros. Melee, which features three trophies of characters from Doubutsu no Mori, was released for the console shortly before Doubutsu no Mori+ in 2001. The GameCube has the ability to connect to the Game Boy Advance to unlock features in various games, including all three Animal Crossing games.

The GameCube sold 21.74 million units worldwide and was discontinued in mid-2007. The GameCube's games and controllers are also backward-compatible with its successor, the Wii, although this feature was removed in later Wii models.

Animal Crossing-related games[edit]

The following titles can also be played on the first model of the Wii through backward compatibility.

Game Image Release date(s)
Super Smash Bros. Melee SSBM Box.jpg Japan November 21, 2001
United States of America December 3, 2001
Europe May 24, 2002
Australia May 31, 2002
Doubutsu no Mori+ DnM+ Box.png Japan December 14, 2001
Animal Crossing PG Box NA.png United States of America September 16, 2002
Australia October 17, 2003
Europe September 24, 2004
Doubutsu no Mori e+ DnMe+ Outer Box.png Japan June 27, 2003

Memory Card[edit]

"Memory Card" redirects here. For the similar accessory for the Nintendo 64, see Nintendo 64 § Controller Pak.

Save data for GameCube games is stored on Memory Cards. There are three official Memory Card capacities: a gray 59-block card, a black 251-block card, and a white 1019-block card. A 59-block Memory Card featuring a unique label and special letter data was included with all copies of Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing.[nb 2] The letter on the card contains a welcome message from Nintendo and a grab bag containing "K.K. Love Song" and two random NES games.

The special data, titled "Bonus Letters:1" ("Gift:1" in the European version), places the welcome letter in the mailbox of the first player to load their save, which in practice is always the first player to move to town, since the data cannot be copied or moved to a Memory Card with existing town data. After the letter is sent, the counter decrements to zero and the special data can no longer be used.

The letter reads:

Dear <player>,
Welcome to Animal Crossing!
What we've created isn't just
another game, but a whole
new experience! Invite your
friends and family to join
you in your brand-new life!

The AC Development Team

In the European version, the welcome letter also features translations to French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Game Boy Advance compatibility[edit]

Main article: Game Boy Advance
The Game Boy Advance link cable

A Game Boy Advance can be connected to the GameCube via Nintendo GameCube–Game Boy Advance link cable. The GBA is used in Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+ to unlock extra features, most notably access to Animal Island in Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing, and access to the Doubutsu-tachi to Asobou! minigames in Doubutsu no Mori e+.

Appearances in the Animal Crossing series[edit]

The GameCube has been featured and referenced several times in the Animal Crossing series:


  1. Japanese: ニンテンドーゲームキューブ Hepburn: Nintendou Geimukyuubu
  2. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, which was never bundled with a Memory Card, this letter is instead contained in the game itself and sent to each player upon moving into town.


  1. PushDustIn (June 6, 2016). "All About GameCube Memory Card Variants". Source Gaming. Retrieved January 1, 2024.

External links[edit]

Nintendo GameCube on other wikis