Hidden intro screens. Controllers that don't exist. Dolphins. The GameCube has quite the collection of secrets and easter eggs.

Did You Know Gaming's latest video takes a look at the venerable Nintendo GameCube, which turns thirteen years old this year. And, like pretty much every other game system, it's far from just a receptacle for great games—it's a device with its own little interesting story. After all, a lot of things can happen in four years' development time.

Have a look:

In case you can't watch the video, here are some of the more fascinating pieces of trivia:

  • The GameCube's development codename was Dolphin, and this is referenced in several of its games: for example in Super Mario Sunshine, which takes place on Isle Delfino, and Pikmin, where Olimar's spaceship is called Dolphin.
  • Nintendo actually patented and developed a motion controller for the GameCube—Rogue Squadron series developer Factor 5 even experimented with implementing it in their games. Obviously, the controller was scrapped.
  • Before it was released, Nintendo showed off the GameCube's graphical capabilities in several tech demos. One of them was an animated 3D music video featuring several PokĂ©mon, including an electric guitar-wielding Meowth. Some people took this as a hint that a new PokĂ©mon game would be coming, and they were proven right, eventually, with the release of PokĂ©mon Colosseum in November 2003 (or March 2004 in the 'States).
  • The GameCube was the first Nintendo console not to launch with a game that had Mario as the protagonist—however, it did launch with a Mario franchise game, in the form of Luigi's Mansion.
  • There were two alternate intro screens for the GameCube: one was accessed by holding the Z button on the controller, and the other by plugging in three other controllers and holding the Z button on all of them.
  • The texture used by the GameCube logo on the intro screen is actually the same shiny metal texture used by every game on the system.

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GameCube - Did You Know Gaming [DYKG@YouTube]

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