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G a m e C u b e


Nintendo GameCube™ Technical Specifications

  • MPU ("Micro Processing Unit"): Custom IBM Power PC "Gekko" manufactured with 0.18 micron IBM Copper Wire Technology, running at 485 MHz
  • CPU Capacity: 1125 Dmips (Dhrystone 2.1)
  • Internal Data Precision: 32-bit Integer & 64-bit Floating-point
  • External Bus: 1.3 GB/second peak bandwidth
  • 32-bit address space
  • 64-bit data bus
  • 162 MHz clock
  • Internal Cache: L1: Instruction 32KB, Data 32KB (8 way) L2: 256KB (2 way)
  • System LSI: Custom ATI/Nintendo "Flipper" manufactured with 0.18 micron NEC Embedded DRAM Process
  • Clock Frequency: 162 MHz
  • Embedded Frame Buffer: Approx. 2 MB
  • Sustainable Latency: 6.2ns (1T-SRAM)
  • Embedded Texture Cache: Approx. 1 MB
  • Sustainable Latency: 6.2 ns (1T-SRAM)
  • Texture Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB/second (Peak)
  • Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB/second (Peak)
  • Pixel Depth: 24-bit Colour, 24-bit Z Buffer
  • Image Processing Functions: Fog, Subpixel Anti-aliasing, 8 Hardware Lights, Alpha Blending, Virtual Texture Design, Multi-texturing, Bump Mapping, Environment Mapping, MIP Mapping, Bilinear Filtering, Trilinear Filtering, Ansitropic Filtering, Real-time Hardware Texture Decompression (S3TC)
    Real-time Decompression of Display List, HW 3-line De-flickering filter
  • Sound Processor: Custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
  • Instruction Memory: 8KB RAM + 8KB ROM
  • Data Memory: 8KB RAM + 4KB ROM
  • Clock Frequency: 81 MHz
  • Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM & PCM encoding
  • Sampling Frequency: 48KHz
  • Floating-point Arithmetic Capability: 10.5 GFLOPS (Peak)
  • (MPU, Geometry Engine, HW Lighting Total)
  • Real-world polygon: 6 to 12 million polygons/second (Peak)
  • System Memory "Splash": 40 MB
  • Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
  • Approx. 10ns Sustainable Latency
  • A-Memory: 16 MB 81 MHz DRAM
  • Disc Drive: CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) System
  • Average Access Time: 128ms
  • Data Transfer Speed: 16Mbps to 25Mbps
  • Media: 3 inch Nintendo GameCube Disc (based on Matsushita's Optical Disc Technology)
  • Capacity: Approx. 1.5GB
  • DVD, CD, VCD, CD-R, DVD-R compatible (Panasonic version only)
  • 4 Controller Ports
  • 2 Memory Card Slots
  • Analogue AV Output
  • Digital AV Output
  • 2 High-Speed Serial Ports
  • High-speed Parallel Port
  • Power Supply: AC Adapter DC12V x 3.5A
  • Dimensions: Width 150mm (5.9") x Depth 160mm (6.3") x Height 110mm (4.3")


    The Nintendo GameCube was unveiled at Nintendo's Space World 2000 conference in Japan and released on September 14th 2001. The original code name was Project Dolphin but Nintendo chose not to call the console by this name instead changed it to "StarCube" for a short time, then ended up with "GameCube". While the 128-bit console is so small, it is more powerful than the Sony Playstation 2.

    Nintendo's focus is on gameplay, making fun and exciting games that are very playable. The games promise to get the player more involved and be more realistic than ever before.

    The GameCube was released in North America on November 18th 2001, while the European and Australian releases occurred in the second quarter of 2002.

Develop for GameCube

    Like every game consoles development, it's necessary to get a license from the constructor. It will provide you the official development kit and all the technical documentations. You can get this license, if your project is approved by Nintendo, at this address :


    Actually there isn't any other solution to develop for GameCube.