Gallery: Is the Panasonic Q the most beautiful Nintendo console of all time?
This week, the Nintendo GameCube celebrates its 20th anniversary. This eye-catching system may have battled the incredible power of the PlayStation 2, but few would say Sony’s machine was more purely physical appealing. The boxy GameCube, with its unusual travel handle, is a true design icon, and its appealing aesthetic is perhaps one of the main reasons it remains so popular, even after two decades.
However, it is easy to forget that a even more attractive A variation of the GameCube does exist – although, with reported sales of just 100,000 units, you can’t be faulted for never having seen one in the flesh. The Panasonic Q follows on from Sharp’s Twin Famicom – a Nintendo console that wasn’t made by Nintendo itself, but another licensed company – and for many collectors, it’s the gem of Nintendo’s fandom. .
It’s easy to see why the Panasonic Q exists. The GameCube was the only system among the three main consoles of the time (PS2 and Xbox being the others) that did not support the sophisticated new DVD movie format that had just arrived on the market, therefore, by introducing a special model that did it all (including playing music CDs and MP3 CDs), Panasonic could potentially carve out a profitable niche for itself insightful Nintendo fan. In addition to the added multimedia functionality, the Panasonic Q comes dressed in one of the most magnificent cases ever. The mirrored front panel is adorned with buttons, while the metal housing positively gives off the impression of high-end AV equipment. Who wouldn’t want it? Well, with a retail price of 41,000 (around $ 375) compared to the 25,000 ($ 227) asked for the standard GameCube at launch, the Panasonic Q was never going to be a mass-market proposition, of where the aforementioned dismal sales. The console was discontinued at the end of 2003.
It should be noted that DVD playback was limited to Region 2, as the Panasonic Q was never sold in the West, but many importers would offer modified units that could run discs from other regions. The Q supports a wide range of GameCube accessories, with the most notable exception being the Game Boy Player, which does not fit under the system due to its different footprint. However, a unique Game Boy Player was manufactured specifically for the Panasonic Q and is madly expensive nowadays.
The same can be said of the machine itself. Due to its gorgeous design, DVD functionality, and low output, the Panasonic Q is now one of the most sought-after components in Nintendo hardware. Since it’s possible to get a used GameCube for a very reasonable price (not to mention the fact that DVD players have since been supplanted by Blu-ray players), there is little reason to invest. in a Panasonic Q in 2021, beyond what it looks like – but then, when a console looks as good as this, that might be the only reason you need it.
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